Miguel Martinez Lucio

Miguel Martinez Lucio


Personal profile


Miguel was born in London and attended Aylestone Comprehensive (now Queens Park Community School). He then studied for a BA (Hons.) in Economics and Government and then a SSRC competitive sponsored MA in Latin American Government and Politics at Essex University (1979-1983). He was a Researcher located in the Universidad Autonoma de Madrids Sociology Department (1983-84) financed by a British Council/Spanish Ministry of Education Scholarship and later a Vicente Cañada Blanch Foundation/University of London Fellowship (1986-87). He completed his PhD in Industrial Relations in 1988 with an ESRC scholarship (1984-86) at the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. He has worked at Cardiff University, Keele University, Leeds University, Durham University and Bradford University as well as having been employed in local government during the 1980s.

Research interests

The main focus of his research during the past thirty years as an academic has been concerned with the changing patterns of rights and regulation within labour & employment relations and human resource management. Much of this work has a comparative and international perspective. The work deals with the position and role of regulation and institutions (public and private) in the context of globalisation, increasing managerialism, and socio-economic uncertainty.

In the first instance, he has researched on the changing identity and structures of industrial relations and human resource management: the impact of new forms of management and workplace organisation on workers and trade unions in terms of individualisation and fragmentation, the emergence of new frameworks of firm level regulation such as social partnership and market facing representation, the impact of organisational practices such as quality management and teamworking on worker politics, and the general globalisation of industrial relations and human resource management in a range of sectors such as automobiles, financial services, food manufacturing, postal services, chemicals, and airlines  - and how they challenge traditional forms of regulation and representation.

Secondly, he has studied such changes through a range of research projects in relation to questions of deregulation, privatisation and marketisation in terms of work, employment and management in the public sector and privatised industries across various countries, e.g. the health services, postal services, the airline sector, local state administration. The emergence of the strategy and discourse of human resource management, the impact of further Americanisation and neo-liberal agendas within management and organisational practices, and new forms of organisational participation are the subject of a range of his empirical and analytical papers. He has a strong interest in the changing role of the state in relation to these issues and how the state has re-shaped employment relations.  Hence he has worked extensively on the question and challenge of 'soft regulation', new forms of state intervention and the role of the labour inspectorate.
Thirdly, a large part of this work also focuses on the broader social and political context of change in terms of new forms of labour organisation and the fragmentation of the political. This dimension has been developed in terms of the changing nature of collectivism at work, trade union renewal and modernisation, new forms of labour networking/organisation, and more recently the changing composition of collective voice mechanisms in work and employment in terms of gender, migration and racial/ethnic minorities, and health and safety issues. His work explores the way organised labour and workers respond to economic, organisational and social change and fragmentation through new forms of representation and engagement.  At the heart of this work is the way the politics of work and employment is broadening around a 'new' set of issues and worker experiences in what is a more difficult and challenging economic and social environment.  He is working on questions of equality and inclusion in terms of the their political development and meanings.
Significant aspects of this research have been financed by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, the Anglo-German Foundation, the British Council and various trade union and public policy bodies such as ACAS and BIS. He works in an individual capacity and also with colleagues at various institutions in the UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and Malaysia. There are a range of public reports and public interventions in terms of his work that complement the academic articles and texts he has produced. He has a long forty year history of working with the labour movement and progressive organisations on a range of issues such as change in employment relations, health and safety developments, social and equality rights, and others. 


Further information

Miguel has taught a range of modules over the past thirty years: Human Resource Management (both National and International), Employment and Industrial Relations, Public Policy and Management, European Public Policy, Research Methods, Management Theory/Business Environment, and the Sociology of Work. He has supervised a range of doctorial students and has taught on doctoral and masters programmes in the UK (e.g. Ruskin College) and in Spain (e.g. the University Autonoma of Madrid, University of Zaragoza, University of Seville, the University of Valencia and the University of Oviedo). He is currently teaching Human Resource Management (Context and Organisation), Research Process at the PGR level, and Trends in Global Business and Management at the Posgraduate level. He was the co-ordinator and a co-founder of the Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC) and an active member of the European Work and Employment Research Centre (EWERC) within Manchester University: he was part of the team that merged these into the current Work & Equalities Institute (WEI) and has been a co-director.

In addition, he has been on a range of editorial boards and committees such as the International Journal of HRM, Work, Employment and Society, and Capital and Class (where he was lead lead coordinator twice).  He is currently on the editorial board of the European Journal of Industrial Relations, Labor and Society, Cuadernos de Relaciones Laborales, Revista Accion e Investigacion Social, and Critical Perspectives in International Business. Since 2018 he has been a joint editor of New Technology, Work and Employment. He has been an advisor and evaluator for various bodies such as trade unions (e.g. UNISON, UNITE, the CWU, UCATT, the TUC nationally and regionally, and the ETUC) and public bodies (e.g. BIS, ACAS, EC, and various local government organisations such as Manchester and Leeds).  He is a founder member of Critical Labour Studies and a member of the trade unions UNITE and the UCU. He is a Fellow of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association and a Co-Researcher of the University of Montreal Interuniversity Reseach Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Work and Equalities Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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