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Professor Sian Moore

Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation
Faculty of Business and Law

Sian Moore has published widely on work and employment, and on intersectional relationships, representation and organisation at work. Recent research includes the experiences of frontline workers during COVID-19 and intersectionality and industrial action in the British Airways Dispute 2009–2011.

Email: [email protected]


Sian studied for her PhD at Essex University; her thesis was on gender and class consciousness in industrialisation – a study of the Bradford Worsted industry 1780-1845 and she retains an interest in labour and women's history and her work continues to focus upon gender and class. Her first degree was in History from the University of York.

Sian joined Anglia Ruskin from the University of Greenwich where she was Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management and Director of the Centre for Research on Work and Employment (CREW). She was previously Professor of Work and Employment Relations and Co-Director of the Centre for Employment Studies Research (CESR) at the University of the West of England. She was a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC), University of Leeds, and prior to that a Reader at the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) at London Metropolitan University. Sian worked on the Leverhulme Future of Unions Programme at the London School of Economics and before that spent five years at the Labour Research Department. Previously she worked in local government and was a trade union activist in the local government union, NALGO (now part of UNISON).

Research interests
  • The relationship between gender and class at work
  • Worker organisation
  • Industrial action
  • Intersectionality
  • Care work
  • Logistics work
  • Unpaid labour time
Areas of research supervision
  • Work and Employment
  • Gender and Class at work
  • Collective organisation and strike action
  • PhD Social History, University of Essex
  • BA (Hons) History, University of York
Memberships, editorial boards
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy: a UK-US comparison Value: £100,000 Funder: British Academy (2021)
  • Race and Health and Safety Value: £25,000 Funder: Trades Union Congress (2021)
  • Sectoral and Occupational Transitions during COVID-19 Value: £25,000 Funder: Trades Union Congress (2021)
  • Workers in health and social care during Covid-19 Value: £35,000 Funder: Equality and Human Rights Commission (2020)
  • The role of Health and Safety Representatives under Covid-19 Value: £190,000 Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (2020)
  • Research into Covid-19 workplace safety outcomes Value: £20,000 Funder: Trades Union Congress (2020)
  • International Mechanisms to Revalue Women's Work Value: £45,000 Funder: Scottish Government (2019)
  • Non-standard contracts and productivity Value: £9000 Funder: ESRC Productivity Network (University of Sheffield) (2019)
  • 2018 Closing the gender pay gap in public services in the context of austerity Value: £300,0000 Funder: EU Social Dialogue
Selected recent publications
  • Moore, S., Amendah, E.R., Clamp, C., Carter, N., Burns, C. and Martin, W. (2024) ‘Understanding vaccine hesitancy in US and UK frontline workers – The role of economic risk’, Safety Science, 170.
  • Moore S, Cai M, Ball C, Flynn M. (2023) Health and Safety Reps in COVID-19-Representation Unleashed? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 18;20(8):5551.
  • Cai, M., Moore, S., Ball, C., Flynn, M. and Mulkearn, K. (2022) The role of union health and safety representatives during the COVID-19 pandemic: a case study of the UK food processing, distribution, and retail sectors. Industrial Relations Journal, 53 (4). pp. 390-407. 
  • Wright, T., Moore, S., & Taylor, P. (2023). Union Equality Structures and the Challenge of Democratic Legitimacy: The Case of the Fire Brigades Union. Work, Employment and Society37(5), 1339-1358. https://doi.org/10.1177/09500170211072796
  • Moore, S. and Newsome, K. (2021) Work in the Global Economy: Editorial Introduction, Volume 1, Numbers 1-2, October 2021: 3-12
    Moore, S. and Taylor, P. (2020) ‘Class-Reimagined? Intersectionality and Industrial Action – the British Airways Dispute of 2009–2011’ Sociology 55(3): 582–599.
Recent presentations and conferences
  • The past in the present: Reflections on coalmining and the miners’ strike 1984-85, Wales Institute of Economic and Social Research and Data, March 2nd 2024.
  • A British Academy event for funded projects on Vaccine Hesitancy (2022).
  • ReWage - Renewing Work Advisory Group of Experts network at Warwick University (2022).
  • Keynote speaker at 2021 BUIRA conference on the future of industrial relations research.
Media experience