Organisations, Work and Employment

Organisations, Work and Employment draws together high quality academic research and takes a multisectoral, national and international approach

Work, Organisations and Employment


Organisations, Work and Employment draws together high quality academic research and takes a multisectoral, national and international approach. iROWE (the Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment) works in partnership with the Lancashire Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change and the Centre for SME development. Our research areas are central to the priorities of organisations and shape workplace practice and policy globally such as the International Labour Organisations agenda for Work for Brighter Future and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our research also aligns with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC’s) 2019 priority areas of ‘‘transforming working lives” and the UK government’s Industrial Strategy and its foundations of productivity.

Research areas include, but are not limited to, Equality and work, Good and Sustainable work, enterprise and entrepreneurship, Creative work, Workplace Conflict and Mediation, Lean Management, Wellbeing, Domestic Violence and the workplace, Employment relations and performance, Mental and Physical Health at Work, and ‘good work’.


Working for impact is also central to the research undertaken within this theme, engaging with practice enables us to develop real impact in the workplace. For example, the impact case study submitted by the iROWE titled “Working with Acas - informing advice, policy and guidance” was chosen by the panel of the REF2014 as one of the top eleven cases within the Business and Management Studies unit of assessment. We continue to work on research projects that offer pathways to meaningful change. For example, recent research exploring the role that trade unions have in supporting victims of domestic violence in the workplace has been shared widely with the TUC  and generated interest from Government, European bodies and MEPs.

We also conduct regular public engagement events sharing our research and stimulating conversation with academics and practitioner audiences from across the world. We regularly engage, and have strong, with 200 strong practitioner based associate membership, resulting in a strong reputation among key stakeholders.

Research degree tutors

We have expertise across a broad range of disciplines and offer a supportive and innovative environment for those wishing to pursue postgraduate research degrees. The theme lead is Dr. Adrian Wright.

To find out more please contact:

Dr Steve Willcocks

Human Resource Management and Leadership
Supply Chain/Operations
Strategy and Enterprise / Logistics
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893410 Email: