Professor Pauline Dibben

Professor of Employment Relations

Room: A016
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3472
Pauline Dibben Sheffield  

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.

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 International Human Resource Studies at postgraduate level and Industrial Relations at undergraduate level:

  • MGT670 International Human Resource Studies
  • MGT309 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.

Membership of Research Centres

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.

Key projects/ grants

Title/ Description Awarding body Dates People Involved Amount
Supply chain accounting and employment practices in the rising economies: global commodity chains, cost effectiveness and competitiveness ESRC
Grant ref. ES/K006452/1
2013-2016 Pauline Dibben (PI)
John Cullen
Phil Johnson
Geoffrey Wood
Luiz Miranda
Juliana Meira
Debby Bonnin
£326,133 (consisting of
£214, 801 in addition to 2 PhD studentships)
Quantifying the effectiveness of telephone-based assessments in identifying return to work interventions for people with common health problems Department for Work and Pensions 2013 Pauline Dibben
Kim Burton
Nick Kendall
Serena McCluskey
Establishing the baseline to support the development of initiatives aiming to promote good health, entry into work and the sustaining of work, for people with disabilities and health conditions in Sheffield Sheffield City Council 2013 Pauline Dibben (PI)
Simon Francis
Neil McIvor
Nick Pearson
£14, 385
The cost effectiveness of interventions for those with health conditions Department for Work and Pensions 2011 Pauline Dibben (PI)
Geoff Wood
Rod Nicolson
Rachel O’Hara
£16, 700

As detailed above, currently, a major project is 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), which Pauline is leading, together with a team of six Co-Investigators. This research involves fieldwork within South Africa, Brazil and the UK. Further details can be found via the webpage: