Douglas has worked at the University of Central Lancashire since 2011 teaching in the area of human resource management. His research interests include industrial relations, trade unions and lean systems of work. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personel and Development, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association.
Douglas is the programme leader for the BA in Human Resource Management, and has a range of teaching responsibilities at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is currently Deputy Vice Chair of the BAHSS Ethics Panel. Douglas has published in Public Money and Management, the Industrial Relations Journal and New Technology, Work and Employment. He has also presented his work at several conferences including the International Labour Process Conference and the BUIRA Conference
Before completing his PhD, Douglas worked for around twenty years in the Civil Service where he was active in the trade union, mainly in the area of health and safety.