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Centre for Research on Work and Organisations

Our research

Our members are active in theoretical and empirical research with policy and practice impact.

We frequently respond to parliamentary inquiries, media, and provide specialist review and advice to policy communities on current issues in work and organisation. Our current research portfolio includes: 

  • COVID-19 focused projects: NHS ambulance performance in the NW (Peter Rodgers); dual-earner parents during lockdown (Mina Beigi); impact of COVID-19 on French managers & executives (Yehuda Baruch)
  • the Department was awarded a UKRI/ESRC grant in their funding call for ideas that respond to COVID-19, for the project Work after Lockdown (PI Jane Parry; Co-I Yehuda Baruch; Co-I Mina Beigi; Co-I Michail Veliziotis; partnering with the Institute for Employment Studies and Half the Sky: £214,820)
  • a KTP funded by UKRI/Innovate UK looking at gamification, agent motivation & job design (Tahir Nisar) with Execview, a London-based software provider firm that works with the public sector
  • research funded by the CIPD investigating the relationship between HR practice and the self-employed (David Cross)
  • a project funded by the Arts Council England that explores new leadership and entrepreneurial career pathways in the arts (£585,284); this is a collaboration between The Point Theatre, Southampton Business School and cultural organisations in the south of England (Co-I @ HRM & OB, Professor Yehuda Baruch)
  • Denise Baden, Professor of Sustainable Business has developed her ESRC work on sustainability in the hairdressing curriculum by working with Green Salon Collective and brands such as Henkel, Wella, Davines and L’Oréal to embed more sustainable practices across the hair and beauty sector (
  • Ai Yu has received £12,289.60 from the Web Science Institute at UoS to conduct a pilot project on relational accountability in using AI for immigration and refugee decision-making
  • Naveena Prakasam, together with colleagues in the University of Sheffield, Northumbria University, and University of West of England, won £20, 190 to research ecosystem enablers: supporting individuals and communities of researchers
  • Jane Parry, Michalis Veliziotis and Barbara Bradbury received £19,622 to conduct organisational research on flexible work for Acas. 
  • international collaborations are taking place with Audencia Business School, France
  • Mina Beigi is leading a collaboration with Wee Chan Au (Newcastle) and Faiza Ali (Lahore University of Management Sciences) on promoting gender equality in Pakistan higher education (£24,389, British Council Going Global Partnerships)
  • Dr Tahir Nisar ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant Project on AI, big data analytics and machine learning in the service sector. The project uses Claritum data to create supply chain management related categories so as to improve efficiencies in the company’s relationships with its clients and customers
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