Professor of Work and Employment, University of Wolverhampton
Paul joined Wolverhampton in April 2021 as Professor of Work and Employment and Co-Head of the Management Research Centre.
Paul’s research interests include labour market change, local and regional development, local and regional labour markets and skills policy. His recent research has examined sub-national approaches to economic development and industrial strategy; wage progression for low-paid workers; the links between skills, business models and productivity; and the place-based impacts of creative freelancing. His work on local patterns of growth and poverty has innovated in methods for sub-national analysis; while his work on pay progression extends HRM theory in the context of active labour market policy. One of Paul’s key professional achievements is developing research insights which are policy relevant and communicating these to policy audiences.
Paul has published in a range of leading journals and has authored more than 40 research papers and policy reports. He is an Editor at the journal of Work, Employment and Society.
Paul’s research has been supported by a range of funders including the ESRC, Central Government departments, regional and local government, Third Sector organisations and grant funding organisations.
Paul has previously held posts at Coventry University (where he is also currently a Visiting Professor), The Work Foundation, the Institute for Employment Studies and the University of Dundee.
Ahead of the UK governments latest economic statement, the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, and the secretary of state for work and pensions, Mel Stride, unveiled a new employment support package dubbed the back to work...