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Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde Business School under the Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme, which supports high-quality research and impact. My research focuses on skills, jobs and working life. Prior to joining academia I worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 15 years. I am also a charted occupational psychologist, practitioner psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research, teaching and publication interests are aligned to the University’s strategic priorities. My main research interests lie in the areas of: skills, skills utilisation and skill ecosystems; middle-skill jobs; apprenticeships; labour market transitions; the future of jobs and skills; gender equality; and healthy workplaces and workers. My research has a strong public policy/KE focus. I recently served as a member of the OECD Expert Advisory Group on the project Better Using Skills in the Workplace (in collaboration with the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – see report). I am also a Board member of the Centre for Work-Based Learning (CWBL), which aims to drive cultural change and create demand for work-based learning in Scotland. The Centre was founded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and we work in partnership to influence policy, practice and perception of work-based learning.

Research Interests

My main research interests are around: skills, skills utilisation and skill ecosystems; middle-skilled jobs; apprenticeships; labour market transitions; the future of jobs and skills; gender equality; and healthy work and workers. 

Examples of current/recent research include: attracting, training and retaining young chefs; advanced manufacturing skills; green jobs and skills; women in wind turbine technician/field roles; the professionalisation of intermediate occupations; skill ecosystems in context; and graduate apprenticeships.

Expertise & Capabilities

Education, Training and Skills 

Work and Occupations

Labour Market and Labour Process Issues

Skill Ecosystems

Green Jobs and Skills

Industry 4.0 Jobs and Skills 

The Future of Work

Work-Based Learning (WBL)

Gender Equality

Healthy Workplaces and Workers

Academic / Professional qualifications

BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology (Strathclyde), Postgraduate Diploma in Alcohol Studies (Paisley College of Technology), MSc in Occupational Psychology (Strathclyde/Heriot-Watt), PhD in Human Resource Management (ESRC Case Studentship, Strathclyde), Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC).

Teaching Interests

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, currently HRM honours coordinator and class coordinator and/or lecturer on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

Work Psychology for Human Rource Management

Work, Employment and Society

Labour and Diversity in a Global Context



  • skills
  • skills utilisation
  • skill ecosystems
  • jobs
  • work
  • work organisation
  • job quality
  • labour process
  • Organisational change
  • future of work
  • labour market
  • youth transitions
  • graduates
  • professions
  • apprenticeships
  • Industry 4.0
  • green economy
  • Circular Economy
  • Gender
  • Ageing
  • equality
  • Training
  • Work-based Learning
  • careers
  • Mobility/Mobilities
  • Manufacturing
  • engineering

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Research Output

The green factor: unpacking green job growth

Sofroniou, N. & Anderson, P., 1 Jun 2020, In : International Labour Review. 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Bringing positional processes back in: occupational gender segregation in 'non-academic' work

    Anderson, P., O'Hagan, A. & Thomson, E., 6 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Human Resource Management. 39 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Thesis

    Dynamics of trust in the employment relationship

    Author: Battaglia, S., 19 Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Burns, C. (Supervisor) & Anderson, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD (External organisation)

    Pauline Anderson (Member)
    Mar 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    European Management Review (Journal)

    Pauline Anderson (Peer reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review