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Professor of Law, University of Strathclyde

BA, PhD (Glasgow). She joined Strathclyde in 2012 as Professor of Law from the Stirling Law School where she was Head of Department (2010-2012), Senior Lecturer (2003-2012), Lecturer 2000-2003), having previously been a Lecturer at the Robert Gordon University and at Glasgow University.

Professor Busby’s research interests are in the areas of labour law and European social policy. Her current research relates to the relationship between paid work and unpaid care, the constitutionalisation of labour rights (with particular reference to the EU constitution post-Lisbon) and the experiences of claimants in the Employment Tribunal system.

She is co-investigator (with Dr Grace James, University of Reading) in Families and Work Net (FAWN), an AHRC-funded research network which aims to explore law's engagement in the quest for work / family reconciliation through interdisciplinary thinking about the linkages between government policies and everyday experiences, theories and practices, law and society. For further information about FAWN’s aims and activities, see

Professor Busby is a partner in a four-year programme of research funded by the European Research Council (total grant €1.02m) entitled ‘New Sites of legal Consciousness: a case study of UK advice agencies’ which will be carried out by a team of researchers under the leadership of Dr Morag McDermont, University of Bristol (PI). The overall aim is to investigate ways in which third sector advice agencies are becoming new sites for the emergence of legal consciousness. Professor Busby will share management responsibility for the project ‘Citizens Advice Bureaux and Employment Disputes’ which will examine how clients of CABx pursue employment disputes following their first interaction with the CAB.

For further information, please see the project website:


  • –present
    Professor, Strathclyde University