Douglas Martin

Dr. Douglas Martin

Senior Lecturer

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Greenbank Building, GR128

+44 (0) 1772 89 4709

Subject Areas: Business and Management

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.

Full Profile

Douglas has a PhD from Strathclyde University (2015): his research examined the impact of lean production in the UK Civil Service and the trade union response. Douglas has an MA in Medieval History and Scottish History from Glasgow University (1982) and an MSc in Human Resource Management from Stirling University (2007). He also spent around 20 years working in the public sector where he was active within the trade union at both national and local levels primarily in the area of health and safety. Douglas also has a TUC Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health from Stow College in Glasgow (2005). He is currently Deputy Vice Chair of the BAHSS Ethics Panel. His teaching includes both undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and he holds PhD/DBA supervision responsibilities. Douglas is the programme leader for the BA in Human Resource Management.

Research Groups


(2018) Lean in a cold fiscal climate: the public sector in an age of reduced resources. Public Money and Management, 38 (1), pp.29-36

(2017) Making tax and social security decisions: lean and deskilling in the UK Civil Service. New Technology, Work and Employment, 32 (2), pp.146-159

(2017) ‘Lean’ in the UK Civil Service: from the theory of improvement to the varied realities of costs cutting. La Nouvelle Revue du Travail . ISSN 2263-5084

(forthcoming) Studying Employment Relations from a Trade Union Perspective: the Politics of Research. Sage Research Methods Cases

More publications


Lean, Civil Service, industrial relations, trade unions


2011 - “Is lean production the solution or the problem? Work organizational change in the UK Civil Service”
paper presented at 29th International Labour Process Conference, University of Leeds April 5 to 7

2011 - “Organizational Work Change in the United Kingdom Civil Service” paper presented to International Studies in Working Life Doctoral Network, Université d’Évry Val d’Essonne, Centre Pierre Naville, September 13 to 16;

2012 - “The challenge of Lean and the trade union response” paper presented to the British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference, University of Bradford, June 28 to 30

2013 - “ “It’s been a prolonged period of misery, but I think it’s really intensified now”: the impact of lean production management systems on the UK Civil Service” paper presented to the British Industrial Relations Association Conference, University of Strathclyde, June 27 to 29

2014 - ““The “Big Box” scenario: standardisation and standard operating models in the UK Civil Service”, paper presented to the British Industrial Relations Association Conference, University of Westminster, June 25 to 27


  • Fellow of Advance HE
  • Member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association 

Teaching Activities

CIPD Diploma: HR2007 (Contemporary Employee Relations); Undergraduate degree modules: HR2050 (Managing Personnel and Human Resources); HR3024 (Evaluating Human Resource Management), HR1006 (Foundations in Human Resource Management and Development Practice), HR1005 (Introduction to Business Functions).