Professor Sian Moore PhD (University of Essex)

Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management

Key details

Sian Moore

Professor Sian Moore

Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management

Sian joined the University of Greenwich as Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management and Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU) in September 2015. She was previously Professor of Work and Employment Relations and Co-Director of the Centre for Employment Studies Research (CESR) at the University of the West of England. She was a Principle Research Fellow at the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC), University of Leeds, and prior to that a Reader at the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) at London Metropolitan University. Sian worked on the Leverhulme Future of Unions Programme at the London School of Economics and before that spent five years at the Labour Research Department. Previously she worked in local government and was a trade union activist in NALGO.
She studied for her PhD at Essex University; her thesis was on gender and class consciousness in industrialisation – a study of the Bradford Worsted industry 1780-1845 and she retains an interest in labour and women's history and her work continues to focus upon gender and class.
Sian has published four books including 'New Trade Union activists – class consciousness or social identity?' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and 'Statutory regulation and employment relations' with Sonia McKay and Sarah Veale (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), documenting the operation of the statutory trade union recognition procedure over ten years. More recently she has focussed upon homecare work and delivery drivers in the context of non-standard work. She was commissioned by the Low Pay Commission to undertake research firstly on the pay and hours of homecare workers and secondly on non-standard contracts and the National Living Wage. She has completed a large EU project on Gender Pay Gap in public services in the European Union and for the Scottish Government on the revaluation of women’s work. She was part of a team commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to examine the impact of Covid-19 on low paid workers in health and social care. She is co-Editor in Chief of a new journal Work in the Global Economy published by Bristol University Press.

Responsibilities within the university

Director, Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) and Co-Director, Centre for Research on Employment and Work (CREW)


Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

2020-present    Co-Editor in Chief, Work in the Global Economy

2017-present    Editorial Board member Industrial Relations Journal

2011-2015        Deputy Chair and member Editorial Board Work, Employment and Society

2005 to 2010    Executive member British Universities Industrial Relations Association

Research / Scholarly interests

Sian’s research focusses upon gender and class and their inter-relationship in the labour market, workplace and in representation and organisation. Her research has also explored class and gender subjectivities and consciousness, alongside trade union activism and organisation.

Key funded projects

Sian is currently working on a UKRI ESRC project on the role of workplace health and safety reps in Covid-19.

This research identifies the role that health and safety representatives have played during COVID-19, lessons learned and best practice for future waves or pandemics. It examines organisational and sectoral mechanisms and processes for worker voice and representation and effective social dialogue and joint regulation on health and safety. It explores the potentially key part health and safety representatives are playing in the return to work and productivity.  They are not only essential to independent risk assessment and the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), but also the organisation of work and workplace ergonomics, including the challenges of continued home working. They are central to the protection of mental health, ensuring that health and safety measures cover all groups of workers and to the confidence of workers in their organisation’s capacity to keep them safe.

Drawing upon case-studies in eight key sectors, the project, supported by the HSE and a range of trade unions, aims to explore the balance between productivity, public health and worker health and safety during pandemics, with a focus upon exemplary and future practice.

Recent publications


Moore, Sian and , Taylor, Phil (2020), Class reimagined? Intersectionality and industrial action – the British Airways dispute of 2009–2011. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Sociology, 55 (3) . pp. 582-599 ISSN: 0038-0385 (Print), 1469-8684 (Online) (doi:

Moore, Sian , Onaran, Özlem, Guschanski, Alexander, Antunes, Bethania , Symon, Graham (2019), The resilience of collective bargaining – a renewed logic for joint regulation?. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, Employee Relations, 41 (2) . pp. 279-295 ISSN: 0142-5455 (Print), (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Heyes, Jason , Moore, Sian, Newsome, Kirsty, Tomlinson, Mark (2018), Living with uncertain work. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Industrial Relations Journal, 49 (5-6) . pp. 420-437 ISSN: 0019-8692 (Print), 1468-2338 (Online) (doi:

Moore, Sian , Tailby, Stephanie, Antunes, Bethania, Newsome, Kirsty (2018), ‘Fits and fancies’: the Taylor Review, the construction of preference and labour market segmentation. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Industrial Relations Journal, 49 (5-6) . pp. 403-419 ISSN: 0019-8692 (Print), 1468-2338 (Online) (doi:

Moore, Sian and , Newsome, Kirsty (2018), Paying for free delivery: dependent self-employment as a measure of precarity in parcel delivery. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Work, Employment & Society, 32 (3) . pp. 475-492 ISSN: 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi: ).

Hudson, Lynne , Moore, Sian, Tainsh, Kate, Taylor, Phil , Wright, Tessa (2017), ‘The only way is Essex’: Gender, union and mobilisation among fire service control room staff. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Work, Employment and Society, 33 (1) . pp. 162-173 ISSN: 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi:

Moore, Sian and , Hayes, L. J. B. (2017), Taking worker productivity to a new level? Electronic monitoring in homecare – the (re)production of unpaid labour. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, New Technology, Work and Employment, 32 (2) . pp. 101-114 ISSN: 0268-1072 (Print), 1468-005X (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Hayes, L.J.B. and , Moore, Sian (2016), Care in a time of austerity: the electronic monitoring of homecare workers' time. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Gender, Work and Organization, 24 (4) . pp. 329-344 ISSN: 0968-6673 (Print), 1468-0432 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Moore, Sian and , Taylor, Phil (2016), ‘We planned a dispute by Blackberry’: The implications of the Trade Union Bill for Union use of social media as suggested by the BA-BASSA dispute of 2009–11. Oxford University Press. In: , , , . Oxford University Press, Industrial Law Journal, 45 (2) . pp. 251-256 ISSN: 0305-9332 (Print), 1464-3669 (Online) (doi:

Moore, Sian and , Tailby, Stephanie (2015), The changing face of employment relations: equality and diversity. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, Employee Relations, 37 (6) . pp. 705-719 ISSN: 0142-5455 (Print), (doi:

Taylor, P. and , Moore, S. (2014), Cabin crew collectivism: labour process and the roots of mobilization. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Work, Employment & Society, 29 (1) . pp. 79-98 ISSN: 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi:


Moore, Sian , Wright, Tessa, Taylor, Philip (2018), Fighting Fire: One Hundred Years of the Fire Brigades Union. New Internationalist. In: , , , . New Internationalist, . ISBN: 9781780264929 (doi: ).

Book section

Newsome, Kirsty , Moore, Sian, Ross, Cilla (2018), ‘Supply chain capitalism’: exploring job quality for delivery workers in the UK. Routledge. In: , , In: Tommy Isidorsson, Julia Kubisa (eds.), Job Quality in an Era of Flexibility: Experiences in a European Contex. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon (1st) . pp. 81-98 . ISBN: 9781138561595 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Moore, Sian and , Hayes, L.J.B. (2017), The electronic monitoring of care work—The redefinition of paid working time. Palgrave Macmillan. In: , , In: Phoebe Moore, Martin Upchurch, Xanthe Whittaker (eds.), Humans and Machines at Wor. Palgrave Macmillan, (1st) . pp. 101-124 . ISBN: 9783319582313 (doi:

Moore, Sian and , McKay, Sonia (2015), Collective labour law explored. Hart Publishing. In: , , In: Amy Ludlow, Alysia Blackham (eds.), New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law Researc. Hart Publishing, Oxford (1st) . pp. 107-120 . ISBN: 9781849466783 (doi: ).


Moore, Sian , Ball, Chris, Cai, Minjie, Flynn, Matt , Mulkearn, Ken (2021), Research into Covid-19 workplace safety outcomes. Trades Union Congress and University of Greenwich. In: , , , . Trades Union Congress and University of Greenwich, London (1st) (doi:

Moore, Sian and , Mendes De Brito Antunes, Bethania (2018), Better Jobs – the added value from trade unions – case studies of the impact of Collective Bargaining: Research for the TUC. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, (doi: ).

Moore, Sian , Antunes, Bethania, White, Geoffrey, Tailby, Stephanie , Newsome, Kirsty (2017), Non-Standard Contracts and the National Living Wage: A Report for the Low Pay Commission. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, (doi: ).