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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 2009 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
labor standard

“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

call center
labor market

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

Thomas Hastings (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

University of Sheffield Senate Award for Collaborative Activities

Thomas Hastings (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2007 2019

  • 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

5th Global Conference on Economic Geography

Thomas Hastings (Participant)
24 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

“Letterbox companies”

Thomas Hastings (Advisor)
11 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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

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

Europe-Wide Shift Towards Weaker Job Security And Employment Support

Thomas Hastings


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Government policies have left workers with less job security

Thomas Hastings


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities