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PhD projects

I am enthusiastic about taking on Ph.D. students who share my academic interests. Projects should ideally aspire to tackle some forms of inequality, and in doing so make a positive impact on the world we live in down the line.


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Personal profile

Research Interests

I have a background in Economic Geography which I have sought to integrate in both research and teaching roles at Queen's Management School (and before that, Sheffield University Management School). Drawing specifically on my interests in Labour Geographies, I combine a geographical approach to researching work, employment and political economy which contributes to debates in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (HRM). I am thus part of a wider cohort of Geographers who have traversed into Management/Business schools in recent years, contributing to exciting new developments across these disciplines (see James et al. 2018 for a recent debate on this subject!). 

Since completing my PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2011 (a labour geography of call centre work) I have worked in different schools of Management/Business in Oxford, Sheffield and Belfast respectively (in addition to a short spell at the School of Geography at Plymouth University). Over the course of this journey I have gained a broad repertoire of teaching and research experiences and areas of interest, and have undertaken research projects which examine experiences of work, struggles to uphold labour rights and the wider politics of labour market regulation. 

Research interests and themes include:

  1. The political economy of labour market institutions. This has included research on behalf of the International Labour Organisation into labour administration and the critical appraisal of the EU Flexicurity agenda with Professor Jason Heyes (University of Sheffield).
  2. Labour inspection and the enforcement of worker rights. In 2015 I co-authored a toolkit on labour inspection on behalf of the ILO (with Jason Heyes). Extending Labour Inspection to the Informal Economy is available online and is intended as a tool for training labour inspectors throughout different regions of the world.
  3. Institutional approaches to regulating unlawful work arrangements. This has included a focus on bogus self-employment and the use of fraudulent letterbox companies in the EU for publication on the EC’s European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work.
  4. I also maintain a longstanding interest in exploring worker agencies and experiences of modern work, drawing on and contributing towards debates in the Labour Process Theory (LPT) tradition and Labour Geography.


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Research Output

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    “That type of thing does give you a boost”: Control, Self‐valorisation, and Autonomist Worker Copings in Call Centres

    Hastings, T. & Cumbers, A., 20 Sep 2019, In : Antipode. 51, 5, p. 1456-1473 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Developing an Approach for Tackling Letterbox Companies

    Hastings, T. & Cremers, J., 2018, 23 p. ec.europa.eu.

    Research output: Other contribution


    O'Dell Memorial Prize

    Hastings, Thomas (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    University of Sheffield Senate Award for Collaborative Activities

    Hastings, Thomas (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 15 Participation in conference
    • 7 Invited talk
    • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Editorial activity

    Cambridge Political Economy Society, University of Cambridge

    Thomas Hastings (Participant)

    12 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    British Sociological Association (BSA) Work, Employment and Society Conference 2018

    Thomas Hastings (Participant)

    13 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Tackling letterbox companies: Findings from the Survey of the Expert Committee on Posting Workers

    Thomas Hastings (Contributor)

    26 Jan 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    5th Global Conference on Economic Geography

    Thomas Hastings (Participant)

    24 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Lionel’s messy tax affairs are part of a bigger problem in football

    Thomas Hastings


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Third party ownership: Big Sam, football and capitalism

    Thomas Hastings


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Behind the unpredictable Premier League year that put Leicester top of the pile

    Thomas Hastings


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Government policies have left workers with less job security

    Thomas Hastings


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities