Anthony Rafferty

Anthony Rafferty


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Anthony Rafferty is Professor in Employment Studies in the People, Management and Organisations (PMO) Division of AMBS and Managing Director of the Work and Equalities Institute (WEI). His current research chiefly concerns issues surrounding labour market inequalities (e.g. gender and racial discrimination) and understanding the implications for organizational and management practice of issues of sustainable and inclusive growth. He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College and has undertaken advisory roles or research consultancy for a variety of organisations including the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the UK Commission for Skills and Employment (UKCES), The European Foundation (Eurofound), and the UK Research Council. He has acted as an invited expert advisor to the UK government on employment and welfare reform issues giving oral evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee.


Prior to joining AMBS, Anthony worked as a researcher at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) in the Department of Social Statistics at Manchester and for Economic and Social Data Services (ESDS) Government.

Research interests

Dr. Anthony Rafferty's research involves the the use of mixed methods and quantitative research. Part of this includes the use of advanced statistical methods to analyse large government or international datasets to analyse labour market developments in relation to demographic, economic and social trends, particularly in relation to labour market inequalities and negative experience in the workplace (e.g. bullying).  A further strand of research concerns the future of work, international trends in job quality and 'wage polarization' and how the impact of technological change on the labour market is framed by different national institutional contexts. Example topics include:


- Gender and employment

- Ethnic and migrant inequalities in the labour market

- International trends in job quality

- Welfare and public sector reform and the labour market

- Human resource management practices, inclusion, and social inequality


Other research

Current & Recent Research and advisory work:

- House of Commons Work and Pensions Commitee 'In-work progression in Universal Credit Inquiry" (oral and written evidence)  Click here.

- Economic benefits of gender equality in the European Union (Expert Advisor) Click here.

- "Divergence and convergence in job quality in Europe", Research project for the European Foundation for the improvement of Working and Living Conditions (Eurofound), Click here.


-"Gender differences in job quality in Europe", Research project for Eurofound Click here. 


-'Gender, labour underutilisation and recession', ESRC Small Grant  Click here 


-Women and Austerity: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Gender Equality. Click here


-Ethnic differences in graduate level over-education, unemployment and wages. Click here


-Tripartite meeting of experts on the measurement of decent work, International Labour Organisation, Geneva (Independent Expert Advisor). Click here


I am interested in supervising PhD students on topics relevant to my research interests. Currently I am predominantly interested in quantitative or mixed methods projects, particularly those which utilise national or international survey datasets although supervise work based on qualitative approaches and business case study methods.

Other teaching information

-BMAN60621 Research Methods for Organisations (Module Coordinator and Lecturer). MSc. Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, MSc. International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations, and MSc. Chinese Business and Management course.

-BMAN70231 Human Resource Management Strategy and Practice (Module Coordinator and Lecturer).  MSc. Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and MSc. International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations.


-BMAN20842 Organizations and Employment (Module Coordinator and Lecturer). Level 2 undergraduate Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Course.


-Global MBA Programme (Coordinator for HRM and Organisational Behaviour module and tutor/ workshop leader).


-Full-time MBA Programme: Lecturer, People, Management and Organisations Module. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • The Productivity Institute
  • Work and Equalities Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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