My early career started in the interdisciplinary Department of Social and Economic Research at the University of Glasgow researching industrial relations. From 2005-2010, I held the Chair of Labour Studies in the Department of Law at Glasgow, focusing on employment regulation. My academic profile is comparative and interdisciplinary sociology and law of employment relations.
While at Glasgow University, I was seconded to the Baltic states, and the University of Latvia for three years full-time, as a European Commission Marie Curie ‘Excellence Chair’ to research and teach on issues of labour relations and working environment in newer EU Member States. This award, was allocated to ‘a world-class researcher with outstanding past achievements in international collaborative research’, in order to conduct ‘leading-edge’ interdisciplinary work.
In 2010, I took up my current appointment as ‘excellence professor’ at the University of Linköping’s Institute for Research in Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) in Sweden, specialising in East-West labour migration from the Baltic states.
I am currently conducting research on global labour standards, European Union policy, post-communist societies, new market economies, the Baltic states, the political economy of austerity, ‘post-crisis’ labour market reforms, labour migration, working environment, and on safety in the offshore oil industry. Besides funded projects on labour migration, I have two ongoing EU-wide research projects with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, examining working environment in micro and small enterprises, and employee participation in large, medium and small firms. Recently, I am also developing collaborative research with South Korean colleagues on issues of comparative labour market reform together with my long-term associate, Professor Arunas Juska of East Carolina University.
In teaching, my courses have achieved consistently highest ratings from students in REMESO, and in business and management at MBA and international level. Of recent special note is the Masters level module in Contemporary International Management Paradoxes which explores the ethical and business dilemmas raised by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The course utilises seminars, documentary material, and extensive student-led role play, taking the form of a ‘People’s Court’ trial. It is highly regarded by students as a significant learning experience. Prospective PhD and Masters students are welcome to contact me.
Networks, Collaborations and Editorships
Worker Participation in the Management of Occupational Safety and Health – Qualitative Evidence from the Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER 2);
Lead institution Cardiff Centre for Working Environment Research;
Estonia National Survey study in collaboration with Tallinn University of Technology;
Occupational safety and health (OSH) in micro and small enterprises: (SESAME);
Lead institution KU Leuven;
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Bilbao.
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, guest editor, member
Work, Employment and Society, international advisory board
Economic and Labour Relations Review, international advisory board
Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, member
International Union Rights, member
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, member
New Solutions: Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, guest editor and international advisory board