Professor Jonathan Payne

Job: Professor in Work, Employment and Skills

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Research group(s): Contemporary Work and Employment Relations

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7236

E: jpayne@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

 

Personal profile

Jonathan Payne is Professor of Work, Employment and Skills. His main research interests include the political economy of skill, workplace innovation and job design, UK skills policy, low wage work and job quality.

He has published extensively in these areas and is a co-author of 'Skills in the Age of Over-Qualification: Comparing Service Sector Work in Europe' (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Prior to working in higher education, Jonathan was a teacher in mainstream secondary schools. He has extensive teaching experience and is currently module leader for the second-year undergraduate module, ‘Human Resource Management in the Workplace’, and for the postgraduate MA/PGDip module in ‘Employee Resourcing’.

He is a member of the editorial board of the 'British Journal of the Sociology of Education' and an associate member of the research network on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), for whom he was a lead researcher between 1998 and 2012.

He has advised policy makers on skills utilisation, lifelong learning and workplace innovation in Scotland, England, Finland and Norway.

He is currently working on three research projects:

1. A comparative study of the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on jobs, skills and job quality in the UK and Norway: case studies of food processing and hospitals (with Caroline Lloyd, Cardiff University)

2. Music and service work (with Marek Korczynski and Rob Cluley, Nottingham University Business School)

3. Devolution, local skills strategies and inclusive growth in England under austerity

Research group affiliations

People, Organisations and Work Institute (POWI) Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

The political economy of skill

Skills policy

Workplace innovation

Job quality

Low wage work

Areas of teaching

Human Resource Management in the Workplace (undergraduate)

Employee Resourcing (postgraduate)

Comparative political economy / international HRM

Dissertation supervision

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Politics (University of York) 1987

MA (econ) Political Theory (University of Manchester) 1989

PGCE (University of East Anglia) 1991

Courses taught

HRM in the Workplace (2nd year UG module); Employee Resourcing module (MA/PGDip)

Membership of professional associations and societies

HEA Associate Fellow (2016)

Projects

Jonathan's current research projects are:

1. A comparative study of the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on jobs, skills and job quality in the UK and Norway: case studies of food processing and hospitals (with Caroline Lloyd, Cardiff University)

2. Music and service work (with Marek Korczynski and Rob Cluley, Nottingham University Business School)

3. Devolution, local skills strategies and inclusive growth in England under austerity

Consultancy work

  • Provided feedback to the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research on apprenticeships in Norway and the UK (1999 and 2002).
  • Feedback on the Finnish Workplace Development Programme used to inform discussions within the Finnish Ministry of Labour (2003).
  • Unpublished report on Recognition of Non-Formal and Informal Learning in Norway used as a basis for an overarching OECD report on RNIFL.
  • Discussions with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the 2009 skills strategy, Skills for Growth.
  • Advice to key Scottish policy makers/stakeholders on skills utilisation policy in Scotland through the running of a high-level ministerial policy seminar (2011),
  • Advice to the Scottish Funding Council and the Skills Committee on the future development of its programme of skills utilisation projects (2011).

Current research students

Mara Stanculescu, PhD student, Migrant Transitions (1st supervisor)

John Kimberley, PhD student, Edward Cadbury, (1st supervisor)

Externally funded research grants information

'Days of Future Past? The impact of robots on work in the UK and Norway', British Academy small grant, 2017-2019, co-investigator with Caroline Lloyd (Cardiff University), award: £9,640.

Professional esteem indicators

Editorial board member of the British Journal of the Sociology of Education since 2000.

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