Professor Melanie Simms
- Professor of Work and Employment (Management)
Melanie Simms is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. Her research focuses on two main areas:
- Worker voice
- The transitions of young people into the labour market.
She is also interested in young people’s voices at work, especially in trade unions and has a particular interest in how employers engage with labour market policies. She has worked around the UK at the University of Leicester, University of Warwick, University of Kent, Cardiff University and the University of Oxford.
She is currently Head of the Management Subject Group.
Melanie is a member of the School's Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Young workers
- Employer engagement with labour market policies
- Worker voice, especially trade union voice
- The effect of English-only instruction on skill formation and labour market readiness of young Malawians, SFC-GCRF. Co-Investigators: Dr Kristinn Herrmannsson and Dr Colin Reiley (£58,234, Oct 2018 to June 2019)
- Bargaining for Social Rights in the Public Sector (BARSOP), European Commission, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Slovakia, Italy, Denmark (€345,009, April 2016 to April 2018)
- Negotiating Wage (In)Equality (NEWIN), European Commission, Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia (€264,112, January 2015 to Dec 2016)
- Young workers and Trade Unions, Hans Böckler Stiftung, Cornell University (USA), Germany, Netherlands, France (€200,000, August 2014 to August 2018)
- Representation of the losers of the crisis, British Academy Small Grant, Warwick, Munich, Milan (£9,447, Sept 2015 to August 2016)
- Precarious Pathways to Employment for Young People? Economic and Social Research Council, Warwick, Open, Aston (£781,097, May 2014 to May 2017)
- Bargaining for social rights at sectoral level (BARSORIS), European Commission. Co-investigator: Professor Maarten Keune (PI), University of Amsterdam (€180,570, January 2014 to November 2014)
- Employer experiences of hiring young workers, British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, (£121,400, September 2013 – August 2014)
- Youth unemployment, UnionLearn. Co-Investigators: Dr Ben Hopkins (Aberystwyth) and Dr Sophie Gamwell (Warwick) (£33,330, October 2012 – March 2013)
- Bargaining for Social Rights (BARSORI), European Commission. Co-investigator: Professor Maarten Keune (PI), University of Amsterdam (€158,443, March – November 2011)
- Young workers and precarious employment, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Warwick. Co-investigator: Dr Rosario Undurraga, University of Warwick (£3,100, June – July 2011)
- ESRC seminar series – Young workers and precarious employment, Economic and Social Research Council. Co-investigator: Dr Lefteris Kretsos (PI) and Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio (£17,000, September 2010 to September 2012)
- An evaluation of recent developments in trade union organiser training, Nuffield Foundation. Co-investigator: Dr Jane Holgate, London Metropolitan University (£11,756, September 2006 to December 2007)
- Mobilising non-standard workers, Research Development Fund (Internal). Co-investigator: Dr Deborah Dean, Warwick Business School (£2,000, January 2006 to January 2007)
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.
Employers experiences of apprenticeship policy in Scotland. Funded by Skills Development Scotland and ESRC
Co-supervisor: Dr Chris Warhurst (The University of Warwick)
Understanding the employability impact of networked learning
Co-supervisor: Dr Sabina Siebert
Organisation responses to managing staff with care responsibility for older relatives
Co-supervisor: Dr Scott Hurrell
Worker representation in Industry 4.0
Co-supervisor: Professor Bridgette Wessels
MBA – Strategic Human Resource Management