Professor Jo McBride
Phd, BSc Hons, FHEA, SEDA
Jo joined Durham University in June 2018 from Newcastle University Business School where she held the post of Senior Lecturer of Industrial Relations, Work and Employment for 5 years. Prior to that, Jo worked at Bradford University School of Management for 10 years holding various positions and before that was at Northumbria University. Her career in the field of Industrial Relations began with the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union through her early working years at Lloyds Bank PLC. From there, she went on to achieve a First Class Honours Degree in Human Organisations then conducted a Phd on the dynamics of the employment relationship in the Tyneside Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industry.
Jo has researched, taught, designed and led varying programmes and modules relating to industrial relations and the sociology of work. She takes a critical approach to studying the world of work and the reality of working lives. A major focus has been on themes such as collectivism in its different forms, social perceptions of the value of jobs and the causes and consequences of low paid work and multiple employment – The Forgotten Workers This latter topic is still the main focus of her research and she has written a report with a colleague for policy makers, trade unions and employers https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/research/research-centres/forgotten-workers/ There are several projects that have developed out of this report and Jo is currently working with various organisations in the North East focusing on The Good Work Plan/Great Jobs Agenda focusing on Flexible Work Policies and Underemployment. The Forgotten Workers project has gained much positive support and Jo and her colleague have presented their findings at various outlets including Portcullis House, the National TUC, various trade union events , various Local Government events and the Durham Miners Gala. She has disseminated her findings at many public events sharing platforms with for example, Yvette Cooper MP and Sir Ken Loach.
Jo has also used her knowledge and experience proactively in the world of work being a member of the Employee Relations Institute Executive Board joining HR Directors of large multinational organisations, General Secretaries of Trade Unions and Peers of the House of Lords. She has also been invited to be an Expert Discussant for varying ‘end of large projects’ including more recently the final colloquium of an EU funded project Changing Employment Final Colloquium: Policy/Social Impact of changing employment held at Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
She was President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) from 2016-2019. BUIRA- is one of the largest academic associations in the United Kingdom aimed at promoting the study of employment relations across relevant academic disciplines.
- Industrial Relations
- Sociology of Work
- Research Group COS
- Organisations and Society
- Smith, A. & McBride, J. (2019). Accessing ‘Hard to Reach Groups’ and Emotions in the Research Process: ‘Work an Honest Day and Get the Usual Raw Deal’. In Handbook of Research Methods on the Quality of Working Lives. Wheatley, D. Edward Elgar. 95-108.
- McBride, J. & Martinez Lucio, M. (2021). Beyond Work Intensification: the contradictions and ironies of the changing nature of ‘unskilled’ work in a context of austerity and organisational change.. Capital and Class 45(1): 145-164.
- Smith, A. & McBride, J. (2021). ‘Working to live, not living to work’ Low-paid multiple employment and work-life articulation. Work, Employment and Society 35(2): 256-276.
- McBride, J. & Smith, A. (2021). ‘I feel like I’m in poverty. I don’t do much outside of work other than survive’ In-work poverty and multiple employment in the UK. Economic and Industrial Democracy
- McBride, J., Smith, A. & Mbala, M. (2018). ‘You End Up with Nothing’ The Experience of Being a Statistic of ‘In-Work Poverty’ in the UK.. Work, Employment and Society 32(1): 210-218.
- McBride, Jo & Martínez Lucio, Miguel (2016). Disaggregating and reaggregating work: Workers, management and the struggle over creating coherency and purpose in a context of work degradation. Human Resource Management Journal 26(4): 490-504.
- McBride, Jo & Stirling, John (2014). Green shoots from the grass roots? The National Shop Stewards Network. New Technology, Work and Employment 29(1): 25-39.
- McBride, Jo, Stirling, John & Winter, Shirley (2013). ‘Because we were living it’ the hidden work of a strike. Work, Employment and Society 27(2): 244-253.
- Perrett, R., Martínez Lucio, M., McBride, J. & Craig, S. (2012). Trade Union learning strategies and immigrant workers: Policies and practice in a neo-liberal environment. Urban Studies 49(3): 649-667.
- McBride, J. & Martínez Lucio, M. (2011). Dimensions of Collectivism: Occupation, community, and the increasing role of memory and personal dynamics in the debate. . Work, Employment and Society 25(4): 794-805.
- McBride, Jo (2011). Can sectionalism be good for solidarity? Some evidence from the maritime construction industry on Tyneside.. Economic and Industrial Democracy 32(2): 285-306.
- McBride, J. (2008). The limits of high performance work systems in unionised craft-based work settings.. New Technology, Work and Employment 23(3): 583-591.
- McBride, J. (2006). Mapping worker collectivism: some evidence from River Tyne industries in the North East of England. Work, Employment and Society 20(3): 583-591.
- McBride, Jo (2004). Renewal or resilience? Capital & Class 28(1): 115.
- McBride, Jo & Stirling, John (2002). Partnership and process in the maritime construction industry. Employee Relations 24(3): 290.