Dr Mike Rigby

Mike Rigby

Mike Rigby is Deputy Director of the Centre for International Business. Mike was educated at Hull University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been employed in Employee Relations at Esso Petroleum, as Director of the South London Training Centre for Small Firms, and Researcher and Lecturer at the London South Bank University. As well as the LSBU he is currently employed as lecturer by Carlos III University, Madrid.

Mike's main research interest is employment relations. In recent years, research involvement in this area has included a focus on trade unions and training, trade union strategies, employment relations in small firms, occupational health and safety, and, most recently, work life balance. He has a particular interest in employment relations in Spain and Iberamerica.

Mike is a referee for the following journals- British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations Journal, Employee Relations., Southern Development and Planning. He has also acted as a referee for the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, and the Health Development Agency, the International Journal of Iberian Studies and the Journal of Common Market Studies.


Mike is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the British Universities Industrial Relations Association and the Accounting, Auditing Research Centre (Brunel University)




Contact details for Mike Rigby



M. Rigby, T. Lawlor, R. Llorca (1990)White Collar Trade Unionism, Ministry of Labour, Valencia,  pp. 1-167.

Editor, European Trade Unions and Change, (1996) vols 1-3 DGV, European Commission,  pp. 1-468.

Editor, (with R. Serrano del Rosal) (1997) European Trade Union Strategies, Social and Economic Council, Madrid,  pp. 1-313.

Editor, (with T. Lawlor) Contemporary Spain (1998), Longman,, pp. 1-416.

Editor, (with R. Smith and T. Lawlor)(1999) European Trade Unions, Routledge,, pp. 1-238.

Editor with A Pendleton, C Brewster and R Smith (2002)- The Policies and Views of Peak Organizations on Financial Participation (National Study for UK, The European Foundation, April for Working and Living Conditions, Dublin

with Robin Jarvis (2011) - The Provision of HR/Employment Advice to SMEs: the role of Small and Medium Accountancy Practitioners, Research report 123, ACCA.

Chapters in Books

1. Two chapters in European Trade Union Strategies,(1997) Social and Economic Council, Madrid:
i) Trade Union Strategies in a Globalised Sector' pp. 225-283
ii) (with R. Smith) 'European Trade Union Strategies' pp. 29-49. Joint Role

2. 'Education and Employment in Spain: A Labour Market in Transition' (1998) in Contemporary Spain, Longman,  pp. 203-245

3. Three chapters in "European Trade Unions",(1999) Routledge:
i) 'Approaches to the Contemporary Role of Trade Unions' pp. 18-38
ii) 'Electronics' pp. 54-103
ii) 'Conclusions' (with R. Smith and M. Pérez Yruela), pp. 217-228

4. 'Trade Unions in Spain' in Encyclopedia of Spanish Culture,(1999) Routledge.

5. 'The Changing Impact and Strength of the Labour Movement in the Advanced Societies' (with C Brewster and R Smith) in M Harcourt and G Wood 'Trade Unions and Democracy: Strategies and Perspectives',(2004) Manchester University Press

6. 'Trade Union Democracy: the dynamics of different forms' ( M Flynn, C Brewster and R Smith) in M Harcourt and G Wood 'Trade Unions and Democracy: Strategies and Perspectives', (2004) Manchester University Press

7. 'European Trade Unionism: Convergences and Divergences' (with Roger Smith) in P Beneyto 'Trade Union membership in Europe: Models and Strategies', Germania, 2004

8. 'Tendencias en la Sociologia y en la Sociologia del Trabajo en el Reino Unido' in 'La Investigacion y la Ensenanza de la Sociologia del Trabajo' (2010), Germania.

9. 'Formacion' with Yolanda Ponce Sanz (2011) - in M Gonzales Menendez, M Martinez Lucio, and R Gutierrez Palacios (eds) Recursos Humanos, Civitas.

10. 'Propuestas para mejorar la formación para el empleo en España' with Yolanda Ponce (2012) in Anuario 2012, Fundación 1er de Mayo


Refereed Journals

M Rigby and M-A Garcia Calavia (2014) - The Development of Extra- Judicial Systemsof Collective Conflict Resolution in Southern Europe: understanding the impact of the Spanish system, European Journal of Industrial Relations

M Rigby and R Jarvis (2012) - The provision of HR and Employment Advice to SMEs: the role of Small and Medium Sized Accountancy Practitioners,  International Small Business Journal,

M Rigby and F O'Brien Smith (2010)- Trade union interventions in work life balance  Work , Employment and Society, 24,2,1-18

M Rigby and F O'Brien Smith - The work life balance strategies of USDAW - Mobilizing collective voice Industrial Relations Journal, 41,3, 206-217, 2010

M Rigby, F O'Brien Smith, S Contrepois (2009) - The Establishment of New Works Councils, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 15,1, 71-90

M Rigby (2008) - The intervention of the Spanish trade unions in the system of continuous training (1993-2007), Arxius, 18, June, 75-92

M Rigby - 'The involvmement of Spanish Trade Unions in the Continuous Training System 1993-2007, in Arxius, forthcoming May,2008.

M Rigby and E Sanchis - 'The Social Construction of Skill' in the European Journal of Vocational Training,31,2006

M Rigby 'Work-life balance: a useful concept?' - Trabajo, No. 13, Jan-June 2004

M Rigby and E Sanchis - 'The Concept of Skill and the Spanish Labour Market, International Journal of Iberian Studies, 17, 1, 2004

M Rigby and T Lawlor - 'Continuous Training', Revista de Economia y Sociologia, No. 51, 2004

M Rigby 'Training in Spain: an Evaluation of the Continuous Training Agreements', 1993-2001, Human Resource Development International, 7, 1, 2004

M Rigby, R Smith, A Pendleton and C Brewster - Financial participation:the policies of employers' associations, trade unions and investor asociations, Human Resources and Employment Review, 1, 2, 2003, pp 68-72

M Rigby, "Spanish Trade Unions and the Provision of Continuous Training: Partnership at a distance", Employee Relations, 24, 5, 2002, pp500-515

M Rigby and T A Lawlor " The Spanish Labour Market - the Quest for flexibility" Journal of the Association of Contemporary Iberian Studies, 14, 3, pp 168-178, 2001

M Rigby and M L Marco Aledo "The Worst Record in Europe?: A Comparative Analysis of Industrial Conflict in Spain" European Journal of Industrial Relations, 7, 3, pp 287-305, 2001

M. Rigby and T. Lawlor 'Health and Safety in Small Firms' International Small Business Journal, 19, 2, pp31-48, 2001,

M. Rigby, T. Lawlor and S. Perez 'The role of intermediaries in Health and Safety in SMEs, Revista de Economia y Sociologia, December, 2000,

M. Rigby, R. Smith 'Trade Union Responses in a Globalised Environment', Industrial Relations Journal, 30, 1, 1999 p 2-15.

M. Rigby, R. Smith, T. Lawlor 'Trade Union Responses to a Changing Environment', Transfer, vol. 4, 1, Spring 1998, pp. 115-129.

M. Rigby 'Force of Labour: a review', Industrial Relations Journal 28, 1, 1997, pp. 74-76

M. Rigby, T. Lawlor 'Spanish Trade Unions 1986-1993', Industrial Relations Journal 25, 4, 1994 pp. 258-271,

M. Rigby, T. Lawlor 'White Collar Trade Unionism' in ACIS (Journal of the Association of Contemporary Iberian Studies), 4, 2, Autumn 1991, pp. 37-46.

M. Rigby 'Co-operatives: A Review' Industrial Relations Journal, 21, 1, Spring 1990, pp. 70-72

M. Rigby, T. Lawlor 'Contemporary Spanish Trade Unions', Industrial Relations Journal , 7, 3, Autumn 1986, pp. 249-265.

M Rigby , B Harrison, C Vogler"The Decision to enter Higher Education", Higher Education, 6, 1977, pp. 453-76. Joint Role

Refereed Conference Papers

Mike Rigby and Miguel Angel Garcia Calavia (2015) Embeddedness as a renewal strategy; the case of Spain, International Labour process Conference, Athens

 Mike Rigby and Miguel Angel Garcia Calavia (2012)- Extra-judicial systems of collective conflict resolution - the experience of Spain, International Labour Process Conference, Stockholm 

Mike Rigby and Robin Jarvis (2010) - The Provison of HR/Employment Advice to SMEs - the role of Small and Medium Accountancy Practitioners,ISBE Conference, London

Mike Rigby and Robin Jarvis (2010) -  We Trust our Accountant with Anything. CIPD Centres Conference, Keele

Mike Rigby (2009) -  Tendencies in Sociology and the Sociology of Work in the UK, Spanish Sociological Association -Sociology of Work Conference, Valencia.

M Rigby with Luigi Stirpe, Celia Zarraga and Jaime Bonache Perez (2008) The Role of High Performance Work Systems in Small Firms, ACEDE National Conference, Leon.

M Rigby and Fiona O'Brien Smith - The work life balance strategies of USDAW: mobilizing collective voice, International Industrial Relations Association (Europe) Conference, 2007

M Rigby and Fiona O'Brien Smith - Union Interventions in Work Life Balance, International labour process Conference, 2007

M Rigby, C Brewster and R Smith - Different forms of democracy in Trade Unions, IERA Conference, September 2003

M Rigby and Enric Sanchis, The Concept of Skill in Contemporary Labour Markets, Association of Contemporary Iberian Studies, September, 2002

M Rigby , "Training in Spain: An Evaluation of the Continuous Training Agreements 1993-2001, Association of Contemporary Iberian Studies, September, 2001

M. Rigby, 'Trade Unions and Training' Global HRM Conference (Cranfield/Esade) June 2001

M. Rigby and M. L. Marco 'Industrial Conflict in Spain', Association of Contemporary Iberian Studies, 1999

M. Rigby, R. Smith, T. Lawlor, R. Morillo Balado 'Trade Union Responses to Change in Europe', British Universities' Industrial Relations Association, 1996. Published (see Transfer, 1998 above).

M. Rigby, S. Kreuzer, V. Trigo 'Project Studies', European Association for Intrenational Education, 1995.

M. Rigby, T. Lawlor 'Trade Union Options Since the Death of Franco', Iberian Social Studies Association, 1985.

 Non-refereed Papers (Conferences)

M Rigby- Trade Unions and Work Life Balance, EESRC seminar on Work Life Balance in Recession, Warwick, July, 2014 

M Rigby - Work and Employment in Spain, Symposium on Work in Europe , Glasogw University/Alliance Francaise/Goethe Institute, Swiss Embassy,2013

M Rigby - Third Party Intervention; the European Context, Conference of Third Party Intervention in Collective Conflict, University of Valencia, 2012

M Rigby -  The role of social partners in continued vocational training in the UK and Spain, CEDEFOP-Eurofound joint seminar on social dialogue and training, Thessaloniki,2009

M Rigby - Work life balance in Public Services , Conference organized by the Town Hall of Barcelona, 2005

M Rigby 'Work-life balance: a useful concept? Conference on Work-life balance: Autonomous University of Barcelona, January 2004

M Rigby " The Use of Training in Collective Bargaining" - Summer School of Comisiones Obreras, Valencia, September, 2003

M Rigby 'Approaching Employment Relations Research in Spain', BUIRA Comparative Employment Relations, Kingston Univ., May 2003

M Rigby "Spanish Employment Relations in an EU Context" Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, 2003

M Rigby "Recent Public Initiatives in Continuous Training in the UK", University of Valencia, October 2002

M. Rigby 'EU Training Programmes and SMEs', International University of Menendez Pelayo, Valencia 1993

M. Rigby 'Flexible Training Materials for SMEs', ADEIT, Valencia, 1992

M. Rigby 'Training Needs Identification', Manpower Services Commission, London, 1989

M. Rigby, T. Lawlor, R. Smith 'European Trade Unions', European Centre, Oxford Brookes University, 1996

M. Rigby, T. Lawlor 'Current Trends in Trade Unionism in the UK', Institute of Advanced Social Studies, Cordoba, Spain, 1995

M. Rigby, R. Smith 'Recent Changes in UK Trade Unions', Roskilde University, Denmark, 1995

M. Rigby, T. Lawlor 'Trade Unionism in Spain', London School of Economics Postgraduate Seminar, 1992

M. Rigby Eurolink Project Report for EU China Desk, University of Macau, 1996

M. Rigby Eurolink Project Report for EU China Desk, University of Macau, 1993

M. Rigby Training Needs of Small Firms, IMPIVA, 1990

M. Rigby The Brokerage Role, Training Agency, 1989

M. Rigby The Wandsworth Local Collaboration Project, MSC, 1986


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