• United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

As a trained sociologist, my research focusses on work, emplyment, and technology. I am specifically interested in developments around digitalisation of work, the decision making processes around the invention and implementation  of new technologies, and workforce outcomes. I am interested in the cross-sectional emerging varieties of automation, the related power structures, and how they are impacting on work and life. The integrity of teaching and research is crucial to my pedagogical approaches.

Teaching Interests

My teaching covers the broad range of sociology of work. 

 My core areas are:

  • Sociology of Work
  • Social Theory
  • HRM and Public Sector
  • (International) Employee Relations
  • Surveillance Studies

Expertise & Capabilities


  • New Technologies and the Workplace
  • Work and Gender
  • Labour Process Analysis & Critical Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Trade Unions 
  • Organisation theory


Research Interests

My reserach interests are in the broad area of changing work and employment structures, with a focus on new technologies and re-roganisation. I did research the impact of the implementation of New Public Management on public servants in different nations and sectors (police, waste collection, energy). More recently, I started to investigate in the effects robotics-led workplaces have on job quality. I am also interested in reseraching trade unions, particularly in terms of their representational and oragnisational capacities. My research relies on inter-disciplinary as well as international collaborations.

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):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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