Scott Tindal

Dr Scott Tindal MA (hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour

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Dr Scott Tindal

Senior Lecturer in Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour


Dr Scott Tindal joined the University of Greenwich in January 2019. He is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour. He is interested in the sociology of work and organisations, and holds a PhD in Sociology (Edin).

Scott is a member of the Centre for Research on Employment & Work (CREW), hosted at the University of Greenwich. He is currently researching how Covid-19 is (re-)shaping experiences and practices of work within the retail sector. This work is supported by CREW, the British Academy of Management/Leverhulme and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Scott teaches research methods (qualitative and quantitative) and other modules related to organisational change and work, including in the public sector. He supervises dissertations from Undergraduate to PhD levels.

Between 2016 and 2018, Scott was a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh were he worked as part of the Future Reserves Research Programme (FRRP). He worked on the ‘negotiating civilian and military lives: reserves, families and work’ research project. This was a mixed-methods study examining how military reservists and their families experience the intersecting life domains of military service, civilian work, and family life.

Prior to this appointment, Scott worked as a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews (2013-2014) as part of the Centre for Population Change (CPC) where he worked on several projects examining the perceptions, patterns, and drivers of student and labour migration to and within Scotland, and its intersections with constitutional and labour market changes.

Recognition

Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research / Scholarly interests

Substantively, Dr Scott Tindal is interested in the sociology of organisations and work. He is specifically interested in Covid-19 and changing work; migration and work; education and work; family life and work.

Methodologically, Scott has experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and conducting primarily and secondary analysis in each. He has experience of conducting social network analyses.

Scott is currently researching how Covid-19 is reshaping experiences and practice of work within the research sector. This research is funded by the Centre for Research on Employment & Work (CREW), British Academy/Leverhulme, and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Scott is also continuing to publish on the experience of work by military reservists.

His completed research on migration and constitutional change in Scotland had made considerable non-academic impact. It was conducted as part of a wider programme of work commissioned by the ESRC to examine the issues around the establishment of a new Scottish state, or further devolution of powers within the United Kingdom.

Key funded projects

Covid-19 and changing fashion retail work (2021-2022)Funded by the Trade Union Congress (TUC)

Covid-19 has intensified pre-existing trends in the growth of e-commerce, online shopping and fast fashion, resulting in serious challenge for high street fashion retail shops. Thousands of jobs have been lost in fashion retail with the collapse of companies such as Debenhams, and takeovers of others by online fashion brands such as Boohoo and Asos. This loss of jobs in high street stores has been mirrored with an increase in warehouse and ‘self-employed’ delivery driver work.

This research is a mixed methods project; examining ONS Labour Force Survey data couple with one-on-one interviews with staff in retail stores, warehouses, and delivery drivers to examine the macro and micro experiences of changing work within the fashion retail sector.

Covid-19 and supermarket retail work (2020-2021)

Funded by the Centre for Research on Employment & Work and the British Academy of Management/Leverhulme.

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the UK Government named food retail employees as ‘key workers’ who work was ‘critical’ in dealing with the crisis. This research examines the experiences of work and employment relations of UK supermarket frontline workers during the initial Covid-19 crisis, and beyond. This research is a qualitative project, based on one-to-one interviews with supermarket workers, and those with supervisory roles (including store managers).

Future reserves research programme (2016-2019)

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council

The UK Armed Forces have experienced significant organisational change in recent years. One of the key pillars of this organisational reforms is an increase in the number of, and reliance on, reservists. This brings a range of challenges and opportunities for individual reservists, their civilian employers, and their families. Understanding the everyday experiences of reservists as they pursue their military service is crucial so that the armed forces can maximise their defence capacity by better supporting reservists, their families, and civilian employers.

This was a large mixed-methods study. The quantitative element was based on secondary data analysis of existing MoD datasets and a large online survey of currently-serving reservists. The qualitative element was based on longitudinal interviews with reservists, conducted multiple times over several years.

Recent publications

Cai, M, Tartanoglu Bennett, S., Tindal, S. and Stroleny, A. (2021) Liminal experience of work between essential and replaceable, mundane and extreme on the UK supermarket frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work, Employment & Society. Submitted.

Cai, M., Tindal, S. and Tartanoglu Bennett, S. (2020) ‘It’s like a warzone’: Jay’s liminal experience of normal and extreme work in a UK supermarket during the Coronavirus Outbreak. (One the Frontline series). Work, Employment & Society. Early access.

Tindal, S. (2019) Why do social scientist organise knowledge exchange events? A qualitative interview study. Evidence & Policy 16 (4): 541-558.

Findlay, A, Packwood, H., McCollum, D., Nightingale, G. and Tindal, S. (2018) Fees, flows and imaginaries: exploring the destination choices arising from intra-national student mobility. Globalisation, Societies and Education 16 (2): 162-175.

McCollum, D., Tindal, S., Findlay, A.M. (2016) The political economy of immigration policy. The example of Scotland. Scottish Affairs 25 (4): 506-529.

Tindal, S., Packwood, H., Findlay, A., Leahy, S., McCollum, D. (2015) In what sense ‘distinctive’? The search for distinction amongst cross-border student migrants in the UK. Geoforum 64: 90-99.

McCollum, D., Nowok, B., Tindal, S. (2014) Public attitudes towards migration in Scotland: exceptionality and possible policy implications. Scottish Affairs 23 (1): 79-102.

Presentations

Future Reserves Research Programme Conference (June, 2018). Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall, London.   Assisted in the production of the presentation: 'Negotiating civilian and military lives.'

Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society, biennial conference (Nov., 2017) Washington DC, United States of America.  Prepared and presented the paper 'Best of both worlds? Articulating the skills of the citizen soldier.' This paper is in the process of being written up for the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

British Sociological Association annual conference (April, 2017). Manchester, United Kingdom Assisted in the production of 'Negotiating Civilian and Military Lives: family, work and reservist duty.' This paper is in the process of being written up for Sociology