Dr Andrew Smith

BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Management School

Head of Work, Employment and Organisations Subject Group

Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations and Human Resource

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Dr Andrew Smith
Management School
Room AO17, Sheffield University Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Andrew Smith is Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management in the School of Management at the University of Sheffield.

He is a member of the Centre for Decent Work (CDW) located within the Management School. Before joining the University of Sheffield in September 2021, Andrew worked at the Universities of Bradford, East London and Glasgow Caledonian. Prior to entering academia, Andrew worked for many years in the civil service and was an elected trade union representative of the PCS and CPSA unions.

Andrew's research focuses on low-paid multiple employment, the complexities of work-life 'balance', working time and public sector employment change. His research has been cited in both the Houses of Commons and Lords. Andrew has engaged with Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, the Trades Union Congress and the USDAW union to influence policies to protect precarious workers. He has been interviewed on Radio 4 and has articles published in The Conversation. 


PhD Sociology – Durham University

MA Policy Studies – University of Sunderland

BA Sociology – University of Sunderland

Research interests

Andrew's research focuses on the contemporary experiences of work, in particular, low-paid precarious work, the complexities and challenges of work-life 'balance', working time and the temporalities of work, and public sector employment change.

'The Forgotten Workers' project, with Professor Jo McBride (Durham University), is the first UK study to examine low-paid multiple employment in the UK. The research critically explores the economic and temporal dimensions of precarious work, zero hours contracts and in-work poverty. This research has been impactful and influenced organisational and trade union policies to protect precarious workers.

Andrew has researched workers’ experiences of the largest Public-Private Partnership in the civil service. He has also worked with a team of academics critically examining the application of ‘lean’ working methods in the public sector.

His research also explores the practicalities and challenges of articulating work-life ‘balance’. Andrew is interested in the transforming temporalities of work and the implications on domestic life and familial care responsibilities.


Journal articles


  • Smith A & McBride J (2019) Accessing ‘Hard to Reach Groups’ and Emotions in the Research Process: ‘Work an Honest Day and Get the Usual Raw Deal’ In Wheatley D (Ed.), Handbook of research methods on the quality of working lives (pp. 95-108). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Centre for Decent Work

Teaching interests

Andrew has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His specialist areas of teaching include: industrial relations, research methods, international and comparative employment relations and human resource management.

Andrew's approach to teaching focuses on developing critical thinking skills in examining and understanding the transformations of work and employment. He motivates and inspires students through intellectually challenging content and stimulating student-led discussions. Andrew utilises research-led teaching to theoretically and empirically address contemporary developments in work and employment relations.

Teaching activities

MGT309 – Industrial Relations

MGT6060 – Human Resource Management

MGT659 – Industrial Relations (MSc)

MGT670 – International Human Resource Studies

Professional activities and memberships

Andrew is the Editor for Review Articles at the journal ‘New Technology, Work and Employment’. Between 2016 and 2020, Andrew was an Executive Committee Member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association He was previously a Board Member of the journal ‘New Technology, Work and Employment’ (2014-2018).

PhD Supervision

Andrew has successfully supervised a number of PhD and DBA students to completion. Prospective PhD applications are encouraged in the broad fields of employment relations, the sociology of work and HRM. In particular, covering:

  • The complexities and challenges of work-life ‘balance’
  • Low-paid and precarious work
  • Working time and the temporalities of work
  • Public sector employment change
  • Workers experiences of privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Trade unionism and employee representation