Professor Alan Felstead
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Professor Alan Felstead has degrees from the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and Imperial College, University of London. He has held positions at Nuffield College, University of Oxford and the University of Leicester. Since 2006 he has been a Research Professor at Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. His research focuses on: the quality of work; training, skills and learning; non-standard employment; and the spaces and places of work. Professor Felstead has completed numerous funded research projects (including 14 funded by the Economic and Social Research Council), produced seven books, and written over 200 journal articles, book chapters, research reports and discussion papers. He has generated research income of £7.3 million with grants from, for example, the ESRC, UK government departments, devolved administrations, the European Union and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). He has delivered many keynote addresses to conferences around the world, including China, Singapore, South Africa, Australia and Europe, and given labour market advice to policy-makers inside and outside the UK. His latest book, Unequal Britain at Work, was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. According to one reveiwer the book 'is impressive for its timespan, depth and rigour', while for another it offers a 'welcome' and 'nuanced empirical analysis ... very relevant to policy debate'. His other books have also drawn praise. Improving Working as Learning, London: Routledge, 2009, won a prestigious prize from the Society for Educational Studies awarded for books in print that year. Changing Places of Work, London: Palgrave, 2005, also made an impact, with one reviewer rating it as a 'significant book' prompting us to 'rediscover and rethink the socio-spatial organisation of work'. He has been Visiting Professor at the ESRC Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES), UCL Institute of Education since 2009, he was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2011 and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW) in 2013, and is currently a Senior Member of the ESRC's Peer Review College.
I have supervised numerous undergraduate and masters dissertations as well as PhD theses. I have also acted as PhD external examiner on many occasions, both in the UK and overseas.
I am keen to supervise topics related to the labour market, including the location of work, types of employment contract and the variety of ways in which workers learn at work.
Honours and awards
Visiting Professor at the ESRC Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES), UCL Institute of Education.
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences (FAcSS).
Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW).
2013 SAGE Prize for Excellence Nominee for refereed journal article entitled 'An analysis of the impact of the 2008-09 recession on the provision of training in the UK', Work, Employment and Society, 26(6): 968-986.
2013 SAGE Prize for Excellence Nominee for refereed journal article entitled 'Job preferences and the intrinsic quality of work: the changing attitudes to work of British employees 1992-2006', Work, Employment and Society, 26(5): 806-821.
2010 Society of Educational Studies Award for Improving Working as Learning book. It was judged to be of 'fundamental importance' to the study, understanding and conceptualization of workplace learning and was 'highly recommended' for books published in 2009.
2005 Emerald Citation of Excellence Award for refereed journal article entitled 'For better or worse? Non-standard jobs and high involvement work systems', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 15(7): 1293-1316. The award placed it in the top 50 out of 15,000 published articles assessed over the previous year.
Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA).
Member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA).
Previous academic positions
Professor/Reader/Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow/Research Associate at the University of Leicester.
Research Officer at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
I convene a second year module on the world of work which combines academic study with experiential learning (SI0240). In addition, I give occasional lectures on other modules such as the first year social research methods module (SI0120). I also teach skills concepts, ways of understanding workforce development and research methods in context as part of a Masters in Skills and Workforce Development in Singapore (SIT903).
During my career, I have supervised and taught numerous students to completion of post-graduate dissertations and theses. I have also acted as PhD external examiner on many occasions, both in the UK and overseas. I am keen to supervise postgraduate students whose areas of interest are related to the labour market. Such topics include the location of work, types of employment contract and the variety of ways in which workers learn at work.
Research council funded research projects include, in reverse chronological order (non-ESRC projects not listed):
1. ESRC - 'Skills and Employment Survey 2017' (with funding from the Department for Education and Cardiff University) (Principal Applicant with Francis Green, Duncan Gallie and Golo Henseke).
2. ESRC - 'Development Work for the Skills and Employment Survey 2017' funded as an additional ESRC/UKCES Strategic Partnership grant to LLAKES (Principal Applicant with Francis Green and Duncan Gallie).
3. ESRC – 'Longitudinal Follow-up to the Skills and Employment Survey 2012' funded under the LLAKES second five-year grant (2013-2017) (Co-applicant with Francis Green and Duncan Gallie).
4. ESRC–'Additional Analysis of the Skills and Employment Survey 2012' funded as additional ESRC/UKCES Strategic Partnership grant to LLAKES (Co-applicant with Francis Green and Duncan Gallie).
5. ESRC – 'The Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector: Inequality and Work Quality' (Co-applicant with Phil Murphy, David Blackaby, Melanie Jones, Vicki Wass and Gerry Makepeace).
6. ESRC – 'Skills and Employment Survey 2012' funded under the ESRC/UKCES Strategic Partnership with additional funding from WISERD (Principal Applicant with Duncan Gallie and Francis Green).
7. ESRC – 'Training in Recession: Historical, Comparative and Case Study Perspectives' funded under the ESRC/UKCES Strategic Partnership (Principal Applicant with Francis Green).
8. ESRC – 'Work Attitude Measures in Large Multi-User Surveys' funded under Seminar Series Competition (Co-applicant with Brendan Burchell, Shirley Dex, Zella King and Michael Rose).
9. ESRC matched by funds from DfES, DTI, LSC, SSDA, Scottish Enterprise and ELWa (additional funds for boosts from ELWa, EMDA, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise) – '2006 Skills Survey' (Co-applicant with Francis Green and Duncan Gallie).
10. ESRC – 'Learning as Work: Teaching and Learning in the Contemporary Work Organization' funded under the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (Principal Applicant with Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin).
11. ESRC – 'Transforming Places of Work' funded under the Future of Work Programme (Principal Applicant with Nick Jewson, Annie Phizacklea and Sally Walters).
12. ESRC – 'Working at Home: New Perspectives' funded under the Future of Work Programme (Principal Applicant with Nick Jewson and Annie Phizacklea).
13. ESRC – 'Learning, Skills and Economic Rewards in Britain' funded under the Learning Society Programme (Co-applicant with David Ashton and Francis Green).
14. ESRC – 'The Meaning and Implications of Training Data' (Co-applicant with Francis Green and Ken Mayhew).