Thomas Hastings


  • Room 02.032 - Riddel Hall Block 3

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

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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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.




I currently convene and deliver the following modules:

Organisational Behaviour (MGT1009) - First Year Undergraduate. This course explores how and why organisations of one form or another play a vital role in society and serve important needs. The module explores three key areas. Firstly, the factors that influence individuals, such as personality, attitudes, perception, motivation, learning, communication, and job satisfaction. Secondly, the factors that influence the nature of groups and teams, and the importance of leadership. Thirdly, the nature of organisations by analysing issues such as goals, structure, design, control, culture, and development.

Leadership & Organisational Behaviour (TLI7005) - On behalf of the Clinton Leadership Institute (CLI). This course explores the importance of leadership in driving organisational change and examines the wider importance of Organisational Behaviour (OB) in the running of different organisations. 


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