Alan joined the Bristol Law School in 2017 as Professor of Labour Law. Previously he was Professor of Labour Law in the University of Oxford and a fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. He has a broad teaching and research interest in the general fields of labour, employment and work laws. He is interested in exploring these areas from philosophical, doctrinal and comparative perspectives. His recent work has used political philosophy to explore problems in the regulation of work. He is also interested in the worker-protective aspects of common law reasoning. His current research projects are examining freedom of association; common law fundamental rights; the role of criminalisation in work relations; and the future of the social democratic constitution.