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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
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Amplifying Employee Voice and Hearing the Unheard: A Multidisciplinary Study of Contemporary Working Lives in Deindustrialised Communities
Johnstone, S., Briken, K., Cunningham, I., Hadjisolomou, T., McCarthy, T., McIntyre, S., Scholarios, D. & Taylor, P.
ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
1/10/22 → 30/09/25
Re-examining the role of line manager in managing sickness absence during and post-pandemic and the issue of legitimacy of sickness: Informing policy and practice for a fairer workplace
Hadjisolomou, T., Cunningham, I. & Remnant, J.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD
20/07/22 → 19/07/24
Introducing Fair Work through 'soft' regulation in outsourced public service networks: explaining unintended outcomes in the implementation of the Scottish living wage policyCunningham, I., James, P., Baluch, A. & Cullen, A. M., 28 Oct 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Industrial Law Journal. 40 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Conceptualising employee voice in the majority world: using multiple intellectual traditions inspired by the work of Mick Marchington: employee voice in the majority worldDibben, P., Cunningham, I., Bakalov, N. & Xian, H., 26 Sept 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Human Resource Management Journal. 35 p., D 21-HRMJ-06671.R1 [email ref: DL-RW-1-a].
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
International Labour Process Conference 2023
Ian Cunningham (Chair), Kendra Briken (Organiser), Tasos Hadjisolomou (Organiser), Brian Garvey (Organiser), Dora Scholarios (Organiser), Pratima Sambajee (Organiser) & Darren McGuire (Organiser)12 Apr 2023 → 15 Apr 2023
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of major conference
The Care Necessities – Developing Inclusive Digital Technologies for Scotland’s Post Pandemic Social Care
Kendra Briken (Speaker), Alina Baluch (Speaker) & Ian Cunningham (Speaker)2 Feb 2023
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Flexible But Not Precarious: Towards a Sustainable Social Contract
Ian Cunningham (Participant)
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Policy 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 Portal › Policy and legislation, Professional practice, training and standardsFile