Professor Jane Holgate

Email: j.holgate@leeds.ac.uk

Location: Leeds University Business School – Room 2.05 Lyddon Terrace

Jane Holgate is a Professor of Work and Employment Relations.

Joined CERIC and the Work and Employment Relations Division in October 2010, moving from the Working Lives Research Institute at London Metropolitan University where managed a number of research projects on work and employment, particularly looking at migrant workers. My research interests include trade unions and the development of organising and recruitment strategies, particularly as they relate to under-represented groups in the union movement; gender and industrial relations; the labour market position of migrants and black and minority ethnic groups; new geographies of labour and the politics of intersectionality (‘race’, class, gender, etc).

After seven years of working in the university sector in publications and multi-media I completed a part-time MA in Labour and Trade Union Studies at the University of North London (now merged into London Metropolitan University) and then went on to complete my doctoral research which was funded by the ESRC and the Trades Union Congress on ‘Organising black and minority ethnic workers; trade union strategies for recruitment and inclusion’ at Queen Mary, University of London. Following this I was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London.

I have also held a number of positions in the trade union movement – as a branch secretary, regional council delegate and secretary of Hackney Trades Union Council. I have worked closely on research projects with a number of unions including the GMB, TGWU, CWU, Bectu, Usdaw and the Trades Union Congress. I was awarded an ESRC grant for a research project starting in 2011 entitled Broad-based community alliances: a comparative study of London and Sydney’.


PhD Supervision:

My research interests include trade unions and the development of organising and recruitment strategies, particularly as they relate to under-represented groups in the union movement. I also have an interest in, equalities gender and industrial relations; the labour market position of migrants and black and minority ethnic groups; new geographies of labour and the politics of intersectionality (‘race’, class, gender, etc).  Recently I have been conducting an international comparative study of union involvement in broad based community organising. The aim it to develop a greater understanding of how and why unions choose to get involved in community coalitions (and why not) and what they perceived the benefits or threats from this type of organising.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas. If you have a research idea in any of these areas and would like to discuss please get in contact: j.holgate@leeds.ac.uk

I am currently supervising the following students:

•    Reece Garcia who is studying ‘Red-doing gender? The effect of a forced change in the employment status of partners with dual-earner couples and who had a successful transfer in September 2012.
•    Anne Jones, is a part time student and university lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and her thesis is on ‘The Political Economy of Workplace Health and Safety’. Anne is in her second year.
•    Chris Mclachlan, is an ESRC 3+1 student and aims to analyse the extent to which EU companies support employees affected by redundancy and aid their preparation for life post-redundancy.
•    Frederike Scholz is a first year ESRC CASE student working with the Clear Company to research disability discrimination and the recruitment process: responding to legal and technological developments.

I have also seen one student, Jane Copley through to completion. Jane was an ESRC-funded  CASE  Studentship: ‘Employee status and its impact on the collectivisation of white-collar managerial grade and professional workers’  And the collaborative partner was the Transport and Salaried Staff Association (with Prospect and Nautilus UK)

Curriculum Vitae