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Professor Chris Warhurst

Research interests

Main research interests: labour market and labour process developments, trends and issues. Interested in supervising doctorate and masters research degrees in job quality, skills and aesthetic labour.

Academic profile

As Director of IER, Chris Warhurst is motivated by wanting to see better scientific and policy-maker understanding of work and employment. He is an Associate Research Fellow of SKOPE at the Universities of Oxford and Cardiff, and co-editor of Palgrave's Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment book series associated with the Annual International Labour Process Conference. He is also a Trustee of the Tavistock Institute in London. He was previously Professor of Work and Organisational Studies at the Sydney University Business School, Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research in Glasgow and co-editor of the British Sociological Association journal Work, Employment and Society. He uses mixed methods in his research, which ranges over small-scale qualitative case studies to national surveys. He has secured over 50 research and awards from national research councils, government, employers, trade unions and charities. He has published more than a dozen books including The Skills That Matter (Palgrave), Are bad jobs inevitable? (Palgrave) and Job Quality in Australia: P)erspectives, Problems and Proposals (Federation Press). The Handbook of Skills and Training (Oxford University Press) is forthcoming. He has published around 50 academic journal articles, over 50 book chapters and more than 25 reports for government and practitioners. He has been an expert advisor to the UK (on pay, skills), Scottish (on skills, labour market issues, economic development) and Australian Governments (on skills utilisation) and was an International Expert Adviser to the OECD's LEED programme. He is currently ad adviser to Oxfam's UK decent work programme.

Current projects

  • Longitudinal Study of FE students. With Sally Wright. Funded by Edge Foundation and City & Guilds. Project Start date: 01/11/15 - Project End date: 31/10/18 [details]
  • QuInnE, H2020 EURO SOCIETY 2014, Topic: EURO 2 2014. With Sally Wright, Anne Green. Funded by: European Commission. Project Start Date 01/07/2015 - Project End Date 30/06/2018
  • Provision for ERM Restructuring factsheets. Funded by European Foundation. Project Start Date: 23/04/2014 - 28/02/2018

All projects

Selected publications

  • Knox, A. and Warhurst, C. (eds) (2015) Job quality in Australia: Perspectives, Problems and Proposals, Annandale, NSW: Federation Press.
  • James, S., Warhurst, C., Tholen, G. and Commander, J. (2013) What We Know and What We Need to Know About Graduate Skills’, Work, Employment and Society, 27:6, 952-963.
  • Warhurst, C., Carré, F., Findlay, P. and Tilly, C. (eds) (2012) Are bad jobs inevitable? Trends, determinants and responses to job quality in the twenty-first century, London: Palgrave.
  • Barr, J., Clarence, E., Froy, F. and Destefanis, S. and Warhurst, C. (2012) Local Job Creation: How Employment and Training Agencies Can Help - The Labour Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, LEED Working Papers 2012/17, Paris: OECD.Warhurst,
  • Warhurst, C., Buchanan, J, Finegold, D. and Mayhew, K. (eds) Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

All publications

All conference presentations

Doctoral supervision

  • Sally Wright, Conceptualising and operationalising job quality in Australia (Due to complete 2017).
  • Lorraine Johnson, Does the nationally funded career support system meet the needs of late career professional women? (Due to complete 2017).
  • Dorothee Gnaedinger, Socio-economic factors influencing private pension provision in the Next Eleven Ecoomies (or N-11) (Due to complete, 2018).
  • Jiang (Sylvia) Yang, Employee training and its effectiveness in Chinese service enterprises (Due to complete 2019).


  • DTC Qualitative Methods - Qualitative interview data analysis (lecturer, University of Warwick, 2014 - to date).




Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76528170
Fax: +44(0)24 76 524241

C dot Warhurst at warwick dot ac dot uk