Heather Connolly

Associate Professor of Employment Relations, University of Leicester

I am Associate Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Leicester. Prior to coming to Leicester, I spent five years at De Montfort University and have held positions at the Universities of Manchester and Warwick.

While working on my PhD (Warwick, 2003-2007) I was a Researcher for the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels and a visiting researcher at the IRES research institute in Paris. I maintain strong links with research institutes in France (CRESPPA-CSU, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris-Dauphine) and am part of the broader international CRIMT network. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, an Academic Member of the CIPD and on the Associate Editorial Board of Work, employment and Society (WES). I have experience of teaching on a wide variety of employment relations and HRM modules and research methodology for postgraduate and doctoral students.

My research interests centre around the possibilities for trade union renewal, and how trade unions across Europe shape and are constrained by their institutional contexts. My in-depth qualitative research, in France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, explores how trade union activists respond to contemporary challenges, particularly the possibilities for radical unionism and the innovative role that trade unions might play in the social inclusion of migrant workers.


  • 2012–present
    Senior lecturer, De Montfort University


  • 2008 
    University of Warwick, PhD Industrial Relations