Dr Andrew Smith is Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at Bradford University. Andrew's research is focused on the experiences of work, employment change and the challenges and complexities of work-life 'balance'.
Andrew joined Bradford in 2011 from the University of East London, where he was Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM). Prior to entering academia, he worked for many years in the civil service and was an elected trade union representative of the CPSA and PCS unions. As a mature student, Andrew successfully completed a honours degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Policy Studies at the University of Sunderland. It was here that he developed a strong interest in the Sociology of Work, Employment Relations and HRM. He was then awarded a PhD studentship at Durham University and his doctoral research investigated organisational culture change in the largest Public-Private Partnership in the civil service.
In 2006 he relocated to Glasgow Caledonian University to take up the post of Research Assistant on a major ESRC-funded project, which critically examines work-life balance and care relations. He is part of a team of academics investigating the application of lean working methods in the civil service. Andrew is currently working with Dr Jo McBride (Newcastle University) on a new research project entitled ‘The Forgotten Workers’, which focuses on low-paid workers in multiple employment.