Dr Laura William BSc, Msc, PG Cert HE, PhD, FHEA

Associate Professor of Employment Relations and Equality, Director of Diversity Interest Group, Co-Director of Centre for Research in Employment and Work

Key details

Dr Laura William

Dr Laura William

Associate Professor of Employment Relations and Equality, Director of Diversity Interest Group, Co-Director of Centre for Research in Employment and Work


Dr William was promoted to Associate Professor of Employment Relations and Equality in 2020. She joined the University of Greenwich in January 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. Previously Dr William worked at Kingston University where she started working after completing her ESRC funded PhD at Cardiff University.

Dr William's role at the University of Greenwich spans research, teaching and leadership. In 2017, Dr William founded the Diversity Interest Group, a pan university research group that focuses on equality and diversity. She now leads this group alongside being a Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Employment and Work. Her research focuses on equality and diversity and employee relations. Dr William has a particular interest in how legislation is operationalised in Employment Tribunals and the workplace.

Dr William's research has been published in high quality journals such as European Journal of Industrial Relations, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Industrial Relations Journal, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal and book chapters.

Dr William is frequently asked to speak at conferences such as the International Labour Process Conference, British Universities Industrial Relations Association and community events such as PCS national conference and Lewisham Council equality events.

Dr William has held grants from the European Commission and the British Academy. Her current research projects include:

1. THE PI-ET Cocktail: Whistleblowing and Disability at the Employment Tribunal - funded by the British Academy

2. A quantative analysis of Employment tribunals and disabled claimants.

Dr William's uses her research to respond to Government consultations on disability and the law. Her work has been cited in the recent Law Commission report providing recommendations to Government.

As an executive board member for the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, Dr William has developed the Code of Practice and contributes to the running of BUIRA.

As recognition of her expertise in the field, Dr William reviews for Human Relations, and International Journal of HRM.

Dr William leads the MA HRM module in Equality and Diversity Management and supervises CIPD dissertations at UG and PG level.  She has several PhD students who are researching equality. Dr William also has experience of program leadership leading BA Business Management, the largest UG program at Kingston University. Her expertise in teaching has been recognized by the Higher Education Academy of which she is a Fellow.

Responsibilities within the university

    • Module leader for Equality and Diversity Management (Level 7)
    • MPhil/PhD supervision
    • UCU Casework Co-ordinator
    • Founder and leader of the pan University Diversity Interest Group
    • Contributes to equality and diversity strategy at faculty level.

Awards

  • 2018-2021 - £10,000 British Academy: PI-ET Cocktail: Whistleblowing and Disability at the Employment Tribunal with Dr Wim Vandekerckhove.
  • 2017 – Highly Commended Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2016 – 2019: 60,000 Euros from the European Commission for a pan European project on "Bargaining for productivity: an international comparative study of how productivity is manifested on the collective bargaining agenda". With Dr Graham Symon (PI), Dr Ulke Veersma, Dr Bethania Mendes De Brito Antunes and Dr Laura William.
  • 2015 – 2016: £6,000 Small Research Grant from the University of Greenwich to investigate the role of Civil Society Organisations in supporting disabled workers
  • 2014: Nominated for Teacher of the Year Award at Kingston University.
  • 2009: Finalist: Britain's Got Brains Competition, Institute for Public Policy Research, competition for the best doctoral research.
  • 2006-2013 – ESRC Sponsored PHD

Recognition

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Executive Board Member British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)
  • Reviewer for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal and International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Relations.

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Emancipatory research
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Implementation of equality legislation
  • Employment relations
  • Legal context of work
  • Equality bargaining in the UK and EU context
  • Processes for securing workplace equality for disabled workers
  • Implementation of reasonable adjustments for disabled people

Key funded projects

  • 2018-2021: William, L and Vandekerckhove, W. 'PI-ET Cocktail: Whistleblowing and Disability'. BA/Leverhulme, Small Research Grants £10,000.
  • 2016: Dr Graham Symon, Dr Laura William, Dr Ulke Veersma, Dr Bethania Antunes "Bargaining for productivity: an international comparative study of how productivity is manifested on the collective bargaining agenda". European Commission 60,000 Euros

Recent publications

Article

William, Laura , Pauksztat, Birgit, Corby, Susan (2019), Justice obtained? How disabled claimants fare at employment tribunals. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Industrial Relations Journal, 50 (4) . pp. 314-330 ISSN: 0019-8692 (Print), 1468-2338 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12260) NB Item availability restricted.

Stockdale, Emma , William, Laura, Arevshatian, Lilith (2018), "Do I fit in?" Signals on corporate websites. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, Human Resource Management International Digest, 26 (7) . pp. 7-11 ISSN: 0967-0734 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-08-2018-0159).

William, Laura and , Cunningham, Ian (2018), Evaluating the role of trade unions and civil society organisations in supporting graduate educated disabled workers. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Economic and Industrial Democracy ISSN: 0143-831X (Print), 2072-6643 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X18799899).

Corby, Susan , William, Laura, Richard, Sarah (2018), Combatting disability discrimination: a comparison of France and Great Britain. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 25 (1) . pp. 41-56 ISSN: 0959-6801 (Print), 1461-7129 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959680118759169).

William, Laura C. and , (2016), The implementation of equality legislation: the case of disabled graduates and reasonable adjustments. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Industrial Relations Journal, 47 (4) . pp. 341-359 ISSN: 0019-8692 (Print), 1468-2338 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irj.12143).

Conference item

William, Laura and , (2016), Exploring the role of civil society organisations in supporting disabled people in employment. In: International Labour Process Conference, 4-6 April 2016, Berlin, Germany , . , (doi: http://www.ilpc.org.uk/Portals/56/ilpc2016-docs/ilpc2016-ConferenceProgram01.pdf).

Arevshatian, Lilith and , William, Laura (2015), How do healthcare ‘customer service’ employees construct meaning in their job?. In: WORK 2015: International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work, 19-21 August 2015, Turku, Finland , . , (doi: http://www.utu.fi/en/units/tcls/sites/work2015/Documents/WORK_Abstract%20book_WEB.pdf).

Conference proceedings

William, Laura and , Arevshatain, Lilith (2015), Models of disability in practice: Accounting for the experiences of disabled employees in the workplace.. ILPC. In: ILPC 2015, 33rd Annual International Labour Process Conference, 13-15 April 2015, Athens , ILPC 2015 Paper. ILPC, (doi: https://www.ilpc.org.uk/Previous-Conferences/View-Abstract/aid/1605).

Monograph

William, Laura and , (2017), Workplace Adjustments in a Changing Environment: Managers' Perceptions. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, NA (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Veersma, Uilke , William, Laura, Antunes, Bethania, Symon, Graham (2017), Bargaining for Productivity: National Report UK. European Commission. In: , , , . European Commission, Bargaining for Productivity (doi: ).

Tomassetti, P. , William, L., Veersma, U. (2017), Bargaining for Productivity: Comparative Report. ADAPT Italy. In: , , , . ADAPT Italy, (doi: http://adapt.it/bargainingforproductivity/).