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Professor Jonathan Winterton

Work & Employment

Curtin University Sarawak



Jonathan Winterton is Professor of Work and Employment and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Humanities at Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia. He was formerly Professor of Employment at Toulouse Business School, where he served ten years as Director of Research and five years as Director of International Affairs. His current research includes: competence and high involvement work; employment and training policy; and restructuring and precarious work.

After an apprenticeship in engineering, he gained a BSc (First Class Hons) in Industrial Technology from Bradford, an MSc (Econ) in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Leeds. He was Lecturer in Industrial Technology at Bradford University and then Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations at Bradford School of Management before being appointed to his first Chair as Professor of Employment and founding Director of the Employment Research Institute in Edinburgh in 1997; he moved to Toulouse in 2000.

Jonathan has been undertaking research on employment issues for more than 30 years, often in association with the trade unions and European Commission agencies, and has managed over 50 research projects, many of an international character. Among his most well-known works are Coal Crisis and Conflict: The 1984-85 Miners’ Strike in Yorkshire (Manchester University Press, 1989) and Developing Managerial Competence (Routledge, 1999), both written with Ruth Winterton. He is currently editing (with Mark Stuart) Trade Union Strategies for Competence Development, a book comparing union-led learning in eight European countries, which will be published by Routledge.