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Professor Caroline Lloyd

Professor Caroline Lloyd


School of Social Sciences

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I teach and research in the field of work and employment. My main research interests explore the relationships between product markets, labour markets, work organisation and skill. I have published widely on issues related to the political economy of skill and the causes and consequences of low wage work, including co-editing Low-Wage Work in the United Kingdom (Russell Sage Foundation) in 2008. My current research is a comparative study of work organisation in the service sector; Skills in the Age of Overqualification: Comparing Service Sector Work in Europe (with Jonathan Payne) was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

New Book

Published by OUP October 2016

Skills in the Age of Over-Qualification: Comparing Service Sector Work in Europe

Caroline Lloyd and Jonathan Payne


Caroline joined Cardiff University in 2006 when the ESRC centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) transferred from the University of Warwick.  She is currently a professor in the School of Social Sciences and an associate research fellow at SKOPE, University of Oxford.  Her previous posts at Warwick included Warwick Research Fellow, ESRC management research fellow, lecturer and senior lecturer in industrial relations.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association
  • Associate Editor of the Industrial Relations Journal 
  • Editorial Board: New Technology, Work and Employment
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Current teaching

  • Director, MSc Skills and Workforce Development
  • Convenor: Undergraduate module: Inequality and the Division of Labour
  • Convenor: MSc module: Workforce Development Policy and Competitiveness


I welcome PhD applications from students with an interest in the field of work, labour markets and skills. Key research areas are:

  • Low wage work
  • Progression in the labour market
  • International comparative research (particularly France, Norway, Germany, USA, Australia, Singapore, UK)
  • Quality of work
  • Work organisation and skill utilisation
  • Skills policy
  • Trade unions and the regulation of the labour market
  • The political economy of skill
  • The relationship between product markets, labour markets, work organisation and skills.
  • Low waged work in Europe
  • Skills policy
  • Workplace industrial relations