Tony Dobbins is Professor of Employment Studies at Bangor University. Prior to arriving at Bangor, Tony was employed in various positions in both academia and elsewhere. He was formerly an Irish Research Council (IRC) funded Research Fellow at the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC), National University of Ireland Galway. Tony also spent a number of years as a journalist in Dublin with the weekly independent publication, Industrial Relations News (IRN), during which time he acquired extensive practical experience of reporting on a wide range of employment relations issues. He also has significant research consultancy experience, having been involved in a number of employment relations projects for various organisations in Europe, Ireland, and UK, including the European Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and Ireland’s National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO).