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Professor Paul Stewart

Human Resource Management

Personal statement

Paul Stewart is Professor of the Sociology of Work and Employment at the University of Strathclyde. He is co-ordinator of the Marie Curie programme "Changing Employment", a 4 million Euro FP7 ITN programme (2012-2016) with eight partner European universities and range of European social partners. He has been researching the impact of lean production on auto workers for over two decades, working with assembly workers and UNITE at national and plant level. With the support of the NI Community Relations Council and the Carnegie Trust he is also currently working on projects assessing the impact of sectarianism on Polish and Lithuanian migrant workers living in the north of Ireland and Scotland and the consequences of (dis)placement for community participation and engagement in political life. He is a member of UNITE and the Independent Workers' Union in Ireland and a non-executive director of CAIRDE Teo, an Irish language community association in Armagh City delivering community development and social and welfare rights advice in the medium of the Irish language.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • Research with labour and social movements in the UK, Ireland, Brazil and Japan.
    • Non Executive Director, CAIRDE teo , Armagh. Social economy research.

Prizes and awards

Coordinator
Recipient
2012

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Publications

The perforated borders of labour migration and the formal state : meta-state and para-state regulation
Virginio Francis Vinicius Portes, Garvey Brian, Stewart Paul
Employee Relations Vol 39, pp. 391-407, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ER-03-2016-0061
Lean as ideology and practice : a comparative study of the impact of Lean production on working life in automotive manufacturing in the United Kingdom and Poland
Stewart Paul, Mrozowicki Adam, Danford Andy, Murphy Ken
Competition and Change Vol 20, pp. 1-19, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1024529416636192
Global value chains, organizations and industrial work
Stewart Paul, Garvey Brian
The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Work and EmploymentThe Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment, (2015)
Migrant workers and the north of Ireland : between neoliberalism and sectarianism
Garvey Brian, Stewart Paul
Work, Employment and Society Vol 29, pp. 392-408, (2015)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017014556800
The independent workers' union : class, nation and oppositional labour movements in Ireland from 1900 to the Celtic Tiger
Stewart Paul, McKearney Tommy, Garvey Brian
Labor History Vol 55, pp. 486-500, (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2014.936693
Sociologists and the Labour movement : between East and West
Stewart Paul, Garvey Brian, Polkowski Radosław, Karolak Mateusz
XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology Conference, (2014)

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Teaching

Sociology of Work and Employment, Political economy and Participatory Action Research methodologies.

Research interests

Paul Stewart is Professor of the Sociology of Work and Employment at the University of Strathclyde. He is co-ordinator of the Marie Curie programme "Changing Employment", a 4 million Euro FP7 ITN programme (2012-2016) with eight partner European universities and range of European social partners. He has been researching the impact of lean production on auto workers for over two decades, working with assembly workers and UNITE at national and plant level. With the support of the NI Community Relations Council and the Carnegie Trust he is also currently working on projects assessing the impact of sectarianism on Polish and Lithuanian migrant workers living in the north of Ireland and Scotland and the consequences of (dis)placement for community participation and engagement in political life. He is a member of UNITE and the Independent Workers' Union in Ireland and a non-executive director of CAIRDE Teo, an Irish language community association in Armagh City delivering community development and social and welfare rights advice in the medium of the Irish language. He is also a member of the Critical Labour Studies network, an alternative critical labour studies forum. He is co author of "We Sell Our Time No More", a critical Sociology of the struggles of car workers against lean production in the UK automotive industry. He was editor of the British Sociological Association's journal Work, Employment and Society (2001-2004).  He is a member of the editorial committee of Capital and Class. 

Main areas of research in the fiels of the Sociology of work and employment include: research in the field of labour processes and labour relations in the automotive industry (UK, Canada, Brazil, Italy and France).  Migration and employment relations of migrant workers and their community experiences (including north of Ireland and Scotland, Japan and Poland).  Researching community unions in Ireland and Japan.

Professional activities

Coordinator of Marire Curie ChangingEmployment (ITN) EU funded (External organisation)
Member
1/12/2012
Capital and Class (Journal)
Editorial board member
2012
International Labour Process Conference 2008
Organiser
2011
La Nouvelle Revue du Travail (Journal)
Editorial board member
2011
External examiner
External Examiner
2011
Capital and Class (Journal)
Editor
2010

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Projects

regulation of work and employment: towards a multidisciplinary, multilevel framework
Stewart, Paul (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2013 - 31-Aug-2016
Challenges and Futures for new technologies: finding (e)quality in work, water and food in the energy frontiers
Stewart, Paul (Principal Investigator) Garvey, Brian (Co-investigator) Joao, Elsa (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Principal Investigator)
This interdisciplinary, exploratory agenda focuses on maturing ‘low carbon’ innovations and policy for agroenergy and, often competing, localised social technologies in food and energy production in south Goias state and northern UK. It does so through two exploratory field visits and two subsequent collaborative pilot research periods. Funded by Newton Fund, RCUK-CONFAP
Period 12-Feb-2015 - 12-Feb-2016
Challenges and Future for new technologies: finding (e)quality in work, water and food in the energy frontiers - Newton Fund.
Stewart, Paul (Principal Investigator) Garvey, Brian (Co-investigator) Joao, Elsa (Co-investigator)
"This interdisciplinary, exploratory agenda focuses on maturing 'low carbon' innovations and policy for agroenergy and, often competing, localised social technologies in food and energy production in south Goias state and northern UK. It does so through two exploratory field visits and two subsequent collaborative pilot research periods. These pilots integrate a baseline geo-mapping survey with worker interviews to explore the implications of ethanol production in north England (from corn) and south Goias (from sugarcane) for the availability and quality of work, of water and of land for food production. These sites are of local, regional and global economic and environmental significance. Secondly, two component case studies of local, participative and potentially socially, environmentally and financially sustainable approaches to food and energy production will be drawn from coastal Scotland and south Goias. These activities form the basis for two complimentary workshops, with a focus on policy and technical innovation towards enhanced social and environmental futures for food and energy production and three structured meetings between partners, senior institutional staff and students to establish and resource an enduring, interdisciplinary research agenda and collaborative postgraduate training. The process will be filmed as part of project learning and dissemination. The project stages are set out below alongside the name of the individual applicant with responsibility for each. Rationale: BP investment in agrofuel in UK and Brazil typifies recent market diversification by hydrocarbon/0etrochemical majors, and the issues regarding designated technologies: further market capture and concentration may have implications for work and natural resource allocation, while the socio and bio-diverse impacts of food conversion to energy crops remain under analysed. Secondly, Scotland's impressive record as an EU leader in renewable energy and stated aim to attain energy self-sufficiency from renewable resources by 2020 rests heavily on wind and water. Resource scarcity has forced islanders into innovating and maintaining community owned, sustainable energy alternatives leading to repopulation. Furthermore, in its coastal, rural areas short supply chains and low tillage have been among distinct and instructive survival and policy strategies of small farmers and their associations. Activity: Three day Spring school on 'human and physical resources in the production of renewable energy' with UFG visitors, staff and students of Dept CEE, Dept HRM, Technology and Innovation Centre, existing research partners from Poland and Hungary and stakeholders from public, commercial and social sectors. (E Joao and P Stewart) Activity -Formal partner meeting Activity- Pilot Research period 1. Two Postgraduate researchers (CEE and HRM) and one from UFG accompanied by Brian Garvey (HRM). Scoping research that geo-maps the physical influence of ethanol production on land and water use in Hull, provides for preliminary interviews with workers in the sector. Case study development of sustainable food and energy production in coastal Scotland based on community interviews. (B Garvey) Stage 2 Brazil Activity - Stewart, Jo, Garvey and postgraduate researcher in UFG. Field visits to south Goias expansion of agrofuel production for national and EU market."
Period 01-Jan-2015 - 31-Dec-2015
Roberts Funding / Skills Training / RA4390
Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Stewart, Paul (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2008 - 31-Oct-2013
ChangingEmployment (FP7 Marie Curie ITN)
Stewart, Paul (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2012 - 30-Nov-2016

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