Dr Deborah Foster

Senior Lecturer in HRM
Chair of the Research Ethics Committee
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  • Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, Oxford Polytechnic
  • PhD, Industrial Sociology, University of Bath
  • BA (Hons) Sociology, Lancaster University

Teaching profile

  • MSc Employment Relations
  • Module co-ordinator for the MBA Management of Change elective

Additional teaching activities

I annually supervise students on the MSc HRM and the MBA. I am also an experienced supervisor at PhD level and welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students who are interested in conducting postgraduate research in the following areas:

  • Equality & diversity in the workplace (particularly gender, disability and work-family conflict)
  • Public services, trade unionism and industrial relations
  • Work and employment in Europe & Asia
  • Managing Change in Organisations

Research interests

  • Equality & diversity in the workplace (particularly disability and gender)
  • Management of Change
  • Policies of privatisation and marketisation and their impact on employment relations
  • Public service trade unionism in the UK and Europe
  • Women employees in China & Taiwan

Research projects

2004-2006 – ESRC small grant - Award Reference Number: RES-000-22-0722 for a project entitled "Gender, Disability and Representation in the workplace" (Dr. D. Foster – principal applicant). Examined employee experiences of negotiating workplace adjustments and the representation they received during this process.

1997 - a grant for £120,000 (over 3 years) was received from Non-Formula Funding (NFF) sources (awarded to UWE by HEFCE). The money was awarded to the project entitled: 'A comparative Study of the Implications of the European Monetary Union on Public Services and Public Service Trade Unionism'.

1995-1996 - small grant for research with Prof. Paul Hoggett (UWE, Bristol) to investigate 'quality initiatives' in the re-structured Social Security Benefits Agency. Grant of £4,000 awarded by the Severnside District Benefits Agency, Bristol.

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Editorial work

  • 2013 Elected to Associate Editorial Board of Work, Employment & Society
  • 1997-2000 Editor of ‘Notes and Issues’ for the journal 'Work, Employment & Society'
  • Foster, D and Scott, P (eds.) (2003) ‘Trade Unions in Europe: Meeting the Challenge.
  • Braddon, D and Foster, D. (eds.) (1996) Privatisation: Social Science Themes and Perspectives.


  • Member of the British Sociological Association since 1985
  • Member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

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