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Dr Hazel Conley

Reader in International Human Resource Management

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8413
Location: Mile End, Bancroft Building, Room 4.25c


Office Hours: Thursday 12:00 -14:00pm


Hazel Conley is Reader in Human Resource Management.  Her research focuses on equality and diversity issues in employment.  Hazel worked as a post-doctoral researcher and then lecturer at Cardiff Business School followed by a senior lectureship ay Bristol Business School. Her recent research examines the gender pay gap in a European context and equality bargaining in the UK Rail Sector. Hazel has an interest in equality legislation, conducting research on the implementation of the ‘Gender Duty’ in local authorities. Her research has been published in leading journals (Work, Employment and Society, Public Administration, Gender, Work and Organization, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Capital and Class). She has extensive experience of teaching and supervising international post-graduate students and has an interest in Chinese culture and the development of HRM. Dr Conley is currently on the editorial board of Work Employment and Society, associate editor for Gender Work and Organisations, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion .


Research interests:

Grants, contracts, awards and external publications: 

  • EU Progress funds action grant JUST/2013/PROG/AG/GE [Support for Civil society and other stakeholders aiming at promoting equality between men and women] on the Gender Pay Gap (GPG). The project is a three country study led from the University of Verona and involves Italy, the UK (Conley, PI) and Poland. 321,085 EUR
  • Developing a Framework for Equality Bargaining in the Rail Sector (with Professor Sian Moore, Dr. UWE and Tessa Wright, Queen Mary University of London). Funded by the British Academy £7152 July 2013 – November 2014
  • School of Business and Management Environmental Fund Award to host 2014 interim conference of Research Network 14 (Gender, the Labour Market and the Welfare State) of the European Sociological Association. £3,600
  • Promoting Equality and Diversity Through Economic Crisis (With Professor Kate Malleson, Professor Lizzie Barmes, Professor Geraldine Healy, Dr. A James).  Funded by the AHRC £26,000
    Implementation of the Gender Equality Duty in Public Authorities (with Dr. Margaret Page, UWE).  Funded by British Academy £7.000.


Journal Articles:

  • Conley, H (2014) “Trade unions, equal pay and the law in the UK”, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 35(2): 309-323
  • Conley, H. (2013) 'Trade Unions, Equal Pay and the Law' Economic and Industrial Democracy Published on-line 10th April 2013
  • Conley, H. (2012) ‘Using Equality to Challenge Austerity: New Actors, Old Problems’ Work, Employment and Society
  • Conley, H. (2012) 'Economic Crisis, Austerity and Gender Equality: The UK Case' European Gender Equality Law Review 2(12) pp 14-19
  • Conley, H. and Jenkins, S. (2011) ‘Still a Good Job for a Woman? Women Teachers Experience of Modernization in England and Wales’ Gender, Work and Organization Vol. 18 (5) pp 488-507
  • Moore, S., Wright, T. and Conley, H. (2011) ‘Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace on Multiple Grounds: The Experience of Trade Union Equality Representatives’ Industrial Law Journal Vol. 40 (4) pp 460-465
  • Conley, H. And Page, M. (2010) ‘The Gender Equality Duty in Local Government: The Prospects for Integration’ Industrial Law Journal Vol. 39 (3) pp 321-325
  • Conley, H.  and  Stewart, P. (2008) ‘Representing fixed-term workers: the anatomy of a trade union campaign’ Employee Relations Vol. 30 (5) pp 515-533
  • Conley, H. (2008) ‘The nightmare of temporary work: a comment on Fevre’ Work, Employment and Society Vol. 22:4 pp. 731-736
  • S. Jenkins, H. Conley, (2007) Living with the Contradictions of Modernization? Emotional Management in the Teaching Profession, Public Administration, 85(4): 979-1001
  • H. Conley, (2006) Modernisation or Casualisation? Numerical Flexibility in the Public Services, Capital and Class, 89 Summer: 31-57
  • E. Heery, H. Conley, R. Delbridge, P. Stewart, (2005) Beyond the Enterprise: Trade Union Representation of Freelances in the UK, Human Resource Management Journal, 14(2): 20-35, ISSN: 0954-5395
  • H. Conley, (2005) Front-Line or All Fronts? Women's Trade Union Activism in Retail Services, Gender, Work and Organization, 12(5): 479-496
  • H. Conley, (2003) Temporary Work in the Public Services: Implications for Equal Opportunities, Gender, Work and Organization 10(4): 455-477, ISSN: 0968-6673
  • H. Conley, (2002) A State of Insecurity: Temporary Work in the Public Services, Work, Employment and Society 16(4): 725-737, ISSN: 0950-0170

Books & Chapters: 

  • Conley, H. and Page, M. (Forthcoming November 2014) Gender Equality in Public Services: Chasing The Dream Routledge Pre-order here.
  • Durbin, S. and Conley, H. (2010) ‘Gender, Labour Process Theory and Intersectionality: Une Liason Dangereuse’? in Thompson, P. and Smith, C. (eds.) Working Life. Renewing Labour Process Analysis Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Conley, H. (2010) ‘Flexibility and Equality: Friend or Foe?’ in Healy, G., Kirton G. and Noon, M. (eds.) Equality, inequalities and diversity – contemporary challenges and strategies Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Conley H. (2011) ‘The Road to Equality: Legislating for Change?’ in Wright, T. and Conley, H. (eds.) Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work Surrey: Gower
  • Wright, T. and Conley, H. (eds.) (2011) Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work Surrey: Gower
  • H. Conley, In P. Stewart (ed.), (2004) What About the Workers? Bringing the Experience of Job Insecurity into the Flexibility Debate, Organisational Change and the Future of Work, London: Palgrave
  • E. Heery, H. Conley, R. Delbridge, M. Simms, P. Stewart, In G. Healy, E. Heery, P. Taylor and W. Brown (eds.), (2004) Trade Union Responses to Non-Standard Work, The Future of Worker Representation, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • E. Heery, H. Conley, R. Delbridge, P. Stewart, In M. Stewart and M. Martinez Lucio (eds.), (2004) Seeking Partnership for the Contingent Workforce, Assessing Partnership: The Prospects for and Challenges of Modernization in Employment Relations, London: Routledge

Other Publications:

  • H. Conley, (2007) Equality and Inequality in Work and Employment, Editorial Equal Opportunities International: BUIRA Special Issue
  • H. Conley, A. Freeman, A. McCulloch, P. Stewart, (2001) Celebrating 25 Years of Independent Marxist Theory,
    Capital and Class: Iss. 75

PhD Supervision

Current Doctoral Students

1st Supervisor - Yao Wang (PT), Nadia Ahmad (PT)
2nd Supervisor - Samuel Asante-Nnuro (PT)

PhD Supervision Completions

2nd Supervisor, Dr Barbara Samaluk, 2013,
“Commodification of migrant workers from post-socialist Europe on the UK labour market” now Lecturer at Greenwich University

Public engagement

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