Executive Education


29 Jan 2019

Professor Casey is new Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society

Catherine Casey

Dr Catherine Casey, Professor of Organisation and Society, joined the School of Business and Economics in 2017 from the University of Leicester and prior to that the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Catherine’s core research interests lie in the areas of organisational economic sociology; labour markets; work and industrial and employment relations.

She comes recently to the role of Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (formerly the Centre for Professional Work and Society), having been chosen to succeed Professor Donald Hislop, and brings to the Centre a focus on work and organisations, hence the name change.

Catherine has held Visiting Fellowships at the School of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin; and a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Sociology, University of Sydney, Australia.

She has served as Expert Advisor for the European Commission Directorate-General Research, and D-G Education and Culture; as Advisor to the Tertiary Education Commission of the New Zealand Government; and on an extensive UNESCO advisory and policy project on Adult Learning and Education. 

She has published prolifically and is currently Vice-President of the International Sociological Association’s Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management committee; a Board Member of the European Sociological Association’s Work, Employment and Industrial Relations network; and a member of the Editorial Board of Organization (Sage). She is also a formerly a Senior Editor of Organization Studies (Sage). 

Catherine says:

“Questions and concerns about work, organisations and the management of people and production increasingly challenge us. Perennial concerns to ensure fairness and quality in our working lives, and effective management and organisations are accompanied by new issues of digitalisation, institutional change and environmental sustainability.

“Work, organisation and business are embedded in society just as they matter to us as individuals and communities. Researchers in the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society contribute to leading debates on a range of intersecting questions and strive to advance understanding, address problems and foster innovative practices.”