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About WERU

Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU)

WERU is situated within the business school at the University of Greenwich. WERU researchers conduct both basic and applied research.  We make theoretical contributions to social science based on the rigorous analysis of qualitative and quantitative datasets.  Also, we work with partners outside of academia to convert this knowledge into something useful to society.

Areas of Expertise

WERU’s areas of expertise cover a wide spectrum of employment-related topics, in the UK and internationally.  They include welfare-to-work policy, whistleblowing, trade union renewal, dispute resolution, labor courts, labor migration, pay systems, equality, income distribution, the public sector, privatization, leadership, small and medium-sized enterprises, urban regeneration, transnational industrial relations, and cross-cultural management.

Our research is funded by academic sources, such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Research Council, the Hans Boeckler Foundation, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.  Other work has been carried out in conjunction with partners outside of academia, such as the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service, the Department for Trade and Industry, the European Social Fund, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, the French Construction Ministry, the Low Pay Commission, the NHS Staff Council, the Public and Commercial Services Union, Public Concern at Work, South East of England Development Agency, and the Trades Union Congress.

We have published peer-reviewed research articles in leading international academic journals such as British Journal of Industrial Relations, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Economic and Industrial Democracy, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management Journal, Industrial Law Journal, Industrial Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, New Technology Work and Employment, Organization, Organization Studies, Public Choice, and Work, Employment and Society.  WERU has hosted the annual conferences of Industrial Relations in the European Community (2008) and the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (2011), as well as numerous seminars and one-day and two-day workshops.

Contact Us

Our official website is at Our email address is: We are also on twitter: @WERU_Greenwich


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