Dr Huw Thomas

BSc, MSc, PhD

  • BS8 1SD

20162020

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Research interests

My research and writing is concerned with the impact of globalisation in general, and global production networks in particular, on the promotion, preservation and protection of decent work. Specificially, the ways in which these networks have reshaped employment relations. I have investigated this impact in a number of economic sectors, most notably the agri-food (tea and palm oil) and transport (maritime) sectors. 

I have undertaken research with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on several projects including road transport, civil aviation, food security and the plantations sector. My recent research has looked at the role and history of international organisations, such as the ILO in orchestrating labour governance and employment regulation.

I have also worked with the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). I am particularly interested in participatory forms of 'impactful' research with the labour movement. 

I lead the Faculty Research Group on Global Political Economy.

I am a co-editor for the online magazine Futures of Work published by Bristol University Press. 

PhD supervision

I am available for PhD supervision in international employment relations, labour governance and global production networks. 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Perspectives on Work
  • Global Political Economy
  • MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy
  • MGMT theme Work Futures
  • MGMT theme Global Political Economy

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Research Output

A ‘Decent Cuppa’: Worker Power and Consumer Power in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector

Thomas, H., 20 Aug 2019, In : British Journal of Industrial Relations. 25 p.

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    From horizontal to vertical labour governance: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and decent work in global supply chains

    Thomas, H. & Turnbull, P., 1 Apr 2018, In : Human Relations. 71, 4, p. 536-559 24 p.

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  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial activity

    Futures of Work (Journal)

    Frederick Harry Pitts (Editor), Huw Thomas (Editor) & Katie Bales (Editor)

    2018 → …

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