Professor Jeremy Waddington

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Position: Professor
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Jeremy's previous appointments were at the Industrial Relations Research Unit of the University of Warwick, where he started employment as a research fellow in 1989, and before that at the University of Keele. He studied for a PhD on trade union mergers at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Sir George Bain. In 2003 Jeremy edited a book on trade unions in Europe that includes chapters on all EU member states (with the single exception of Luxembourg), together with chapters on Hungary, Norway and EU level developments. More recently he has published books on the trade union merger process in Britain and Germany, and on the development of European works councils.

Research Interests

My research focuses on trade union structure, organisation and activity in Britain and Western Europe. In Britain the core of the research comprises a series of surveys sent to new members, members, activists, full-time officers and leavers. Over the last decade he has assembled a large data series on these issues, which comprise responses from members of most of the major unions in Britain. In Europe the research highlights efforts to generate new agendas appropriate to the circumstances of the early twenty-first century. In addition, I am also engaged in research on European Works Councils, which attempts to assess their efficacy as information and consultation bodies in terms of the initial intentions of the European Commission and in terms of their utility to working men and women. He brings with him a research contract held with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the research arm of the European Trade Union Confederation. This contract is initially for five years, with a possibility of renewal thereafter, and occupies half of his time.

Additional Information

His current teaching covers International Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

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  • Waddington, J. (2015). Trade Union Membership Retention in Europe: The Challenge of Difficult Times. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 205-222. . Publication link: 7f0fac3b-2578-4c36-b624-6c7844b4abed
  • Waddington, J., & Kerr, A. (2015). Joining UNISON: does the reform of a union organising strategy change how members perceive their recruitment?Industrial Relations Journal, 46(3), 187-207. DOI: 10.1111/irj.12098. Publication link: ef84578c-b404-4737-aed7-033928dd228b


  • Waddington, J. (2014). Workplace representation, its impact on trade union members and its capacity to compete with management in the European workplace. Transfer, 20(4), 537-558. . Publication link: bb3642c6-6a7c-4ef5-a5b6-10e41ee1cd89
  • Waddington, J., & Kerr, A. (2014). E-communications: An Aspect of Union Renewal or Merely Doing Things Electronically?British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52(4), 658-681. . Publication link: 735cf667-2b6f-4348-a761-e450ce08086e



  • Waddington, J. (2012). ‘The Impact of the Coalition Government’s Policies on UNISON Membership and Organisation’. In host publication.. Publication link: 6d5358f3-87f9-481c-b529-1f01d998976c


  • Waddington, J. (2011). Comites d'enterprise europeens: comment des salaries peuvent-ils exercer une influence?La Revue De L'IRES, 71(4), 23-50. . Publication link: ffe3c35f-1aaf-4992-9384-1921d20e7f48
  • Waddington, J., & Conchon, A. (2011). Board-level Representation in Europe: Challenging Commonplace Prejudices. In The Sustainable Company: A New approach to corporate Governnace. (pp. 91-112). Brussels: European Trade Union Institute. . Publication link: 9eb8d91b-3b84-448a-b9d5-1cb24500bbea


  • Waddington, J. (2010). ‘How Do Union Members Perceive the Presence of Union Organisation in the European Workplace?’. In host publication.. Publication link: 3fc938ed-5f1d-4f71-95b0-23d46b0276ef
  • Waddington, J. (2010). ‘The Quality of Information and Consultation in European Works Councils Organised by UNI-Europa Graphical’. In host publication.. Publication link: 0d8d4b43-9966-48a4-9584-299c0c2176c8
  • Waddington, J. (2010). ‘Members’ Perceptions of European Trade Unions’. 9th European Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association, University of Copenhagen, Denmark., .. Publication link: 0f64c018-0f07-4ffc-b5f9-c7ed54b7512c
  • Waddington, J. (2010). ‘The Views of European Works Council Representatives Organised by UNI-Europa’. In host publication.. Publication link: 6d277c7c-e2d1-4596-a4ca-7a10c896cdde
  • Timming, A. R., Marchington, M. P., Waddington, J., Bamber, G. J. (Ed.), Lansbury, R. D. (Ed.), & Wailes, N. (Ed.) (2010). Employment Relations in Britain. In International and Comparative Employment Relations. London: Allen & Unwin. . Publication link: 686cc935-ea5e-4967-8082-366a948dd3c7
  • Waddington, J. (2010). ‘Facility Time: Issues of Level and Distribution in Hard Times’. Trades Union Congress Facility Time Working Party, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London., .. Publication link: e3bbe85a-1631-42df-9c23-99f0f3d90aa8
  • Conchon, A., & Waddington, J. (2010). Corporate Governance and the Voice of Labour: Board-level Employee Representation in Europe. In 47th CIRA annual meeting / CRIMT international conference (2010) .. Publication link: f9942177-c924-4cea-abd0-80cd9f61a9d3


  • Mcbride, A., & Waddington, J. (2009). The Representation of Women and the Trade Union Merger Process. In Equity: The Path to Union Renewal. (pp. 192-218). Vancouver: UBC Press. . Publication link: 6a12b2ec-4f07-4e37-a292-9e23ebb1c816


  • Mcbride, A., & Waddington, J. (2008). Union Mergers and Gender Democracy. Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, 67, 133-154. . Publication link: 28a96a91-0dd9-4d04-8384-2fa13e512810



  • Waddington, J., Kahmann, M., Hoffmann, J., & Osborne, S. (2005). Joining Forces: A Comparison of the Merger Process in Britain and Germany. Unknown Journal, 9. . Publication link: e49da2fd-a9bb-43e6-946d-cfb4dfd28f4a
  • Waddington, J. (2005). Trade Union Membership in Europe: the extent of the problem and range of trade union responses. In host publication.. Publication link: ba500997-4226-4917-b517-b7af76ed5313


  • Waddington, J., & Hoffmann, R. (2003). Trade Unions in Europe: reform, organisation and restructuring. In host publication. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang. . Publication link: 329efb4f-c5a0-4121-817c-37e3a231ad09
  • Waddington, J., Kahmann, M., & Hoffmann, J. (2003). United We Stand? A Comparison of the Trade Union Merger Process in Britain and Germany. Anglo-German Foundation.. Publication link: 498839ef-66e8-4256-9a8a-3cb6b4410064