Professor Melanie Simms

  • Professor of Work and Employment (Management)

Biography

Melanie Simms is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. Her research focuses on two main areas:

  1. worker voice
  2. the transitions of young people into the labour market

Probably unsurprisingly, she is also interested in young people’s voice at work, especially in trade unions. She has worked around the UK at the University of Leicester, University of Warwick, University of Kent, Cardiff University and the University of Oxford. 


Research interests

Melanie is a member of the School's Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster

Areas of expertise:

  • Young workers
  • Employer engagement with apprenticeships
  • Worker voice, especially trade union voice

Grants

  1. 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)
  2. Bargaining for Social Rights in the Public Sector (BARSOP), European Commission, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Slovakia, Italy, Denmark (€345,009, April 2016 to April 2018)
  3. Negotiating Wage (In)Equality (NEWIN), European Commission, Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia (€264,112, January 2015 to Dec 2016)
  4. Young workers and Trade Unions, Hans Böckler Stiftung, Cornell University (USA), Germany, Netherlands, France (€200,000, August 2014 to August 2018)
  5. Representation of the losers of the crisis, British Academy Small Grant, Warwick, Munich, Milan (£9,447, Sept 2015 to August 2016)
  6. Precarious Pathways to Employment for Young People? Economic and Social Research Council, Warwick, Open, Aston (£781,097, May 2014 to May 2017)
  7. 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)
  8. Employer experiences of hiring young workers, British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, (£121,400, September 2013 – August 2014)
  9. Youth unemployment, UnionLearn. Co-Investigators: Dr Ben Hopkins (Aberystwyth) and Dr Sophie Gamwell (Warwick) (£33,330, October 2012 – March 2013)
  10. Bargaining for Social Rights (BARSORI), European Commission. Co-investigator: Professor Maarten Keune (PI), University of Amsterdam (€158,443, March – November 2011)
  11. 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)
  12. 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)
  13. 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)
  14. Mobilising non-standard workers, Research Development Fund (Internal). Co-investigator: Dr Deborah Dean, Warwick Business School (£2,000, January 2006 to January 2007)

Supervision

Current supervision

Lachlan Smith, University of Leicester
Young people’s experiences understanding of education and work

Paul Quigley
Employers experiences of apprenticeship policy in Scotland. Funded by Skills Development Scotland and ESRC

Michelle Trottier
Understanding the employability impact of networked learning

James Gulcecher
Young people’s experiences of the labour market

Christopher McAdam
Organisation responses to managing staff with care responsibility for older relatives


Teaching

  • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management 
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Work and Employment
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 2000
Number of items: 26.

2019

Simms, M. , Holgate, J. and Roper, C. (2019) The Trades Union Congress 150 years on: a review of the organising challenges and responses to the changing nature of work. Employee Relations, 41(2), pp. 331-343. (doi:10.1108/ER-09-2018-0242)

2018

Grady, J. and Simms, M. (2018) Trade unions and the challenge of fostering solidarities in an era of financialisation. Economic and Industrial Democracy, (doi:10.1177/0143831x18759792) (Early Online Publication)

Holgate, J., Simms, M. and Tapia, M. (2018) The limitations of the theory and practice of mobilization in trade union organizing. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39(4), pp. 599-616. (doi:10.1177/0143831X18777608)

Simms, M. , Eversberg, D., Dupuy, C. and Hipp, L. (2018) Organizing young workers under precarious conditions: what hinders or facilitates union success? Work and Occupations, 45(4), pp. 420-450. (doi:10.1177/0730888418785947)

2017

Simms, M. (2017) Understanding employer engagement in youth labour market policy in the UK. Human Resource Management Journal, 27(4), pp. 548-564. (doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12155)

Simms, M. (2017) Unions and job quality in the UK. Work and Occupations, 44(1), pp. 47-67. (doi:10.1177/0730888415618729)

2016

Beck, V., Brook, P., Carter, B., Clark, I., Danford, A., Hammer, N., Kanji, S. and Simms, M. (2016) Work, employment and society sans frontières: extending and deepening our reach. Work, Employment and Society, 30(2), pp. 211-219. (doi:10.1177/0950017015613747)

2015

Simms, M. (2015) Accounting for greenfield union organizing outcomes. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(3), pp. 397-422. (doi:10.1111/bjir.12072)

Simms, M. and Dean, D. (2015) Mobilising contingent workers: An analysis of two successful cases. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 36(1), pp. 173-190. (doi:10.1177/0143831X13501000)

2014

Simms, M. , Holgate, J. and Heery, E. (2014) Evaluating union organising in the UK. Warsaw Forum of Economic Sociology, 7, pp. 53-76.

2013

Simms, M. (2013) Workplace trade union activists in UK service sector organising campaigns. Industrial Relations Journal, 44(4), pp. 373-388. (doi:10.1111/irj.12028)

Simms, M. , Holgate, J. and Heery, E. (2013) Union Voices: Tactics and Tensions in UK Organizing. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, N.Y..

2012

Simms, M. (2012) Imagined solidarities: Where is class in union organising? Capital and Class, 36(1), pp. 97-115. (doi:10.1177/0309816811430840)

2011

Heery, E. and Simms, M. (2011) Seizing an opportunity? Union organizing campaigns in Britain, 1998–2004. Labor History, 52(1), pp. 23-47. (doi:10.1080/0023656X.2011.545201)

Simms, M. (2011) Les militants de terrain dans les campagnes d'implantation syndicale dans le secteur des services en Grande-Bretagne. La Revue de l'Ires, 68(1), pp. 75-108. (doi:10.3917/rdli.068.0075)

2010

Heery, E. and Simms, M. (2010) Employer responses to union organising: patterns and effects. Human Resource Management Journal, 20(1), pp. 3-22. (doi:10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00102.x)

Simms, M. and Holgate, J. (2010) Organising for what? Where is the debate on the politics of organising? Work, Employment and Society, 24(1), pp. 157-168. (doi:10.1177/0950017010361413)

Simms, M. and Holgate, J. (2010) TUC Organizing Academy 10 years on: what has been the impact on British unions? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21(3), pp. 355-370. (doi:10.1080/09585190903546896)

2008

Heery, E. and Simms, M. (2008) Constraints on union organising in the United Kingdom. Industrial Relations Journal, 39(1), pp. 24-42. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00472.x)

2007

Simms, M. (2007) Interest formation in greenfield union organising campaigns. Industrial Relations Journal, 38(5), pp. 439-454. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00457.x)

Simms, M. (2007) Managed activism: two union organising campaigns in the not-for-profit sector. Industrial Relations Journal, 38(2), pp. 119-135. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00439.x)

2004

Wills, J. and Simms, M. (2004) Building reciprocal community unionism in the UK. Capital and Class, 28(1), pp. 59-84. (doi:10.1177/030981680408200105)

2001

Simms, M. , Heery, E. and Farias, C. (2001) Contingent work in the public sector: a survey of fixed-term contract workers in higher education. Management Research News, 24(10/11), pp. 54-55. (doi:10.1108/01409170110782973)

2000

Heery, E., Simms, M. , Delbridge, R., Salmon, J. and Simpson, D. (2000) The TUC's Organising Academy: an assessment. Industrial Relations Journal, 31(5), pp. 400-415. (doi:10.1111/1468-2338.00173)

Heery, E., Simms, M. , Delbridge, R., Salmon, J. and Simpson, D. (2000) Union organizing in Britain: a survey of policy and practice. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 11(5), pp. 986-1007. (doi:10.1080/095851900422384)

Heery, E., Simms, M. , Simpson, D., Delbridge, R. and Salmon, J. (2000) Organizing unionism comes to the UK. Employee Relations, 22(1), pp. 38-57. (doi:10.1108/EUM0000000005307)

This list was generated on Tue May 21 23:03:18 2019 BST.
Jump to: Articles | Books
Number of items: 26.

Articles

Simms, M. , Holgate, J. and Roper, C. (2019) The Trades Union Congress 150 years on: a review of the organising challenges and responses to the changing nature of work. Employee Relations, 41(2), pp. 331-343. (doi:10.1108/ER-09-2018-0242)

Grady, J. and Simms, M. (2018) Trade unions and the challenge of fostering solidarities in an era of financialisation. Economic and Industrial Democracy, (doi:10.1177/0143831x18759792) (Early Online Publication)

Holgate, J., Simms, M. and Tapia, M. (2018) The limitations of the theory and practice of mobilization in trade union organizing. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39(4), pp. 599-616. (doi:10.1177/0143831X18777608)

Simms, M. , Eversberg, D., Dupuy, C. and Hipp, L. (2018) Organizing young workers under precarious conditions: what hinders or facilitates union success? Work and Occupations, 45(4), pp. 420-450. (doi:10.1177/0730888418785947)

Simms, M. (2017) Understanding employer engagement in youth labour market policy in the UK. Human Resource Management Journal, 27(4), pp. 548-564. (doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12155)

Simms, M. (2017) Unions and job quality in the UK. Work and Occupations, 44(1), pp. 47-67. (doi:10.1177/0730888415618729)

Beck, V., Brook, P., Carter, B., Clark, I., Danford, A., Hammer, N., Kanji, S. and Simms, M. (2016) Work, employment and society sans frontières: extending and deepening our reach. Work, Employment and Society, 30(2), pp. 211-219. (doi:10.1177/0950017015613747)

Simms, M. (2015) Accounting for greenfield union organizing outcomes. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(3), pp. 397-422. (doi:10.1111/bjir.12072)

Simms, M. and Dean, D. (2015) Mobilising contingent workers: An analysis of two successful cases. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 36(1), pp. 173-190. (doi:10.1177/0143831X13501000)

Simms, M. , Holgate, J. and Heery, E. (2014) Evaluating union organising in the UK. Warsaw Forum of Economic Sociology, 7, pp. 53-76.

Simms, M. (2013) Workplace trade union activists in UK service sector organising campaigns. Industrial Relations Journal, 44(4), pp. 373-388. (doi:10.1111/irj.12028)

Simms, M. (2012) Imagined solidarities: Where is class in union organising? Capital and Class, 36(1), pp. 97-115. (doi:10.1177/0309816811430840)

Heery, E. and Simms, M. (2011) Seizing an opportunity? Union organizing campaigns in Britain, 1998–2004. Labor History, 52(1), pp. 23-47. (doi:10.1080/0023656X.2011.545201)

Simms, M. (2011) Les militants de terrain dans les campagnes d'implantation syndicale dans le secteur des services en Grande-Bretagne. La Revue de l'Ires, 68(1), pp. 75-108. (doi:10.3917/rdli.068.0075)

Heery, E. and Simms, M. (2010) Employer responses to union organising: patterns and effects. Human Resource Management Journal, 20(1), pp. 3-22. (doi:10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00102.x)

Simms, M. and Holgate, J. (2010) Organising for what? Where is the debate on the politics of organising? Work, Employment and Society, 24(1), pp. 157-168. (doi:10.1177/0950017010361413)

Simms, M. and Holgate, J. (2010) TUC Organizing Academy 10 years on: what has been the impact on British unions? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21(3), pp. 355-370. (doi:10.1080/09585190903546896)

Heery, E. and Simms, M. (2008) Constraints on union organising in the United Kingdom. Industrial Relations Journal, 39(1), pp. 24-42. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00472.x)

Simms, M. (2007) Interest formation in greenfield union organising campaigns. Industrial Relations Journal, 38(5), pp. 439-454. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00457.x)

Simms, M. (2007) Managed activism: two union organising campaigns in the not-for-profit sector. Industrial Relations Journal, 38(2), pp. 119-135. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00439.x)

Wills, J. and Simms, M. (2004) Building reciprocal community unionism in the UK. Capital and Class, 28(1), pp. 59-84. (doi:10.1177/030981680408200105)

Simms, M. , Heery, E. and Farias, C. (2001) Contingent work in the public sector: a survey of fixed-term contract workers in higher education. Management Research News, 24(10/11), pp. 54-55. (doi:10.1108/01409170110782973)

Heery, E., Simms, M. , Delbridge, R., Salmon, J. and Simpson, D. (2000) The TUC's Organising Academy: an assessment. Industrial Relations Journal, 31(5), pp. 400-415. (doi:10.1111/1468-2338.00173)

Heery, E., Simms, M. , Delbridge, R., Salmon, J. and Simpson, D. (2000) Union organizing in Britain: a survey of policy and practice. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 11(5), pp. 986-1007. (doi:10.1080/095851900422384)

Heery, E., Simms, M. , Simpson, D., Delbridge, R. and Salmon, J. (2000) Organizing unionism comes to the UK. Employee Relations, 22(1), pp. 38-57. (doi:10.1108/EUM0000000005307)

Books

Simms, M. , Holgate, J. and Heery, E. (2013) Union Voices: Tactics and Tensions in UK Organizing. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, N.Y..

This list was generated on Tue May 21 23:03:18 2019 BST.