Dr Eleanor Kirk
- Lecturer in Employment Law (Law)
Prior to joining the Work on Demand project at Glasgow University, Eleanor was the Ailsa McKay Post-Doctoral Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her recent work has focused on employment tribunals, precarious work and contesting ‘bogus’ self-employment. In her doctoral study, at the University of Strathclyde, Eleanor examined grievance formulation processes and expressions in comparative workplace settings, exploring the changing nature of conflict at work, worker organisation and the extent of the juridification of employment relations.
Eleanor has published her work in top-rated journal such as: Work, Employment and Society; Economic and Industrial Democracy; and Capital and Class, as well as in chapters in an edited book published by Policy Press. She has previously worked on several large-scale research projects funded by the European Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation and The Carnegie Trust, as well as holding teaching appointments at the Universities of Strathclyde, Bristol, Stirling, Queen Margaret and Ulster University.
Eleanor’s research interests encompass the sociology of work, employment relations, work-related conflict, access to justice and legal consciousness.
Researchgate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eleanor_Kirk
Co-Chair (with Professor Nicole Busby) of the theme, “Workplace Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century” at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster University, 2016
Best PhD/Early Career Paper at the British Universities Industrial Relations Association annual conference, June 2015
ESRC 1+3 Studentship: The Formulation & Expression of Workplace Grievances: a Comparative Study, submitted inMarch 2015
MSc in Human Resource Management, with distinction, University of Strathclyde, September, 2007
Double First Class Honours Degree in Politics & HRM, University of Strathclyde, 2006
Conference papers and invited talks
Kirk, E. (2018) “Gig work grievances.” Work, Employment and Society annual conference, Belfast, September.
Kirk, E and Gall, G (2018) “The redirection of worker grievance expression: an assessment of the displacement thesis.” BUIRA annual conference, Middlesex University, June.
Kirk, E. (2018) “Contesting ‘Bogus’ Self-Employment: a dispute perspective on problematic precarity.” World of Work conference. University of Bristol. April.
Busby, N. and Kirk, E. (2017) “Unpaid Britain: Access to Justice in the Employment Tribunal,” The Unpaid Britain project report launch. 30th November. Conway Hall, London.
Kirk, E. (2017) “Migrant Workers & Employment Disputes: problems at work, precarity and the (non)pursuit of resolution.” BUIRA, De Montfort University. June.
Kirk, E. (2017) “Performance management and the frontier of control in the workplace: exploring the interrelations of the nature of work, technology and worker organisation.” BUIRA, De Montfort University. June.
Kirk, E. and Busby, N. (2017) “Led up the tribunal path? Employment disputes, legal consciousness and trust in the protection of law.” British Academy Seminar: From Collective Legal Consciousness to the Legal Consciousness of Collective Dissent, Oxford. April.
Kirk, E. (2016) “The ‘problem’ with the Employment Tribunal System: Reforms, Rhetoric and Realities for Clients of Citizens’ Advice Bureaux.” Socio-Legal Studies Association, University of Lancaster, April.
Kirk, E. (2016) “Justice & Legal Remedies in Employment Disputes: adviser & advisee perspectives.” Discussion paper, Onãti Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain. April.
Kirk, E. (2015) “Austerity and the Vilification of Tribunal Claimants: Challenging the Myths.” British Universities Industrial Relations Association, University of Leicester, June.
Kirk, E. (2011) “Acting for Non-Union Workers the way a Trade Union Would”: a Case Study of a Distinctive New Actor in Employment Relations.” British Universities Industrial Relations Association, University of Greenwich, June.
Kirk, E. (2010) “Critical Perspectives on Work: Fields, Foci and the Reconfiguration of Expressions of Discontent,” Paper presented to the International School of Working Lives, University D’Evry, Paris.
Kirk, E. (2010) “Grievance Formulation and Expression: a Conceptual Critique of Mobilization Theory,” Paper Presented to the British Industrial Relations Association, University of Manchester, June.