The University of Sheffield
Management School

Professor Pauline Dibben

Professor of Employment Relations

Room: E013
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3472

Pauline has published widely on employment relations in the UK and emerging economies. She has also attracted funding from the ESRC, EPSRC and UK Government departments. She is currently PI for a large interdisciplinary ESRC project examining supply chain accounting and employment practices in the rising economies.

In addition to her role as Associate Dean for Research, Pauline is also Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Work, Organisation and Well-being at Griffith University, Australia, and Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.


Pauline´s teaching is strongly research led. She currently teaches on two modules at postgraduate level: Industrial Relations and International Human Resource Studies:

  • MGT670 International Human Resource Studies
  • MGT659 Industrial Relations

Through her teaching style, Pauline aims to challenge students to think critically and to consider employment practices within both advanced and emerging economies. She encourages critical thinking through the use of case studies and student-led debates.


Pauline's recent research has been focused in the area of employment security, with two sub-themes: employment security and the role of the trade unions in emerging economies, and job security for those with health conditions.

Employment Security and the role of trade unions in emerging economies:

This research programme has considered different dimensions of work and employment and includes the development and analysis of large scale surveys in South Africa and Mozambique in addition to in-depth qualitative research.

Job security for those with health conditions:

Pauline continues to explore the dynamics of sickness absence and return to work, and the policies and practices surrounding this.

Pauline is PI for the ESRC research grant entitled 'Supply chain accounting and employment practices in the rising economies: global commodity chains, cost effectiveness and competitiveness' (Grant Reference: ES/K006452/1), together with a team of six Co-Investigators. This research involves fieldwork within South Africa, Brazil and the UK.

Pauline is a member of the Work Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre, and of the Cluster for Research on the Informal Sector and Policy, and is on the steering group for the Sheffield Institute for International Development.