Network coordinators and founding members


My research interests include a long-standing interest in the application of Sen and Nussbaum’s capabilities theory to the understanding of equality and diversity in work organizations, social regeneration, and business and society. My current research projects include postcolonial management structures and informal mentoring practices. Prior to my academic career, I worked in management and organizational development, in industry and local government. I continue to undertake employee, management and executive development and advisory work in the commercial, public and third sectors. This includes a European Union-sponsored project on senior management and team mentoring for culture change and innovation, and diversity and change projects for the UK prison service and UK police constabularies. My work has attracted funding of over £550,000 from a variety of sources, including the British Academy, European Regional Development Fund, Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), Kent Police, Home Office, Prison Service, British Telecom and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). Currently I am a trustee for the Butler Trust, director of Action on for Business Limited, Bradford. I am Visiting Professor at the University of Paris (Nanterre), and Research Committee member for Paris Research in Norms, Management and Law and was previously visiting professor at McGill University. I co-led an ESRC seminar series on BME communities, voice and agency.

Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio BA, MA, PhD Higher Education

Miguel Martinez Lucio

BA (Hons), MA, University of Essex (SSRC Scholarship); PhD, University of Warwick (ESRC Scholarship)

Research and knowledge transfer expertise

I have worked at Cardiff, Keele, Leeds and Bradford Universities. I have been an advisor and evaluator for various bodies such as trade unions (e.g. UNISON, UNITE, the CWU, UCATT, the TUC nationally and regionally, and the ETUC) and public bodies (e.g. BIS, ACAS). The main focus of my research during the past twenty years has concerned the changing patterns of rights and regulation within employment relations and human resource management. Much of this work has a comparative and international perspective. The first strand of my research concerns the changing identity and structures of industrial relations and human resource management: the impact of new forms of management and workplace organisation on workers and trade unions in terms of individualisation and fragmentation, the emergence of new frameworks of firm level regulation such as social partnership and market facing representation, the impact of organisational practices such as quality management and team working on worker politics. Secondly, a large part of this work also focuses on the broader social and political context of change in terms of new forms of labour organisation. This dimension has been developed in terms of the changing nature of collectivism at work, trade union renewal and modernisation, new forms of labour networking, and more recently the changing composition of collective voice mechanisms in work and employment in terms of racial and ethnic minorities. More recently, I have extended this interest to the diverse and complex nature of voice in social and labour market terms; noting how such developments raise new regulatory challenges for the state and social actors such as unions and employers organisations. Significant aspects of this research have been financed by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Anglo-German Foundation, the British Council and various trade union and public policy bodies. There are a range of public reports and public interventions in terms of his work that complement the academic articles and texts he has produced.

Dr Robert Perrett PGCHEP, CIPD, BA, MA, PhD

Dr Robert PerrettI am competent in both qualitative and quantitative research techniques and often adopt a multi-method approach. I have published on a wide variety of topics particularly around diversity; recent research projects include gender proportionality and the use of mentoring as a possible means to promote women to senior decision making positions; employment rights and voice mechanisms within migrant and Black and Minority Ethnic communities; BME community networks; communication through networks and community space; lifelong learning; union renewal and community unionism. My publications list through refereed academic journals; book chapters; research papers; working papers; toolkits; practitioner and policy documents and I have consistently published in 4* and 3* journals. I have worked on numerous research projects linked to government agencies including the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). I am a Founding member for the Voice and Equality Research and Action Network (VERN), and a Visiting Fellow for the Paris Research in Norms Management and Law (PRIMAL) and the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) and an Associate for The Higher Education Academy (HEA), the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI), and British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Prof. PEZET Éric

Eric PezetUniversité Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, UFR SEGMI- Département Sciences de Gestion

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I am Professor in the field of Human Resource Management and Organizational Theory. In France, professorial posts are achieved through national competition and examination, and once successful, one is able to apply to different institutions for post simultaneously within the University and Grande Ecoles systems. Currently, I am a Researcher at M-Lab Dauphine Recherches en Management, Dauphine University, Paris; Professor (Research) in HRM and Director of the Centre for Studies and Research on Organisations and Strategy (CEROS) at the University of Paris Nanterre La Defence (within the University system) and Associate Researcher Center for Management Research, at the Ecole des Mines de Paris (within the Grande Ecoles system). I am also co-founder of international research centre, Paris Research in Norms, Management and Law (PRIMAL).

I have lectured at the University of Paris-Est (Attaché d’enseignement, which is roughly equivalent to the post of Associate Professor, from 2000-2002) and then at the University of Evry-Val d’Essonne (Also as an ‘Associate Professor) from 2002-2007). I am Visiting Researcher in HRM, Brunel Business School, Brunel University (since 2007) and I am currently Visiting Professor at the University of Saint Andrews (where I am a member of the Organizational Studies group)

Innovation in HRM is an important area of research for me. I studied innovation from the point of view of collective bargaining. My PhD was about national collective bargaining relating to formal national job classifications in France.

The second aspect of my work is Organization Theory, especially corporate social responsibility and law and management. I am developing a project about inter-normativity, law and management with the University of Lille. This research is developed from a critical management (specifically a Foucauldian) perspective, with expertise in the embodiment of the organisation, management history and the genealogy of practices. I have a particular interest in govenmentality, especially how people are governed in organisations, how knowledge helps in the government of others and self, and what it means to be autonomous.

The third research interest is the management of managers. I developed a research project about the coaching and mentoring of managers in cooperation with Professor Nelarine Cornelius. The programme of research is focused on the enduring outcome of mentorship especially in terms of autonomy. This programme is conducted from an interdisciplinary perspective. Researchers in accounting, marketing, history of social science have been associated with the first steps of the project (the results of which appear in a book been published in France in 2007). The fields of research include managers and union members. Nelarine and I are currently working with Dr. Robert Perrett, Dr. James Wallace and Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio (University of Manchester) on the mentoring experience of union members. Ethnicity and gender are important dimensions of this research.

Asif Afridi

Asif Afridi is Deputy CEO at brap, a national equality and human rights advisory organisation based in Birmingham. brap avoids approaches that rely on promoting the needs of one group over another, as this approach tends to restrict, rather than enable the progress of equality.  brap’s approach, above all else, recognises the freedoms that all people should be able to enjoy. Asif is a published researcher with practical national and international equality and human rights experience.

Joy Warmington

Joy Warmington is CEO of brap*, successfully guiding the organisation to its cutting edge position where it is nationally recognised for producing innovative equalities and human rights research and strategies.  A former lecturer and graduate in Sociology and Management Development with an MSc in Organisational Development and Management Learning.  Joy has written and co-authored over 20 books, articles, and reports on subjects as diverse as implementing organisational change, improving public sector engagement practice, and using human rights to improve service delivery.  She is in demand as a leadership coach and has been asked to deliver conference and seminar speeches internationally (e.g. Athens, Toronto, South Africa) and in the UK  by organisations including the Fabian Society, the British Humanist Association, the University of Bradford, and the Equality and Diversity Forum.  Joy is regularly asked to comment on equalities issues in the media, most recently appearing in the Economist, Daily Telegraph, and Health Service Journal in addition to numerous appearances on BBC radio and television.

*brap is a think fair tank, inspiring and leading change to make public, private and voluntary sector organisations fit for the needs of a more diverse society.

Paul Stewart

My main areas of research and publication include the political economy of  the international automobile industry and its lean labour processes; community unionism and the rise of the minority labour movement in Japan; and the origins and persistence of collectivism at work and in the community.

Rob Mackenzie

My research interests are concerned with the regulation of the employment relationship and industrial restructuring. The role of contracts in the regulation of employment, and their relationship to the wider labour market, have also been key themes within my work. These concerns are reflected in my research into Employment and Deregulation in the Telecommunications Industries of the UK and Ireland, which has focused on growth of subcontracting as an organisational form and as a means of regulating the supply of labour. The use of contingent alternatives to direct employment is also central to my work on Casualisation and Employment in the Construction Industry. This work focuses the implications of contingent employment forms for skills and labour reproduction in the construction sectors of the UK and Sweden. The impact of industrial restructuring is again key to my research on the Social and Economic Impact of Redundancy in the Welsh Steel Industry. The themes of labour market change and contingent employment practices are also apparent in my work on the Social and Economic Experience of Migrant Workers, Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Finally, I am working on a unifying conceptual project, informed by my other research activities, to develop an overarching narrative on restructuring and regulation.

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