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Research interests

My current research interests involve disability and in-work-poverty in Scotland.

I have also recently completed a research project with the TSSA trade union, aimed at providing training recommendations for line managing neurodiverse employees for Network Rail.

I have previously researched the misbehaviour of employees both in the work setting and through the Internet. I continue to conduct some research in this domain and currently just completing a research project with colleagues from Glasgow and Strathclyde universities on young workers uses for Web 2.0 technologies when searching for work.

As of September 2017 I have two publications under review with the following journals: International Journal of Human Resource Management, and, Economic and Industrial Democracy.

I currently supervise four PhD students on the following topics: quality of working life and the gig economy, marketing of disability services to employees and employers, HRM and in-work poverty, and, work experiences of LBGTQ academics.

I have supervised PhD students to completion on the following topics:intersectionality and experiences of work for women Polish migrants, managing values in the third sector, bi-polar disorder and the workplace, lived experiences of Nigerian line managers under strategic HRM (submitted), and, worker experiences of the gig economy. meaning of work in Sri Lanka, the labour process in the music industry, and, human resource management in the Chinese oil industry.

At present I would be interested in supervising PhD students in the area of social media and employee resistance/misbehaviour, and disability issues in the workplace.

I am a reviewier for the following journals:

Culture and Organization


Economic and Industrial Democracy

Employee Relations

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Human Relations

International Human Resource Management Journal

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management

International Perspective of Equality and Diversity

Journal of Human Resources Costing and Accounting

Journal of Management and Orgaization

Journal of Managerial Psychology

Journal of Marketing Management

Journal of Organisational Ethnography

International Journal of Retail Distribution Management

New Technology, Work and Employment

Personnel Review

I also hold the following roles at Heriot-Watt University: Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee, Chair of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee, and member of University Committee for Research and Innovation and Combined Joint Negotiation and Consultation committees.

External positions

Edinburgh Napier University

1 May 2016 → …

University of Bradford

1 Jun 20141 May 2016

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Research Output 2002 2019

Human resource management
Open Access
Financial crisis

Employers beware: Generation Y loves social media, but to a point

Hurrell, S. A., Scholarios, D. & Richards, J., 25 Apr 2017, LSE Business Review

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
Open Access
Line managers
Line management
Training needs
Management support

‘The kids are alert’: Generation Y responses to employer use and monitoring of social networking sites

Hurrell, S. A., Scholarios, D. & Richards, J., 8 Mar 2017, In : New Technology, Work and Employment. 32, 1, p. 64-83 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Team work
Hospitality industry
Employee relations
Customer service

Activities 2012 2019

UCUL National Meeting and AGM

Richards, J. (Speaker)
1 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

WES Editorial Board (External organisation)

Richards, J. (Member)
25 Jan 201924 Jan 2021

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Inclusion Matters Workshop

Richards, J. (Participant)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

International Labour Process Conference 2009

Richards, J. (Speaker), Vaughn Ellis (Speaker)
24 Apr 201926 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Solving In-work Poverty

James Richards & Katherine Sang


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research