Pauline Anderson


  • United Kingdom

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Skills, jobs, work, training, education, labour process and market issues


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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 academic interests centre around skills, jobs and working life. Prior to joining academia I worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 15 years.

My research has a strong public policy/KE focus. I was an international consultant on the UNDP project Bridging the Skills Gap to Create New and Better Jobs, 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) and member of the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan (CESAP) Expert Group. 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 research expertise lies in the broad area of skills, jobs and working life, and centres on three main themes 1) skills, skills utilisation and skill ecosystems 2) labour market transitions, social mobility and equality 3) decent/fair work, the future of work and green jobs. I have a sustained track record of leading, managing and delivering high-quality research, and securing research income from a range of funders (e.g. the British Academy/Leverhulme, United Nations, Equality Challenge Unit, Skills Development Scotland).

Examples of current/recent research include:

  • The future Ports' workforce
  • Skills needs in construction, textiles and renewables
  • Graduating in a pandemic
  • 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 occupation
  • Occupational segregation in higher education institutions
  • Skill ecosystems in context

Expertise & Capabilities

Skills, skills utilisation, systems of skill formation, skill ecosystems

The future of work, digitisation

Green jobs and skills

Social mobility and equality

Decent/fair work

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, director of HRM honours and class coordinator and/or lecturer on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

Work Psychology for Human Rource Management

Work, Employment and Society

Research Methods

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
  • digitisation


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