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

Core members

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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