Dr. Thomas Hastings

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (HRM)

Room A017
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3222
Email: t.hastings@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter:  @WOERRCsheffield

I first joined Sheffield University Management School as a post-doctoral Research Associate in 2014 (working with Jason Heyes) researching labour market policy change in EU states (under the rubric of ‘flexicurity’). Subsequent to this work I have undertaken different research projects for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), most notably via the funded project Strengthening Labour Administration. Project outputs to date have included numerous reports and the production of an ILO toolkit Extending Labour Inspection to the Informal Economy geared for training labour inspectors in all regions of the world. In 2016 I was appointed Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.

My background is in economic geography, and through this I have developed a theoretical interest in institutional approaches to labour markets, their regulation and the changing nature of work and employment. My doctoral research (PhD from the University of Glasgow, 2011) focussed on service work realities in post-industrial Glasgow with a view to contributing to research into labour geography and debates on worker agency. After completing my PhD I undertook a role as Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate at the Saïd Business School (University of Oxford) where I conducted research on behalf of the Association of Convenience Stores.

Teaching and Learning

I have experience of teaching in schools based in Geography, Business and Management. Outside of university teaching I have also conducted training on behalf of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This experience includes the training of labour inspectors associated with the national labour inspectorates of South Africa and Ireland


I am interested in supervising students who hold a broad range of interests related to labour market policy, regulation, HRM and experiences of work.

Selected grant capture

  • ESRC Studentship for +1 MA in Human Geography Research (University of Sheffield), £12,000; Awarded ESRC Studentship to conduct +3 PhD in Human Geography (University of Aberdeen/Glasgow, £36,000, 2007-2011).
  • ESRC Impact Accelerator Collaborative R&D Award (1st November 2014 - 30th September 2015, with Jason Heyes). Named researcher on Strengthening Labour Administration project (partnered with the International Labour Organisation; funding total: £29,000).
  • UACES Small Event Grant (13th February 2015): Flexicurity: Future directions in the age of austerity (£1,000).
  • Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Mobility Programme. Named researcher ‘Investigating the impact of labour inspection reforms on labour standards in South Africa’ – funding for collaboration with the University of Cape Town (£2,500). 2016.

Research Interests

  • Labour Geography
  • Labour Administration
  • Labour market policy change: in particular changes to employment regimes, labour policies and consequences for work/employment relations since the 2008 financial crisis
  • Emerging interests in the football industry and its relationship with labour markets