Dr Huw Thomas

Dr Huw Thomas

Dr Huw Thomas
Lecturer in Management

3.06 (Howard House),
Howard House, Queen's Ave, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 39 40521

Department of Management

Personal profile

I am a Lecturer in Management in the Department of Management at the School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol.

I hold a PhD in International Employment Relations from the Employment Research Unit, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. As part of my PhD I took a suspension of studies to work at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. My research focusssed on the impact of global production networks on the promotion and protection of decent work in a number of economic sectors, most notably the plantations sector. 

Prior to joining the Department of Management in 2016, I worked as a tutor at Cardiff University. I have also worked and collaborated with a number of research partners outside academia including the ILO, European Transport Workers' Federation and International Transport Workers' Federation. I am a co-editor of Futures of Work, an online blog published by Bristol University Press. 


My research is international in outlook and concerned with the social and economic impact of globalisation. I'm interested in global value chains/production networks and labour standards, in particular the role of international organisations in governing these chains/networks. My current research focuses on different forms of labour regulation in the agri-food sector and its implications for the promotion of decent work. 


Unit Director for:

 MGRCM2011 Strategic Human Resource Management 

Teaching on:

EFIM30024 International Human Resource Management

EFIM30037 Global Production, Work and Employment 

EFIM20025 Management Research Methods 

EFIM10012 Global Business Environment


Fields of interest

international labour standards, global production networks, global value chains, industrial relations, employment relations, labour governance, collective bargaining, international organisations, labour rights, agri-food, decent work

Latest publications

  1. Thomas, H, 2019, ‘A ‘Decent Cuppa’: Worker Power and Consumer Power in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector’. British Journal of Industrial Relations.
  2. Thomas, H, 2019, ‘Breaking free: Workers and their (value) chains’. Futures of Work.
  3. Thomas, H & Turnbull, P, 2018, ‘From horizontal to vertical labour governance: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and decent work in global supply chains’. Human Relations, vol 71., pp. 536-559
  4. Pitts, FH, Bales, K & Thomas, H, 2018, ‘From the future of work to futures of work’. Futures of Work.
  5. Pitts, FH, Bales, K & Thomas, H, 2018, ‘To be a productive worker is not luck but misfortune’. Futures of Work. University of Bristol Press
  6. Thomas, H, 2018, ‘Decent Work in an Age of Globalisation: Governing Production Networks and the Changing Role of the International Labour Organization (ILO)’., PhD Thesis, Cardiff University
  7. Thomas, H, 2016, ‘Good Practices by Multinational Enterprises in the Promotion of Decent Work in the Global Tea Supply Chain’. International Labour Organization
  8. Thomas, H & Turnbull, P, 2013, ‘Mapping the Situation of the Ferry Trades in the Western Mediterranean Sea’. European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF)

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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