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Professor of International and Comparative Employment Relations, University of Bradford

Professor Tony Royle is an internationally recognized authority in international and comparative employment relations with particular expertise in the area of low-paid service sector employment in multinational corporations, but also in the areas of international labour standards and European Union social policy and legislation. He has acted as an adviser to a number of international institutions including the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Social Affairs Committee of the European Union Parliament, international trade union bodies such as the global union the IUF, and national bodies such as the Irish Labour Relations Commission as well as a number of trade union confederations such as the Dutch and Japanese Trade Union Confederations (FNV and RENGO).

He is the author of Working for McDonald’s in Europe and Labour Relations in the Global Fast-Food Industry (both with Routledge) and has produced over 50 publications in a variety of academic and practitioner journals and books. His work is widely used as a resource for teaching in universities around the world and has also been published in German, Italian and Spanish. His work has received a lot of attention in the media, with reviews in the Financial Times and other newspaper articles in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Belgium and Finland. He has also made a number of appearances on both the TV and radio (for example BBC radio, Canadian Television, Irish and Italian radio and more recently Swedish television. In addition he has been invited to give over 30 guest lectures at other universities and other international institutions including for example: the Berlin Social Science Research Centre (WZB); the London School of Economics; and the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (University of London); Wayne State University, Detroit; Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo; and the British TUC and the Irish labour Relations Commission.

Professor Royle has also held a number of external academic appointments as Visiting Professor (for example the Marco Biagi Foundation, School for Advanced Studies in Comparative Industrial Relations and Labour Law, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the University of Keele and the University of Hertfordshire and acted as External Examiner and Assessor for several British and Irish Universities at PhD level, masters and undergraduate levels (including for example the London School of Economics). He served two terms as a member of the Executive of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association until July 2009 and was for three years a member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council and was also a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Association of Industrial Relations. He is has also been a member of several journal editorial boards including the Work, Employment and Society journal and the Industrial Relations Journal and regularly acts as a referee for a wide range of international journals such as the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations (Berkeley), Organization Studies, Human Relations, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Personnel Review, Industrial Relations Journal, Economic and Industrial Democracy, International Journal of HRM, Employee Relations, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal and the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Journal of International Management and Work, Employment and Society.


  • –present
    Professor of International and Comparative Employment Relations, University of Bradford