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Dr Dean Stroud

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Email
stroudda1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0) 29 2087 4000 ext.77406
Campuses
Room 2.39, Glamorgan Building
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer teaching and researching in the area of skills and workforce development. I have a particular interest in the political economy of skill and skill systems, especially in relation to the workplace and the organisation of vocational education and training, and the role of trade unions therein. Other research interests include the greening of skills, jobs and the economy and processes of technological change and digitalisation. Heavy industry, and the European steel industry particularly, provides the context for much of my research. My current research is on the European steel industry's future skill needs https://www.estep.eu/essa/

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1315817-4m-funding-awarded-to-drive-skills-in-steel-industry

Biography

Education

  • PhD in Sociology of Education (School of Education, Cardiff University) Title: 'The Social Construction of Labour Markets by Students in Higher Education'.
  • MSc Econ. Social Science Research Methods (School of Social and Administrative Studies, Cardiff University).
  • BSc Econ. Sociology (School of Social and Administrative Studies, Cardiff University)

Career

I completed my ESRC sponsored PhD in 2002. Between 2001 and 2008 I was employed at Cardiff University on a number of research projects, the majority of which explored worker experiences of education and training in the workplace. In 2008 I was appointed as Lecturer (Education), Cardiff School of Social Sciences, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of DYSG's Research Forum and Equality Network Forum (Learning and Skills Development Agency for Wales)
  • Associate member of DYSG (Learning and Skills Development Agency for Wales)
  • Expert Advisor – European Metalworkers' Federation Steel Select Social Dialogue Committee on Workforce Development, Recruitment and Retention (2009-2012)
  • Associate member of SKOPE
  • Member of BUIRA

Speaking engagements

Since 2003 I have been invited to speak at various events and forums, including:

  • Presented on the workforce implications of the internationalisation of the steel industry at the Eurosteelmaster professional programme in Terni, Italy. (2003)
  • Since 2005 I have attended on invitation the European Commission's Sector Social Dialogue Committee Steel to speak on skills and training, Brussels. 
  • Invited discussant to the ESRC Waste of the World Programme roundtable, Sheffield University. (2007)
  • Presented UK evidence on the case for a European Steel Council on jobs and skills, Brussels. (2011)
  • Presented the findings of the 'Skilling the Bay' (Regional Geelong Area) project to Victoria State government (Education Department), Geelong. (2013)
  • Invited by Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work, RMIT to speak on greening regions, Melbourne. (2013)   
  • Invited expert to a workshop organised as part of the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) programme project on the greening of the Pomerskie region’s blue economy, Gdansk. (2015)
  • Invited discussant to a roundtable organsied by Jean Lambert MEP on developing a green economy for a report to Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee, London. (2015)
  • Invited panel speaker at the ILO Future of Work Centenary, Debating the Future of Work, Sheffield. (2019)
  • Invited discussant to the University of Glasgow and Alex Ferry Foundation RoundTable on  'The research and policy opportunities and challenges around the issues of 'good work', TUC Congress House, London. (2019)
  • Invited presentation on industry road maps to the 'Building the right skills for the European steel industry', Steel Sector Careers Conference, Brussels. (2020)

Committees and reviewing

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Proposal Assessor
  • Journal reviewer: Economic and Industrial Democracy, Sociology, Globalisations, Relations Industrielles, British Educational Research Journal, European Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Book proposal reviewer: Polity Press

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Teaching

I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of work, employment, labour markets and skills, including on the MSc Social Science Research Methods and MSc Education & MSc Education, Policy and Society programmes.

I am Programme Director for the MSc Skills and Workforce Development, which is a collaboration with the Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/112813-successful-start-to-the-first-year-of-the-msc-skills-and-workforce-development

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/383173-singapore-based-masters-celebrates-successful-second-year

I supervise PhD research in the areas of education and training, skills development, work, employment and industrial relations. I am education pathway lead for the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership http://walesdtp.ac.uk/pathway/education/

Since 2015 I have organised an annual Erasmus+ placement with my research partners at Sozialforschungsstelle, Technical University of Dortmund https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/103869-four-undergraduates-win-overseas-placements-for-summer-2015 for second year undergraduates.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dean Stroud is a senior lecturer in education at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. The principal focus of his research is skills and training needs and workplace learning. Other areas of interest include the labour process and industrial relations, workforce reconfiguration and equality and diversity. More recently his research has focused on 'green' and sustainability issues, particularly with regard to 'green' skills and jobs and transitions from high to low carbon economies and processes of technological change and digitalisation.

Current Research

€3.9M European Steel Skills Agenda (ESSA) The project aims to develop a Blueprint for a sustainable, steel industry driven and coordinated European Steel Skills Agenda (ESSA). The Agenda will present a strategy for meeting current and future skills demands, and pilot the development of modules and tools for building awareness and implementing new skills for a globally competitive industry. The aim is to be ready to anticipate new skills demands and to develop pro-active practical activities to meet the future requirements of the industry. https://www.estep.eu/essa/

“New Skills Agenda Steel”: Industry-driven sustainable European Steel Skills Agenda and Strategy (ESSA) is an Erasmus+ Call: Sector Skills Alliances (Lot 3) Action: Sector Skills Alliances in vocational education and training Action type: Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectoral cooperation on skills
Project Number: 600886-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA-B
Agreement Number: 2018-3059/001-001

Duration: 2019-2022

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1315817-4m-funding-awarded-to-drive-skills-in-steel-industry

€1.7M Dromosplan, Funder: European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel 2016-2020: The aim of this project is to evaluate the benefits arising from the application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in steelworks

http://www.dromosplan.eu/ 

Past Projects

Expert Role: “Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills: towards an EU strategy addressing the skills needs of the steel sector” Funder: European Commission – Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) Programme: COSME – EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, 2019-2020

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/raw-materials/industries/metals/steelcareers_en 

€1.7M WaterWatt, Funder: European Commission Horizon 2020 (2016-18 lead UK partner/co-applicant with DECHEMA, of 24 month research project, with full RA pt6, plus research costs). The Project WaterWatt “Improvement of energy efficiency in industrial water circuits using gamification for online self-assessment, benchmarking and economic decision support”, which started at 1st of April 2016, has the main objective of increasing energy efficiency in industrial water circuits. http://www.waterwatt.eu/

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/530575-waterwatt

€2K The Sector Social Dialogue Committee Steel – Training Working Group: Workforce Development, Recruitment and Retention: Mapping Social Demographics, Funder: European Commission (2015-2016/7: Engagement as international expert and principal investigator)

€3K + expenses Boosting Skills Eco-systems for Greener Jobs in the Pomeranian Region in Poland Funder: OECD LEED programme (2014: engagement as international expert)

$20K (AUS) Skilling the Bay Geelong – Regional Labour Market Profile, Funder: Victoria State Government and RMIT Melbourne (2012-13: consultant on 12 month research project, with part-time RA pt6)

€530K Greening Technical VET - Sustainable Training Module for the Funder: European Steel Industry Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Projects: Development of Innovation (2011-2013: lead UK partner/co-applicant with sfs Dortmund, of 24 month research project, with full RA pt6, plus research costs).

$8K (AUS) Latrobe Valley Skills and Transition Study Funder: Victoria State Government and RMIT Melbourne (2011-12: consultant on 6 month research project, with part-time RA pt6)

€25K Towards a European Steel council on Jobs and Skill: Identifying the Actors, Funder: European Commission (2010-2011, lead UK partner as invited expert)

£2K Evaluation of Basics of Gas Combustion Training Funder: Tata Steel (2009-10: consultant on 6 month research/evaluation project)

£5K Women in Ports, Funder: International Transport Workers’ Federation & European Transport Workers’ Federation (2009: Researcher)

£14.5K The Practices and Process of Workplace learning in the British Steel Industry Funder: SKOPE ESRC Research Centre (2007-08: co-applicant with Peter Fairbrother)

£6K Workplace Education: Exploring the efficacy of work based learning strategies Funder: Nuffield Social Science Awards Scheme (2007-08: Principal Investigator)

£10K An Investigation of the Re-training of Redundant Steelworkers in Steel Communities in Wales Funder: Cardiff University, Cardiff Young Researcher Initiative (2007-08: Principal Investigator)

Independent Study into the Devolution of Student Support System and Tuition Fee Regime in Wales, Funder: Welsh Assembly Government (2005: Researcher)

€572K Equality and Diversity Learning in the European Steel Industry Funder: Leonardo Da Vinci Pilot Project (2004-2007: lead UK partner/co-applicant with Peter Fairbrother of 36 month research project)

€25K Equality and Diversity in the European Electricity Industry Funder: European Commission (2004: Researcher)

€540K New Steel Industry Challenges Funder: Leonardo Da Vinci Pilot Project (2001-2004: Project Manager and Researcher)

€31K Future Skills Needs in the European Electricity Sector, Funder: European Commission (2003: Researcher)

Independent Investigation Group on Student Hardship and Funding, Funder: Welsh Assembly Government (2000: Researcher)

ESRC PhD Scholarship An investigation of the social construction of labour markets by students in higher education’ (1997-2000).

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD and Prof Doc students in the areas of:

  • Comparative political economy
  • Skills and workforce development
  • Industrial relations
  • Greening of jobs, skills and the economy
  • Technology and digitalisation

Currently supervising:

  • Khalifa Al Hatmi - The Impact of Credentials and Social Capital on Employment Outcomes
  • Alex Still - Place-Based Digital Innovation in the Foundational Economy: A Valleys Perspective
  • Emma Chivers - How can HEI’s increase the retention and progression of Foundation Year Students within HE in Wales?
  • Faisal Al Balushi - The Role Student Advisory Councils play in the Development of Citizenship and Civic participation Skills Among Higher Education Students in Oman
  • Gareth Downey - The reform of vocational qualifications in Wales - the role and influence of learning providers in the reform process
  • Andrew Burnett - The impact of professional teacher training on the professional identity of the medical professions
  • Scott McKenzie - The utility of area-based policies and practices in the university access agenda in Wales

Starting October 2020

  • Zara Evans - Healthcare and skills
  • Georgina Whiteman - School to work transitions in post-conflict countries
  • Francisco Pando Junco - Digitilisation and Marx

Past projects

Co-supervisor (50%) for Jean Pia - “nangangamuhan”: An analysis of the standard employment contract (POEA-SEC) for Filipino seafarers (Awarded 2018)

Co-supervisor (50%) for Junichi Mori - Dynamic Skill Formation in Vietnam: Beyond a ‘Skill Mismatch’ Paradigm (Awarded 2019)

Co-supervisor (50%) for Issa Al Shabibi - Planning for Entrepreneurialism in a Rentier State Economy: Entrepreneurship Education for Economic Diversification in Oman (Awarded 2020)