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Personal Statement

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.

Research Interests

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.

Teaching Interests

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

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Projects 2008 2019

Research Output 1999 2018

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Industrial relations
Trade unions
Civil society organizations
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Activities 1999 2015

External Examiner HRM Programmes

Ian Cunningham (External Examiner)
1 Nov 20151 Nov 2018

Activity: Examination typesExamination

A view from here

Ian Cunningham (Keynote/plenary speaker)
21 Oct 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences


Flexible But Not Precarious: Towards a Sustainable Social Contract

Ian Cunningham (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Public understanding, information and debate

Influencing employment relations policy and practice in the voluntary sector

Ian Cunningham (Participant), Dennis Nickson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Professional practice, training and standards