Projects per year
Ian Cunningham is Professor of Employment Relations in the Department of HRM. He is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and between 2010 - 2013 he was Treasurer of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA). Professor Cunningham's research interests include voluntary sector employment relations, sickness absence and disability management, employee involvement and participation and public sector employment relations during austerity. Professor Cunningham has published in a wide range of HR and public administration journals and has strong research links with scholars from Canada and Austrlia. He is currently supervising four Phd students.
Professor Ian Cunningham's research interests include employee relations in voluntary organisations, absence and disability management, employee involvement in voluntary organisations and employment relations in the public services during austerity. In recent years in has published a book with Routledge (2008) entitled 'Employment Relations in the Voluntary Sector'. In addition, with Professor Phil James he published an edited volume entitled 'Voluntary Organisations and Public Service Delivery', Routledge. This includes contributions from scholars from the UK, Canada, Australia and the United States. Ian has been involved in 7 funded research projects in recent years, including two with a international comparative aspect. Currently he is working with Professor Donna Baines of McMaster University on a project examining precarious work among the non-profit workforce. Ian is currently beginning work looking at employment conditions in voluntary and private care providers in Scotland. His other research interests include employee absence and disability, involvement and participation and public service employment during austerity. Professor Cunningham currently has four Phd students.
Professor Ian Cunningham currently teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate in employee relations.
Along with Dr Colin Lindsay Ian has developed an Honours level module in HRM and Employee Relations in Public Services.
Expertise & Capabilities
Non-profit employment relations
Social Care work
Impact of public service austerity
Union organising in the non-profit sector
Employment relations in the public sector
Absence and disability management
Involvement and participation
Line managers and employee relations
12/10/18 → 30/04/19
1/04/17 → 31/03/19
Research Output per year
Evaluating the role of Trade Unions and Civil Society Organisations in supporting graduate educated disabled workersWilliam, L. & Cunningham, I., 7 Aug 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Economic and Industrial Democracy. 23 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
The Enablers and Barriers to Voluntary Sector Organisations Providing Personalised Support through Delivery of Self Directed Support: Part Two: The Experience of SDSEccles, A. & Cunningham, I., 7 Aug 2018, Edinburgh. 57 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
An exploratory study on the impact of new public management inspired change on work and HRM in the Irish nonprofit, voluntary and community sectorAuthor: O'Rourke, P., 1 Oct 2011
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Caring within constraint : employment relations in voluntary sector social care in the context of personalisation, marketization and austerityAuthor: Young, D., 1 Oct 2016
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Activities per year
Activity: Examination types › Examination
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences
Ian Cunningham (Participant)
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Policy and legislation, Public understanding, information and debate
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Policy and legislation, Professional practice, training and standards