Title: Director of CROME and Professor of Comparative Employment Relations and HRM
Faculty/ Department: CROME – Centre for Research on Management and Employment, University of Brighton Business School
Field of study: Economic Sociology & Human Resource Management
Subject areas: Labour market transitions, Gender inequality, youth labour markets, equal pay, and comparative research methods
I completed my doctorate in Economic Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford University in 1992 and my first degree in Politics at the University of Hull in 1986. During my doctoral research I also taught courses in British Politics at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, in Paris (1989-90), and for Stanford University (1988).
On completing my D.Phil I worked for a year as a researcher at the University of Manchester School of Management, (UMIST) (1991-2) on a project looking at the use of IT by financial advisors in the UK.
I was appointed lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at Royal Holloway School of Management, London University (1992-4). During this time I collaborated on the London University external BSc. (Econ.) degree in Management run from the London School of Economics. As part of this collaboration I also taught at the Singapore School of Management (1993).
During a summer research visit to Berlin funded by a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) grant I was invited to apply for the post of a senior research fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) (Social Science Research Centre) where I remained for ten years (1994-2004). During this time I ran a number of large scale European and international research projects examining the impact of labour market policy and employment transitions. In 2000 I was awarded a Jean Monnet Research Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.
I returned to the UK in 2004 to become a Reader in Sociology at the University of Sussex, and moved to take a chair at Brighton Business School in October 2008. We established the Centre for Research on Management and Employment (CROME) in 2010 (http://www.brighton.ac.uk/crome). I am currently coordinator of style (www.style-research.eu) a large-scale EU FP7 project on Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe.