Our people

Find out more about the people who make up the Work and Equalities Institute.

In December 2021 Anthony Rafferty, Professor of Employment Studies and previous Deputy Director of the Institute, was appointed the new Managing Director of the Work and Equalities Institute. He said, “It’s an honour to be taking over as Managing Director at this important time and I thank Jill and all our members for the excellent work in establishing the institute over the last few years. The global pandemic has reinforced the centrality of work and equalities issues and so the core research objectives of the institute. As a collaborative endeavour, I very much look forward to continuing working with so many great colleagues on the next phase of development and our important work ahead”.

Jill Rubery will continue as executive director and a member of the WEI’s management committee. Her main roles will be to act as an ambassador for the WEI within its international networks and to further strengthen and broaden these networks. A particular objective is to assist early career researchers to develop their own international contacts and reputation, given the restrictions on travel since Covid, and to further enhance the WEI’s international reputation for world-leading research on issues related to work and equalities.

Steering group

  • Anthony Rafferty – Managing Director
  • Jill Rubery – Executive Director
  • Sheena Johnson – Deputy Director, Research; Coordinator for policy advisory group and research themes leader
  • Stephen Mustchin – Research themes leader
  • Jenny Rodriguez – Seminar series coordinator
  • Cassie Bowkett – Research themes leader
  • Julie Jebsen – Research themes leader
  • Isabelle Bi – Early career research representative
  • Shreya Roy Choudhury – Doctoral student representative
  • Mennatullah Muhammad – Doctoral student representative
  • Shubhangi Sharma – Doctoral student representative

Core members

  • Matt Alford – Senior Lecturer in International Business and Management
  • Francisca Álvarez-Figueroa – Lecturer in Employment Studies
  • Emma Banister – Professor of Marketing
  • Lawrence Benson –Senior Lecturer in Healthcare and Public Sector Management
  • Isabelle Bi – Research Associate
  • Cassie Bowkett – Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Law
  • Sharon Clarke – Professor of Organisational Psychology
  • Cary Cooper – Professor of Organisational Psychology
  • Elaine Dewhurst – Senior Lecturer in Employment Law
  • Tony Dundon – Professor of HRM and Employment Relations
  • John Foster – Lecturer
  • Julie Froud – Professor of Financial Innovation
  • Anita Greenhill – Senior Lecturer in People Management and Organisation
  • David Holman – Professor of Organisational Psychology
  • Eva Herman – Research Associate, WEI
  • Debra Howcroft – Professor of Technology and Organisation
  • Ceri Hughes – Research Associate, WEI
  • Cristina Inversi – Lecturer in Employment Law
  • Laura Jarvis-King – Research Associate, WEI
  • Julie Jebsen – Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
  • Ian Johnson – Lecturer in Business Law
  • Mat Johnson – Senior Lecturer in HRM and Employment Studies 
  • Sheena Johnson – Professor of Work Psychology and Wellbeing
  • Saleema Kauser – Senior Lecturer in Organisational Strategy
  • Arjan Keizer – Senior Lecturer in International Human Resources
  • Fiona King – Lecturer in Business and Accounting Law
  • Aristea Koukiadaki – Professor of Employment Law
  • Wing Lam – Professor in Organisational Psychology
  • Stefania Marino – Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies
  • Miguel Martinez Lucio – Professor in International HRM and Comparative IR
  • Anne McBride – Professor of Employment Studies
  • Stephen Mustchin – Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies
  • Kara Ng – Presidential Fellow, Organisational Psychology
  • Elinor O'Connor – Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology / Director of Teaching and Learning at Alliance MBS
  • Masakatsu Ono – Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
  • Anthony Rafferty – Professor of Employment Studies / Managing Director of the Work and Equalities Institute
  • Jenny Rodriguez – Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies
  • Jill Rubery – Professor of Comparative Employment Systems / Executive Director of the Work and Equalities Institute
  • Syed Imran Saqib – Lecturer
  • Holly Smith – Research Associate
  • Usman Talat – Lecturer
  • Isabel Tavora – Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
  • Nathaniel Tetteh – Lecturer in Employment Studies
  • Andra Toader – Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
  • Sara Willis – Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
  • Sarah Willis – Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Management

Affiliate members

External members

  • Lara Bianchi - Assistant Professor in Business and Society, University of Nottingham
  • Jo Cartwright - Course Leader for Human Resource Management, London Metropolitan University
  • Ria Deakin - Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sajia Ferdous – Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast
  • Damian Grimshaw - Honorary Professor of Employment Studies, King's College London
  • Gail Hebson - Honorary Lecturer in Human Resource Management
  • Martí López Andreu - Honorary Senior Lecturer in HRM and Employment Relations
  • Francine Morris - Lecturer in People Management, Salford University
  • Clare Mumford - Senior Research Assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Helen Norman - Senior Research Fellow, Leeds University Business School
  • Safak Tartanoglu Bennett - University of Greenwich
  • Nina Teasdale - Postdoctoral Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Ricardo Twumasi - Lecturer in Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology, King's College London

Emeritus members

  • Helge Hoel – Emeritus Professor in Organisational Behaviour
  • Jeremy Waddington – Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations
  • Roger Walden – Emeritus Lecturer

Advisory boards

The Work and Equalities Institute has three advisory boards:

National Policy Advisory Board 

  • Matt Ainsworth, Greater Manchester Combined Authority Ageing Hub
  • Helen Beers, Health and Safety Laboratory
  • Samantha Clarke, Director of North West ACAS
  • Lynn Collins, TUC North West Regional Secretary
  • Nicola Countouris, Professor of Labour Law and European Law, UCL
  • Steve Craig, UCATT
  • Paul Dennett, City Mayor, Salford City Council
  • Silvia Galandini, Oxfam
  • Jo Garsden, Greater Manchester Combined Authority Ageing Hub
  • Alison Higgins, Health and Safety Executive
  • Paul McGarry, Greater Manchester Combined Authority Ageing Hub
  • Gwen Oliver, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Stephen Overell, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Steve Sumner, IOSH Chair National Safety Symposium
  • Heather Wakefield, Chair, Maternity Action
  • Graham Whitham, Greater Manchester Poverty Action
  • Tom Wilson, Greater Manchester Poverty Action
  • Wilson Wong, CIPD

International Academic Advisory Board

  • Marian Baird, The University of Sydney Business School
  • Rose Batt, Cornell University
  • Gerhard Bosch, Uni Duisburg-Essen
  • Jenny Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Fang Lee Cooke, Monash University
  • Premilla D'Cruz Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • Ståle Einarsen, University of Bergen
  • Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina
  • Kevin Kelloway, Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia
  • Maarten Keune, Amsterdam University
  • Dong-One Kim, Korea University Business School
  • Tom Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Ellen Kossek, Purdue University, Indiana
  • Katherine Lippel, University of Ottawa
  • Paula McDonald, The Queensland University of Technology
  • Ruth Milkman, City University of New York
  • Lourdes Munduate, University of Seville
  • Rafa Muñoz de Bustillo, The University of Salamanca
  • Gregor Murray, University of Montreal
  • Valeria Pulignano, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Ida Regalia, University of Milan
  • Bill Roche, University College Dublin
  • Chris Tilly, University of California
  • Adrian Wilkinson, Griffith University
  • Charles Woolfson, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, Sweden

International Policy Advisory Board

  • Janine Berg, Senior Policy Advisor, ILO
  • Enrique Fernandez-Macias, Senior Policy Advisor, Eurofound
  • Maria Jepsen, Head of research, European Trade Union Institute
  • Shahra Razavi, Chief research and data, UN Women
  • Peter Rigney, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  • Manuel Velázquez, Chief Labour and Social Security Inspectorate, Biscay, Spain
  • Salvo Leonardi, CGIL

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