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Skills, jobs, work, the future of work, labour process and market issues

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Personal Statement

My research expertise lies in the broad area of skills, jobs and working life. I have particular interest in the future of work, the digital and green transitions, building better and more inclusive skill ecosystems, job quality, changing work locations, labour market and education/training developments and issues. My recent/current research and research projects are increasingly concerned with green jobs, green skills and a ‘just’ transition to net zero (e.g. The Green Factor).

Prior to moving into academia, I worked in the public and third sectors for over 15 years. Much of my research has a strong policy focus, and I have a sustained track record of leading, managing and delivering high-quality research and consultancy projects from a range of funders - including UNDP, British Academy/Leverhulme, the Scottish Government, SDS, Close the Gap, UK Major Ports Group. I previously served on the leadership team of the Centre for Work-based Learning (CWBL) and was 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). I currently serve on the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan (CESAP) Implementation Steering Group (having previously served on the CESAP Expert Group, which oversaw the development of the CESAP).

Research Interests

Examples of current/recent research include:

  • Green jobs: definition and measurement
  • The skills ecosystem for subsurface net zero technologies and principles for a just transition
  • Routes to net zero: engineering better geoscience skill ecosystems 
  • Low paid work and the transition to net zero
  • Graduating in a pandemic: careers, well-being and hopes for the future
  • The future Ports' workforce
  • What works for remote first
  • Skills needs in construction, textiles and renewables
  • Fair work in modern and graduate apprenticeships
  • Meta/future-skills mapping
  • The chef skills shortage crisis
  • Developing advanced manufacturing skills
  • Changing demand for green jobs and skills
  • Women in new green jobs (wind turbine jobs/roles)
  • The professionalisation of intermediate occupations

Expertise & Capabilities

Skills, jobs and working life

Skill ecosystems

Skill formation systems

Labour market developments and issues

Professions and professionalisation

Healthy workers and workplaces

Career transitions

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

People, Technology and Work

Work, Employment and Society

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management

Labour and Diversity in a Global Context

 

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Keywords

  • skills
  • skill ecosystems
  • jobs
  • job quality
  • future of work
  • green jobs
  • green skills
  • 'just' transition
  • net zero
  • technology and work
  • hybrid working
  • remote working
  • ageing workforce
  • graduates
  • professions
  • youth transitions
  • labour market
  • careers
  • equality
  • engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Health

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