Professor Susan Corby MA, PGDip, PhD

Emeritus Professor

Key details

Professor Susan Corby
MA, PGDip, PhD

Emeritus Professor

Before becoming an academic, first at Manchester Metropolitan University and since 1998 at the University of Greenwich, Professor Susan Corby was Senior Industrial Relations Officer at the Royal College of Midwives and Assistant General Secretary of the Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA).

Professor Corby was a research officer for Industrial Relations Services, a commercial publisher and also worked for the Advisory Conciliation & Arbitration Service when it was first established in 1975.


  • Current: Arbitrator for the Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service (Acas)
  • 2006–10: Independent expert under the equal value legislation
  • 1989–2012: Member of the Central Arbitration Committee
  • 1988-2010: Member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal

Research / Scholarly interests

    • Labour courts/employment tribunals in France, Germany and the UK. 
    • Disability in employment.

Key funded projects

The roles resources and competencies of employee lay judges: a cross-national study of Germany, France and Great Britain

About: The research analysed and compared lay judges in labour courts in three countries and was based on 167 interviews of employee and employer lay judges and professional judges. It found that the dominant influence on lay judges' reported perception of their role is the prevailing industrial relations system in each country, mediated by the labour court structure. German and British lay judges unambiguously expressed a commitment to impartiality, but in France, deliberations were sometimes reported as being akin to negotiations with employer and employee lay judges on different sides.
Investigators: P. Burgess, S. Corby, A Holand, H Michel, L Willemez, C. Buchwald and E Krausbeck
Project length: September 2015- September 2017
Funders: Hans Boeckler Stiftung
Outcome: Report