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Personal Statement

I have been in post since 2010.  I am Professor of Work and Employment Relations and my research and teaching expertise is in the study of work and the management of the employment relationship. To illustrate, my published work includes topics such as workplace innovation; improving job quality; skills implication of automation; workplace learning, including union-led learning; skills and skills valuation; employer-employee partnerships. My research is funded by a variety of organisations including the ESRC, ERDF, the Technology Strategy Board, government, public, private and third sector organisations.

I am a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College and previously of the ESRC Future Research Leaders SIFT panel.  I am a member of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Review Panel.  I sit on the Editorial Board of the Industrial Relations Journal, having previously been a board member of the journal Work, Employment and Society.  I have a long-standing association with, and have co-organised, the International Labour Process Conference and have organised streams at the Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics (SASE) Conference.  I am a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, the British Sociological Association and SASE. I am also a long-standing member of the Employment Tribunals Service and sit on the Steering Group of the Scottish Living Wage Campaign and the Advisory Group to the Oxfam Decent Work Project, having previously sat on the Steering Group of the Oxfam Scotland Humankind Index.  

I am currently the Academic Adviser to the Fair Work Convention, having previously been a member of the Scottish Government Review Group - Working Together: Progressive Workplace Policies in Scotland.  I am also a member of the Scottish Government's Innovation Forum. I previously supported the work of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Group on Women and Work through my activities as Chair of Research and Analysis for the Women’s Employment Summit.

I am also the Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER) which aims to inform academic, policy and practice debates on work and employment. Building on our previous Innovating Works initiative, SCER is currently working closely  with multiple stakeholders in a project aimed at Harnessing Knowledge, Research and Networks to drive Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) in Scotland, funded by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council and supported by STUC. in addition, SCER is delivering a series of Workplace Innovation Masterclasses in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and is leading an evaluation of Community Pharmacy Technology Pilots in conjunction with Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.  

A key part of my role at SCER is to support the activities and career development of SCER’s researchers and doctoral students attached to SCER projects. 

Research Interests

My recent research activity has focussed on four key themes:  job quality and how this can be improved; skills and learning, gender equality; and industrial relations governance within and outwith the workplace.  These distinct research themes are also relevant to my broader interest in workplace innovation within a mutual gains framework.  Current/recent research projects include:

  • Harnessing Knowledge, Research and Networks to drive Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) in Scotland
  • Evaluation of Community Pharmacy Technology Pilots
  • Workplace Innovation Masterclasses
  • Innovating Works ... improving work and workplaces
  • The future of work, employment, skills and training in Scotland
  • Automation, organisational redesign and associated skills implications within hospital pharmacy services
  • Profiling women’s participation in manufacturing
  • Smart HR metrics and monitoring equality and diversity data
  • Occupational pay comparisons
  • Union-led employability and employment rights support
  • Making bad jobs better
  • Improving skills utilisation
  • Union-led learning and trade union revitalisation
  • Employer-employee partnerships and mutual gains organisational change
  • Teachers’ pay comparability
  • Gender inequality in financial services

Teaching Interests

My two main areas of responsibility in teaching in recent years has been for a group of doctoral students and for the MBA Module Managing People in Organisations. I have also delivered teaching for bespoke MBA programmes through the Centre for Corporate Connections.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Workplace Innovation
  • Job quality, skills and learning
  • Fair work
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment Regulation
  • Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford


External positions

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

2017 → …


  • employment
  • skills
  • workplace learning
  • workplace innovation
  • job quality and fair work
  • labour market
  • trade unions
  • HRM
  • gender inequality
  • employment regulation and governance
  • Women and work

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Projects 2010 2019

Research Output 1996 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)
new technology
New Public Management

Calm seas or choppy waters? The role of procurement in supporting fair work

Findlay, P. & Roy, G. (ed.), 22 Mar 2017, In : Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary. 41, 1, p. 38-45 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Public procurement
Competitive tendering



Activities 1993 2016

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (External organisation)

Patricia Findlay (Member)
May 2016 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

International Labour Process Conference

Patricia Findlay (Participant)
2016 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Supporting the funding and delivery of union-led learning services that widen educational access and benefit learners, unions and employers

Patricia Findlay (Participant), Chris Warhurst (Participant)

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