Dr Anna Paraskevopoulou

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Business Management , Human Resources Management , International Business

Dr Anna Paraskevopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Leadership and course leader for our BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management.



Anna studied for her PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Afterwards, she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University. Whilst there she conducted research at European, National and local levels on the labour market, employment relations and organisational studies. More specifically, she worked on precarious work; migration including undocumented migration and human trafficking; equality and diversity; disadvantage and discrimination in the labour market; and trade unions. Her latest research is an impact study on young people entering the Arts sector.

Her research interests include equality and diversity; the meaning of work; employment relations; young people; migration. She has researched and lectured on these topics over the last 15 years.

Research interests

  • The meaning of work
  • Equality and diversity
  • Disadvantage and discrimination in the labour market
  • Leadership and alternative forms of leadership
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Trade unions
  • Migration

Areas of research supervision

Anna is currently supervising the following theses:

Internal supervisor

  • Workplace selection preferences of Hungarian engineering students and early careers engineers
  • Diversity and equality within the Financial Service sector

External supervisor

  • Globalisation and student mobility in higher education: a comparative study between Indian and Italian students in the UK
  • How telecoms engineers experience performance management in the hidden abode of production of Tel-Co, a telecommunications company
  • 'New Ethnicities' - the cultural politics of BME Networks
  • Union activism: an exploration of the differential consequences of staff and freelance
  • An analysis of the effect of the Employment Related Support Service Procurement Framework has had on unemployment provision in Britain


BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management


  • PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • MA, University of Bradford, UK
  • BA (Hons), University of Reading
  • PGCert, London Metropolitan University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

  • Member of British Sociological Association

  • Member of Critical Management Studies

  • Member of British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

  • Member of Critical Labour Studies network

  • Reviewer for the following academic journals: Mobilities; Ethnic and Racial Studies; International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2012-2016 - Arts Award Longitudinal Impact Study, funded by the Arts Council England and Trinity College London: the focus of this research is on young people in the arts – research partner
  • 2014–2016 - Regulation of labour market intermediaries and the role of social partners in preventing trafficking of labour, funder by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – research partner
  •  2015 - Working Conditions, Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue in the EU, funder by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – research partner
  • 2014-2016 – UNIVERSITARIA Project - school of university didactics and advanced scientific research, funded through an ESF fund – Coordinating partner and researcher
  • 2011-2012 - Precarious work and social rights, funded by the European Commission, Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities: a Europe wide project with a twelve country partnership – Project coordination and research
  • 2010-2011 - Precarious Work in agriculture, hospitality and food, funded by the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT): Lead researcher and coordination
  • 2009-2010 - Internationalisation and innovation in the service sector:  the role of international migrants and UK (London) Hotels, funded by ESRC - Research and coordination
  • 2008-2009 - Mapping study on the trade union and NGO practices in fighting discrimination and promoting diversity, funded by DG Employment at the European Commission: Coordination team and research; National expert for Greece
  • 2008-2009 - The impact of the Racial Equality Directive: a survey of trade unions and employers in the Member States of the European Union, funded by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) - National expert for Greece.
  • 2008-2009 - Undocumented Migrant Transitions (UWT), funded by the EU Sixth Framework Programme:  Research
  • 2007-2009 - PIQUE: Privatisation of Public Services and the Impact on Quality, Employment and Productivity, EU Sixth Framework Programme: UK in depth case studies - Research
  • 2007 - Employment, Skills and Training Needs of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Recent Migrants in Haringey, funded by Haringey Council - Research
  • 2006 - 2007 - Significance of Migrant Workers in Mid and West Essex, funded by the Essex Development and Regeneration Agency (EXDRA) - Lead research
  • 2005-2006 - Disadvantage and Discrimination in London’s labour market, funded by London O3 – LSC Pan London ESF Objective 3 Co-Financing Programme - Lead research
  • 2004-2005 - Anti-Social Behaviour in London: Setting the context for the London Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy, funded by the GLA, London: Research

Selected recent publications

Paraskevopoulou, A., and McKay, S. (2015) Workplace Equality in Europe: The Role of Trade Unions, Routledge

Markova, E., Paraskevopoulou, A., Williams, A.M and Shaw, G. (2013) Migrant workers in small London hotels: Employment, recruitment and distribution, European Urban and Regional Studies, 23 (3). pp. 406-421

Paraskevopoulou, A., Markova, E., Williams, A.M, Shaw, G. (2012) 'Migration and Innovation at the Bottom End: Understanding the Role of Migrant Managers in Small Hotels in the Global City', Mobilities, 7 (3), pp. 389-414.

McKay, S., Markova, E. and Paraskevopoulou, A. (2011) Undocumented Workers' Transitions: Legal Status, Migration, and Work in Europe, Routledge: New York

Paraskevopoulou, A. 2011, ’Undocumented Worker Transitions – Family Migration’, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 31 issue ½

Paraskevopoulou, A. and Beutel, M. (2011) ‘Tackling Discrimination, Disadvantage and Disengagement in London’s labour market’ in Wright, T. and Conley, H (eds), Handbook of Discrimination at Work, Gower Publishers 

Recent Book Reviews

Paraskevopoulou, A. (2016), Joined book review of Sharon Louden (Ed) Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists and Manos Spyridakis The Liminal Worker: An Ethnography of Work, Unemployment and Precariousness in Contemporary Greece in Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 30 (5) 899-905

Paraskevopoulou, A. (2012), book review of Richardson M and Nichols P. (2011) A Business and Labour History of Britain, Palgrave, in Labour History Vol 53, Issue 4, 2012

New Media

2006, Production and editing of 3DsLondon web-based database, Working Lives Research Institute – the website is catalogued by the UK Web Archive, British Library http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/target/9175100/source/subject

2002, Production and editing of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), London School of Economics website

1995, Production of ‘COFIA: Electronic Library of Byzantine History and Art’, Lambrakis Research Foundation

Recent presentations and conferences

2017, How do you get your foot in the door?  Hiring discrimination and the role of Trade Unions across countries, Special Issue International Journal of Manpower and conference on "Hiring Discrimination: Measures, Moderators and Mechanisms", Sweden, August 2017 (with Dr. Sunrita Dhar-Bhattacharjee)

2017, Workplace equality in Europe: the role of trade unions, 10th International Critical Management Conference, Liverpool, July 2017

2016, Regulation of labour market intermediaries and the role of social partners in
preventing trafficking of labour
11th ILERA European Regional Congress, Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, Milan, Italy, September 2016 (with Andrea Fromm)

2016, The migration picture in the East of England, INTERPART project conference

2015, Gender and Precarious work, International Labour Process Conference, Athens

Media experience

Press Conference, European trade union EFFAT, presentation of interim results of the project on precarious work, Brussels, June 2011

Migration in Essex, Radio Interview, BBC Radio Essex, David Monk Programme, 13 December 2007