Cardiff Business School People

Dr Victoria Wass

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Email:
wass@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 75714
Location:
S31, Aberconway Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
External link:
Victoria Wass – Labour Economics

I teach Evidence-based Management on the MBA and Executive MBA programmes.

My research interests span labour economics, sociology of work and HRM and include studies of disability at work and the organisation of work in the Police service. Engagement and impact include work as a forensic labour economist in loss of earnings claims (personal injury, clinical negligence and employment discrimination) and membership of the Ogden Working Party.

I provided the evidence and calculations for the COPD Handling Agreement between miners and Department for Trade and Industry 1997–1999 and I am currently providing evidence and calculations in the 'Blacklisting' claims in the construction sector. Together with actuaries from CASS Business School, I developed an alternative model for compensating loss of future earnings which includes the impact of disability on future employment prospects. This model and its associated estimates form the basis for the disability-adjusted multipliers in the Sixth and Seventh Editions of the Ogden Tables.

I have given evidence as an expert witness in the following trials on the indexation of care costs:

  • Thompstone v Tameside & Glossop Acute Health Services Trust [2006] EWHC 2904
  • Corbett v South Yorkshire SHA 28th March 2007
  • Sarwar v Ali and MIB [2007] EWHC 1255
  • RH v United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust [2007] EWHC 1441


Judges have said the following:

  • The evidence of Dr Wass went in to some detail. She is a labour economist from Cardiff Business School and was in my judgment a most compelling witness. She avoided partisan selection of material and gave straight answers even when they did not suit the claimant’s case. MacKay J in RH v United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust 2007 para 35
  • Much of the evidence about the various measures came from Dr Wass. Her evidence was well researched and her answers in oral evidence careful and considered. She was frank and open about the drawbacks of the various measures under discussion. I found her an impressive witness. Swift J Thompstone v Tameside & Glossop Acute Health Services Trust 2006 para 77

Winner Personal Injury Awards 2009 in Independent Expert Category


 

  • PhD (Econ) 1992 University of Wales, Cardiff
  • MSc (Econ) 1985 London School of Economics
  • BSc (Econ) 1984 University of Wales, Cardiff

 Grants

  • Blackaby D, Felstead A,  Jones, M. Makepeace, G, Murphy P (PI) and V Wass (2013) "The Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector: Inequality and Work Quality" Estimating public private sector differentials using an analysis of secondary data.  ESRC Research Award for 18 months starting November 2012. ES/K003283/1
  • Turnbull T and V Wass (PI) (2013) "Working Time and Wellbeing in the Police Service: Practical Steps to Monitor, Manage and Balance the Working Hours of the Inspecting Ranks" ESRC Knowledge Exchange for 12 months starting February 2013. ES/K005618/1
  • Davies, R. and V. Wass 2010-11 "An anatomy of economic inequality in Wales", Equality and Human Rights Commission.
  • Turnbull, P. and V. Wass 1992-1993 "Redundancy and re-employment in the docks", ESRC Research Award No. R000233784.
  • McNabb, R., V. Wass and R. Lewis 1998-1999 "A comparison of alternative methods for assessing the value of loss of earnings following personal injury" ESRC Research Award No. R000237393.
  • Wass, V. 2007-2008 "The pattern and stability of occupational pay 1979-2007" Leverhulme Research Fellowship Research Award No. 0268.

Current Projects

  1. Disability at work based on analyses of work place Employment Relations Survey 2011
  2. Organisation of work for Police Inspectors
  3. Earning anf employment in the construction sector 1975-2015

Victoria has led the following projects

Working time and wellbeing in the Police service: Practical steps to monitor, manage and balance the working hours/working lives of police inspectors

1 February 2013 to 31 January 2014

Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Led by Dr Victoria Wass with

Award type: ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunity

Victoria has contributed to the following projects

The labour market implications of change in the public sector: inequality and work quality

1 November 2012 to 29 April 2014

Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via Swansea University

Led by with Dr Victoria Wass, Professor A Felstead (Cardiff School of Social Sciences)

Award type: Research

PhD supervision research interests

  • Earnings determination
  • Earnings inequality
  • Gender pay gaps
  • Disability at work
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Policing

Public event addresses disability in the workplace

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Cardiff Business School hosts ESRC Cardiff Festival of Social Sciences event launching Disability Talking film, followed by panel discussion.

Professors Melanie Jones and Victoria Wass will lead the Disability Talking event, which forms part of the 2016 ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, at the Postgraduate Teaching Centre on Thursday 10th November 2016 at 6.00pm

Twenty One Academics Awarded CIPD Academic Membership

Twenty One Academics Awarded CIPD Academic Membership

Monday 13 August 2012

Academics at Cardiff Business School have been successful in a group assessment for a new type of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Memberships

CIPD Academic Fellow

British Academy of Management

British Sociological Association