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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I have been with SCER since 2006 and in this time have worked across a number of projects and research areas including job quality, skill utilisation, employee relations and equality at work. My current focus concerns interrogating the links between fair work and innovation in the workplace. The aim of this programme of work is to advance understanding of the choices, capacities and constraints policy-makers and firms encounter in pursuit of inclusive growth. Feeding into that, my doctoral research examines practices and processes that facilitate employee-driven innovation in Scotland's education and computer games sectors. 


Research Interests

Current/ Recent Projects

  • Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) with the Scottish Government 2015/16
  • Choice, Capacity or Constraint? Employee-led innovation in public and private sectors 2015 (Doctoral research)
  • Women in Manufacturing (Close the Gap) 2014
  • Work, Employment, Skills, and Training: Where next for Scotland? (ESRC) 2013/14
  • The Capacity for Human Resource Development in Scotland (SKOPE) 2013/14
  • Graduate Skills (SKOPE) 2012/13

Expertise & Capabilities

Employee-Driven Innovation

Fair Work

Job Quality

Skill utilisation

Human Resource Development and Skill Utilisation 

Equality at Work


Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Master of Business Administration, Queen Margaret University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005


Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

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Workplace Innovation Masterclasses

Findlay, P., Lindsay, C., McQuarrie, J. & Pascoe-Deslauriers, R.


Project: Knowledge Exchange (Services/Consultancy)

Research Output

NHS Scotland Staff Experience and Continuous Improvement Model: Research into Implementation

Lindsay, C., Stewart, R., Findlay, P., Maguire, R., Scholarios, D. & McQuarrie, J., 31 May 2019, Edinburgh. 50 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
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    Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?

    McQuarrie, J., Findlay, P. & Briken, K., 24 Aug 2019, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


    • 9 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Organiser of special symposia
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?

    Johanna McQuarrie (Speaker), Patricia Findlay (Speaker), Kendra Briken (Contributor), Robert Van Der Meer (Contributor), Marion Bennie (Contributor) & Emma Dunlop (Contributor)

    22 Aug 201924 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    SCER/Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Masterclass 8

    Patricia Findlay (Organiser), Colin Lindsay (Organiser) & Johanna McQuarrie (Organiser)

    7 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course