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