Dr Anthony Rafferty

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Position: Lecturer in Employment Studies
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations

Research Interests

Dr. Anthony Rafferty's research involves the the use of large government or international datasets to analyse labour market developments in relation to demographic, economic and social trends. Current research chiefly concerns the statistical evaluation of the labour market impact of the recent economic crisis, government austerity policy, and public sector and welfare reform. A further strand of research concerns job quality in the EU.

- Labour market impact of recession, austerity and recovery

- Social and public policy evaluation

- Labour force analysis

- Welfare and public sector reform and the labour market

-Ethnic differences in graduate employment

- Capabilities perspectives to poverty, job quality, and 'Decent Work'

-Job quality in Europe.

Current & Recent Research Projects:

- "Divergence and convergence in job quality in Europe", Research project for the European Foundation for the improvement of Working and Living Conditions (Eurofound),

-"Gender differences in job quality in Europe", Research project for Eurofound

-'Gender, labour underutilisation and recession', ESRC Small Grant Click here

-Women and Austerity: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Gender Equality. Click here

-Ethnic differences in graduate level over-education, unemployment and wages. Click here

-Tripartite meeting of experts on the measurement of decent work, International Labour Organisation, Geneva (Independent Expert Advisor). Click here

Postgraduate Opportunities

I am interested in supervising PhD students on topics relevant to my research interests. I am a predominantly interested in quantitative projects, particularly those which utilise national or international survey datasets such as the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), EU Labour Force Surveys, Current Population Survey and other US microdatasets, and the Workplace Employment Relations Survey and international equivalents.

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-BMAN60621 Research Methods for Organisations (Module Coordinator and Lecturer). MSc. Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, MSc. International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations, and MSc. Chinese Business and Management course.

-BMAN70231 Human Resource Management Strategy and Practice (Module Coordinator and Lecturer). MSc. Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and MSc. International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations.

-BMAN20842 Organizations and Employment (Module Coordinator and Lecturer). Level 2 undergraduate Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Course.

-Global MBA Programme (Coordinator for HRM and Organisational Behaviour module and tutor/ workshop leader).

-Full-time MBA Programme: Lecturer, People, Management and Organisations Module.

Showing 28 publication(s)


  • Rafferty, A., & Wiggan, J. (2015). The time-related underemployment of lone parents during welfare reform, recession and austerity: A challenge to in-work conditionality?Social Policy and Administration. . Publication link: 38d45655-83ff-400d-98a3-8d838fbad98b
  • Holman, D., Holtgrewe, U., Rafferty, A., Ramioul, M., & Vandekerckhove, S. (2015). Convergence and divergence of job quality in Europe 1995–2010. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.. Publication link: 4d95de73-462c-49e8-b4b3-8f2b7fcc7cad



  • Rafferty, A. L. (2013). Beyond unemployment: Gender penalties in time-related underemployment and over-education during recession and austerity. In American Sociological Association Annual Conference, August 2013.. Publication link: 3c7328a4-0c68-4cdc-a2aa-df35c6fcf3f1
  • Rafferty, A., Smith, M., Piasna, A., Burchell, B., Rubery, J., Rose, J., & Carter, L. (2013). Women, men and working conditions in Europe. Dublin: Eurofound.. Publication link: 01740201-a3ee-4876-b0a7-7dbe3c7e3237
  • Rafferty, A., & Grimshaw, D. (2013). Social impact of the crisis in the United Kingdom: Focus on gender and age inequalities. In Work Inequalities in the Crisis: Evidence from Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 80d8a50c-07dd-453b-a9ab-3bed997cd566
  • Rubery, J., & Rafferty, A. (2013). Gender, Recession and Austerity in the UK. In Women and Austerity: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Gender Equality. London: Routledge. . Publication link: a5e88e36-762f-4baa-93c8-e2a733e9a878
  • Rafferty, A. L., & Rubery, J. (2013). Gender equality, recession, and austerity: Recent UK developments'. In host publication.. Publication link: d7a4413b-b026-409c-8b26-92c862075d01
  • Rafferty, A. L. (2013). Labour underutilisation, the great recession and austerity: Intersections between gender and ethnicity in the UK. In host publication.. Publication link: d807fbf2-9754-4d3d-9d47-d73f5f421dc7


  • Rafferty, A. L., & Rubery, J. (2012). How to sustain interest in gender equality initiative during a recession. In host publication.. Publication link: 3fd1e011-ac3f-4b80-8e69-e358d1e9e73d


  • Rafferty, A., Harding, A., Sensier, M., Rubery, J., & Rees, J. (2011). Understanding the demand for skills and Labour in the North of England. (N8 Research Partnership: The impacts of demographic change). No publisher name.. Publication link: 1dd46341-b819-44b3-8e3f-e70e263030f3
  • Rafferty, A. (2011). Workforce risks and opportunities: Working time practices in nursing and midwifery. Centre for Workforce Intelligence: No publisher name.. Publication link: 0b3c61a8-efff-4448-8e78-bcd310fa3641
  • Rafferty, A., Grimshaw, D., & Rubery, J. (2011). Recession, recovery and the changing labour market context of the National Health Service. (Centre for Workforce Intelligence). No publisher name.. Publication link: 47923a66-5e87-4e63-b9ff-5f39df322903


  • Rafferty, A., & Wiggan, J. (2008). Lone parents and welfare reform: The role of private recruitment agencies. London: Recruitment and Employment Confederation.. Publication link: 4bc77161-b92d-4444-b627-9db1772b488a
  • Dale, A., Lindley, J., Dex, S., & Rafferty, A. (2008). Ethnic differences in women's labour market activity. In Women and Employment: Changing Lives and New Challenges|Women and Employ.: Changing Lives and New Challenges. (1 ed., pp. 81-106). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. . Publication link: 9a3eb538-d835-4a43-88a6-68e1b58e5471


  • Rafferty, A. L., & Lloyd, N. (2006). Black and Minority Ethnic Families and Sure Start: Findings from local evaluations. (National Evaluation of Sure Start). No publisher name.. Publication link: ed909320-0232-4731-bfce-2ae06f079ce8


  • Rafferty, A., Talbot, C., Wiggan, J., & Hendey, N. (2005). Job Centre Plus customer service performance and delivery: A qualitative review. (Department for Work and Pensions Research Report No. 276, London: HSMO). No publisher name.. Publication link: 3cdf609d-6813-4361-8a8d-b3fb28377b85


  • Rafferty, A. (2003). The characteristics of lone and coupled mothers working fewer than sixteen hours per week. (Department for Work and Pensions In- House Report No. 125, London: HSMO). No publisher name.. Publication link: e32af249-f14c-4d8c-b086-1da31920a737