Thomas Hastings
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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.


    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am enthusiastic about taking on Ph.D. students with morally permissible funding who share my academic interests.

    Frequent Journals

    • Environment and Planning A

      ISSNs: 0308-518X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1472-3409

      Pion Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.88 SJR 1.552 SNIP 1.232


    • Economic and Industrial democracy

      ISSNs: 0143-831X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1461-7099

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.68 SJR 0.855 SNIP 1.023


    • Journal of Economic Geography

      ISSNs: 1468-2702

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2710

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.04 SJR 2.902 SNIP 2.662


    • Geography Compass

      ISSNs: 1749-8198


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.69 SJR 1.576 SNIP 1.573


    • Antipode

      ISSNs: 1467-8330


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.29 SJR 2.592 SNIP 2.471


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