Professor Melanie Simms
- Professor of Work and Employment (Management)
- Dean of Research and Deputy Head of College (Social Sciences College Senior Management)
Melanie Simms is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. She is also Dean of Research in the College of Social Science.
Her research focuses on the collective representation of both workers and employers in industrial relations structures. She is also interested in how employers make decisions responding to labour market policies including, but not only, around skills and training.
She has worked around the UK at the University of Leicester, University of Warwick, University of Kent, Cardiff University and the University of Oxford.
Melanie is a member of the School's Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Worker voice - especially trade union representation
- Collective representation of employers
- Responses of employers to labour market policies
- Young workers
- Skills and training
Worker voice and the future of work: a comparative study of UK and Australian union leaders . Funded by Sydney-Glasgow Partnership. £11,875. Jan 2020 – Dec 2020 with Professor Rae Cooper, Dr Sarah Mosseri. SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19
Opportunities to build effective employer representation in policy making . Funded by Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) and Impact Acceleration Account £14,744. October 2019 to Sept 2021
The effect of English-only instruction on skill formation and labour market readiness of young Malawians. Funded by SFC-GCRF. £58,234. Oct 2018 to June 2019. With Dr Kristinn Herrmansson (PI) and Dr Colin Reilly.
Bargaining for Social Rights in the Public Sector (BARSOP). Funded by European Commission
VP/2015/004. €345,009. April 2016 to April 2018. Led by Professor Maarten Keune (University of Amsterdam).
Negotiating Wage (In)Equality (NEWIN). Funded by European Commission. VP/2014/004. €264,112. January 2015 to Dec 2016. Led by Professor Maarten Keune (University of Amsterdam).
Young workers and Trade Unions. Funded by Hans Böckler Stiftung. €200,000. August 2014 to August 2018. Led by Professor Lowell Turner (Cornell University).
Representation of the losers of the crisis. Funded by British Academy Small Grant . £9,447. Sept 2015 to August 2016. Led by Professor Guglielmo Meardi.
Precarious Pathways to Employment for Young People? Funded by Economic and Social Research Council. ES/L007657/1. £781,097. May 2014 to May 2017. Led by Professor Kate Purcell.
Bargaining for social rights at sectoral level (BARSORIS). Funded by European Commission
VP/2013/001. €180,570. January 2014 to November 2014. Led by Professor Maarten Keune (University of Amsterdam).
Employer experiences of hiring young workers. Funded by British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. MD130010. £121,400. September 2013 to August 2014.
Youth unemployment. Funded by UnionLearn. £33,330. October 2012 – March 2013.
Bargaining for Social Rights (BARSORI). Funded by European Commission. VS/2010/0811. €158,443 March – November 2011. Led by Professor Maarten Keune (University of Amsterdam).
Young workers and precarious employment. Funded by Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Warwick £3,100. June – July 2011.
Young workers and precarious employment. Funded by Economic and Social Research Council Seminar Series. ES/I001735/1. £17,000. September 2010 to September 2012. Led by Dr Lefteris Kretsos.
An evaluation of recent developments in trade union organiser training. Funded by Nuffield Foundation. £11,756. September 2006 to December 2007. Led by Dr Jane Holgate.
Melanie is keen to supervise students with an interest in worker voice, trade unionism and union organising. She also has interests in how young workers are managed in the workplace and how labour market policies affect management decision making.
- Labour relations
- Industrial relations
- Human Resource Management