Dr Whyeda Gill-Mclure

Dr. Whyeda Gill-MclureSchool

University of Wolverhampton Business School


Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Resources & Leadership

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 323867

Email: W.Gill-Mclure@wlv.ac.uk


University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MN Building
Nursery Street


Whyeda worked as a trainee lawyer in the European Commission after completing her LLB at Cambridge. She completed her PhD at Keele University in 2001 examining the impact of marketisation on local government industrial relations. She has taught at the universities of Keele, Sheffield Hallam, Manchester Metropolitan and Derby. She joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2012. She has taught across a range of subjects including her specialist fields of Public Sector Employment Relations and Employment Relations and Law. She has published in the field of public sector industrial relations, political economy, labour history, comparative IR and HRM.

She is currently writing a research monograph for Routledge on Local Government Employers under Austerity. She is also acting as guest editor on the Labor History journal on a special issue to mark the centenary of the Whitley Reports 1917.

Her other current projects include studies of the impact of austerity on UK, European and US local government and the impact of the Trade Union Bill on public sector industrial relations in the UK.

She is co-founder of the West Midlands Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) with David Bailey. Read more about the CSE Midlands launch event.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Law and French) Keele,
  • Diploma (French) Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France
  • LLB (Master of Laws) Cantab
  • Diploma EC Procedures, European Commission, Brussels.
  • PhD (Industrial Relations)  Keele

Teaching interests

Employment Relations; Employment Relations and Employment Law; Organisational Behaviour; Research Methods; Employee Resourcing. Comparative Industrial Relations. The sociology of Work. Public Sector Labour Management.

Research interests

Public sector Industrial Relations: Impact of New Public Management and Marketisation - UK, US, Europe, International developments and Policy transfer in emerging markets.

Theories and practices of IR & HRM in the private and public sectors - Equal opportunities policy and practice; forms of employee participation · Political Economy · Globalisation and Comparative/International HR. Employment Relations and Employment Law.

Current PhD supervisions

I am happy to supervise prospective students in any area of employment relations (ER). Particularly welcome are expressions of interest in any aspects of UK, European/International public sector Employment Relations, Management/Leadership or Public Administration.

For further information on my areas of research, please see my teaching and publications.

Current PhD supervisions include:

  • Abdullah Al Fahih ‘The Impact of Islam and traditional Arab institutions and values on employee attitudes: a comparative case study of an indigenous Saudi Arabian owned and managed corporation and a foreign multinational corporation.’ (Completed 2016)
  • Medhat Sulimany ‘The reality of worker turnover and retention in the Post-Saudization Era within Saudi Arabia: Six case studies from the Saudi health and retail sectors’ (due to complete 2017)
  • Alhammami, Naser 'The Changing Role of HRM in the university sector of Saudi Arabia: a study of staff commitment'. (2016-2020)
  • FeiFei FENG ‘The comparative study of changes in the labour management and labour process of doctors and nurses in hospitals in the UK and China’.

Corporate and community engagement

October 2015

Guest speaker: ‘The Trade Union Reform Bill: Attack on Civil Liberties, Public meeting organised by Unite the Union, Bromsgrove.

June 2015

Guest speaker on ‘Canguilhem and Kuhn: the normal and pathological in the living sciences’, to Paris XI.

May 2015

Guest presentation,  ‘The politics of public service reform 1880s-present’, to Buira History Group, University or Westminster

November 2014

  • Guest IR Expert on EUROFOUND Seminar ‘Mapping IR in Europe’, Brussels.
  • Guest Speaker on Governance and IR panel session, EUROFOUND Seminar ‘Mapping IR in Europe’.

Professional body membership and roles

  • BUIRA British Universities Industrial Relations Association, BSA British Sociological Association
  • ESA – European Sociological Association

External academic roles

External examiner positions

  • Greenwich University Business School (2008-2012)
  • Currently: University of Westminster
  • University of Huddersfield.

Visiting Lectureships

ERASMUS scholar, Paris XI

Editorial Positions

  • Editorial board Capital & Class
  • Editor, Behind the News section of Capital& Class
  • Editorial board Eurasian Journal of Business and Management


Policy and Politics; Human Relations, Public Management Review, Canadian Journal of Sociology; Capital and Class; Industrial Relations.

Advisory/Consultancy and Training

Oxford University Press: Member of Advisory Group on Organisational Behaviour Texts

Book reviewer for various publishers

Selected publications

Blog posts

'Against the Trade Union Reform Bill: Defending Public Services & Public Service Unions' blog post on the Institute of Employment Rights website 19 January 2016

For access to the below publications see Whyeda Gill-McLure's page on ResearchGate if direct link not provided.

Refereed Journal articles

Whyeda Gill-McLure (2014) ‘The politics of managerial reform in UK local government: a study of control, conflict and resistance 1880s to present’, Labor History 55:3,365-388 (3*) (at time of publication) DOI: 10.1080/0023656X.2014.913417

Gill-McLure, W. (2013) ‘The political economy of public sector trade union militancy under Keynesianism : the case of local government’, Capital and Class. (2*) (at time of publication)37(3) 417–436. This publication is also available on ResearchGate

Gill-McLure, W. and Seifert, R. (2008) ‘Degrading the Labourer: The Reform of Local Government Manual Work’, Capital and Class. (2*) (at time of publication) 01/2008; 32(1):1-30. DOI: 10.1177/030981680809400102

Gill-McLure,W. (2007) ‘Fighting Marketization: An Analysis of Manual Municipal Labour in the UK and the US’, Labour Studies Journal, Spring issue. 2*

Gill-McLure,W., Ironside,M. and Seifert, R. (2003) 'Consequences for the management of conflict of the reform of English local government finance and structure', Critical Perspectives in Accounting Journal, 13(5) – 3*

Research Monographs for REF 2020

Gill-McLure, W. (forthcoming 2016) Employment Relations and Public Sector Reform, Routledge:London.

Chapters in books

Gill-McLure, W. and Firth, J. (2015) ‘Managing People at Work: Leisure, Travel and Tourism Services’, in Robinson, P. (ed) Operations Management in the Travel Industry, CABI: Oxford.

Gill-McLure, W (forthcoming 2016) ‘Local Government Industrial Relations: a future under austerity?’ in Seifert, R (ed.) Resisting Reform: Public Sector Workers against the State, Policy Press: Bristol.

Guest editor of Special Issues

Gill-McLure, W. and Thornquist, C. (forthcoming 2016) ‘The Centenary of Whitleyism: an international survey of public service industrial relations 1917-present’, Labor History.

Refereed Conference papers

Gill-McLure,W. (2015) ‘The Local Government Employers’ Organisation 1991-Present’, BUIRA, De Montfort University, June 24-26th.

Gill-McLure,W. (2015) ‘Museums under Austerity and New public Management’, European Sociological Association, Prague, August.

Gill-McLure,W. (2014) ‘The political economy of public service labour : a case study of Performance Management and austerity in local authority museums’. Paper presented to EGOS conference Rotterdam, July 2014.

Gill-McLure,W. (2014) ‘Is Industrial Relations knowledge cumulative? Paper presented to the 2014 IREC conference, Dublin, Sep.10-12,