Professor Edmund Heery

Professor of Employment Relations
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Edmund Heery is Professor of Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School and currently is Associate Dean with responsibility for human resources. Edmund has been at Cardiff Business School since 1995 and before then worked at Kingston University, Imperial College, City University, the London School of Economics and North East London Polytechnic.

Originally from Liverpool, Edmund was educated at the University of Cambridge, Essex University and the London School of Economics.

Teaching profile

MBA core module in Human Resource Management, plus several doctoral candidates

Research interests

Edmund Heery is an expert in UK Industrial Relations and is best known for his work on trade unions. He has led projects on union organising, union responses to contingent work, the changing role of the TUC, the involvement of unions in Amnesty International, and union policy on equal pay.

More recently, Edmund has been involved in research on the role of civil society organisations in representing working people and has begun work on new forms of collective action by employers, looking in particular at Employer Forums that promote employer engagement with questions of equality and diversity at work.

Research projects

Edmund led, or is currently leading the following projects:

Survey of Trade Union

Duration: 1st December 2010 to 30th July 2011
Sponsored by Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Award type: Research

Edmund has contributed, or is currently contributing to the following projects:

Gaining collaborative advantages: The changing role of employers' organisations in the British economy

Duration: 20th June 2014 to 19th June 2017
Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Award type: Research, ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship

Women in ports

Duration: 1st January 2008 to 31st December 2008
Sponsored by International Transport Federation
Led by Professor Peter Turnbull with Professor Edmund Heery, Professor P Fairbrother (Cardiff School of Social Sciences)
Award type: Research

Related news stories

Friday 23rd May 2014

Edmund Heery has published a new paper, which examines the ways in which civil society organizations (CSOs), such as Stonewall, Age UK, Fawcett, MacMillan, Citizens Advice, and Carers UK, advance the interests of working people.

Thursday 6th March 2014

A book written and edited by Cardiff Business School academics has been reviewed by Brian Harney of Dublin City University Business School.


Additional activities

Edmund Heery has been an advisor to the UK’s central trade union organisation, the Trades Union Congress and has provided numerous reports and given numerous talks and seminars to UK trade union audiences. He has also undertaken research work for Amnesty International UK and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Edmund’s academic engagement includes membership of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He also serves on several editorial boards, including those of the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Industrial Relations, Labor Studies Journal, Economic and Labour Relations Review, and Work and Occupations.

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