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Lecturer in Employment Relations, University of Sheffield

Edward Yates is a Lecturer in Employment Relations in the School of Management at the University of Sheffield.

Edward’s research explores the relationship between processes of political economy, state regulation, employment relations and labour market outcomes. He is particularly interested in the behaviour of local labour markets, in particular for young workers. Edward’s current research is organised into four main areas:

1) Local labour markets. Specifically how processes of capitalist accumulation manifest in and through local labour markets and how this is expressed in the behaviour of local state actors, local employers, and workers.

2) State regulation of work, employment, and labour markets. In particular how shifts in the global economy in the last 50 years have impacted upon state policy for labour market regulation and what this means for workers.

3) Young workers. Edward’s research examines central and local government policy regarding young workers, wage-rates for young workers, conditions of work and employment, skills and training provision, and the theoretical development of a ‘political economy of youth’.

4) Work, employment and labour markets in the NHS. This strand of research explores contemporary conditions of work and employment in the NHS for different staff groups and occupations. The research examines: the intensification of working conditions in the NHS, processes of churn and attrition, pension changes, the role of trade unions and professional organisations in the NHS, and NHS financing.

In addition to these four research areas Edward is interested in the theoretical development of critical, global political economy, and in research methodologies.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Employment Relations, University of Sheffield


  • 2018 
    The University of Leicester, PhD