Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Mr Peter Cressey




Chair of UK Work Organisation Network, used as national expert for European Commission, European Foundation and ILO.

Research interests

I have three primary areas of research. The first is enterprise governance and the changing face of employee participation, I have been active in this area since the 1970s undertaking key empirical/comparative research that have resulted in a large body of books, journal articles and research monographs. I have been used as a European expert in the field particularly by the ILO, European Commission, the European Foundation and SALTSA.

The second area of research has been that of work organisation, and changing labour market and employee relations. The studies here have again had both a domestic and international dimension. I have been the rapporteur on cross-national European studies for the European Foundation, led joint research of an Anglo-French nature and undertaken long-running extensive studies of the restructuring of the British banking industry.

The final research theme relates to changes in work organisation and organisational learning. I was European Scientific Co-ordinator of a large multi-national Leonardo project on The Role of Social Partnership in the development of Human Resource Development. Also commissioned by CEDEFOP (the EU training Agency) to edit a book on European Developments in Organisational Learning. Founding Director and currently Chair of the UK Work Organisation Network this is a European Commission funded network of leading work organisational academics and practitioners.

Current Funded Research includes a Knowledge Transfer Project BANES/PCT ‘From the ground Up’ Developing new employee performance measures with BANES Primary Care Trust. And European Social Fund (UK Work Organisation Network - Development of South West Learning Network and funding for research on partnership and work life balance. Undertaking a large scale survey of Bristol City Council on Work Life Balance.



Cressey, P., Boud, D. and Docherty, P., eds., 2006. Productive Reflection at Work: Learning for changing organizations. Routledge.

Cressey, P., Nyhan, B., Kelleher, M., Tomassini, M. and Poell, R., 2003. Facing up to the Learning Organisation Challenge.Vol. 1 and 2. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. (Cedefop Reference series; 41-1)

Lawson, C. and Cressey, P., 1997. Technical assistance for further development of the concept of labour market research for the Research Institute of Labour, Social Affairs and the Family. Office for International Policy Services.

Book Sections

Cressey, P., 2009. Employee Participation. In: Gold, M., ed. Employment Policy in the European Union: Origins Themes and Prospects. London: Palgrave, pp. 139-159.

Cressey, P. and Kelleher, M., 2003. The Conundrum of the Learning Organisation - Instrumental and Emancipatory Theories of Learning. In: Nyhan, B., Cressey, P., Kelleher, M. and Poell, R., eds. Learning Organisations: European perspectives, theories and practices. Luxemburg: CEDEFOP, 93--107.

Cressey, P., 2003. The Influence of the European Union. In: Towers, B., ed. The Handbook of employment relations, law and practice. London: Kogan Page, 24--41.


Farr, M. and Cressey, P., 2015. Understanding staff perspectives of quality in practice in healthcare. BMC Health Services Research, 15 (123).

Cressey, P., Totterdill, P. and Exton, R., 2013. Workplace social dialogue as a form of ‘productive reflection’. International Journal of Action Research, 9 (2), pp. 209-245.

Cressey, P., Gold, M. and Leonard, E., 2007. Whatever Happened to Social Dialogue? From Partnership to Managerialism in the EU Employment Agenda. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 13 (1), pp. 7-25.

Cressey, P., Nyhan, B., Kelleher, M., Tomassini, M. and Poell, R., 2004. European Perspectives on the Learning Organisation. Journal of European Industrial Training, 28, 67--92.


Cressey, P., Totterdill, P., Exton, R. and Terstriep, J., 2015. Stimulating, Resourcing and Sustaining Social Innovation:Towards a New Mode of Public Policy Production and Implementation.Vol. 3. Working Paper. Gelsenkirchen: SIMPACT Working Paper Series. (SIMPACT Working Paper Series)

Farr, M., Cressey, P., Milner, S. E., Abercrombie, N. and Jaynes, B., 2014. Proving the value of advice:A study of the advice service of Bath and North East Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau. South West Forum.

Cressey, P., Milner, S., Farr, M., Abercrombie, N. and Jaynes, B., 2014. IPR Policy Brief - Proving the value of advice: a study of the impact of Citizens' Advice Bureau services. University of Bath.

Cressey, P., 2008. UK industrial relations 2020: Foresight report for European Foundation. European Foundation.

Cressey, P., 2008. Understanding employee resilience: A concept paper. CBI/UKWON.

Conference or Workshop Items

Farr, M. and Cressey, P., 2010. Public service employee and user collaboration: creating change from the ground up. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2010, 2010-04-07.

Farr, M. and Cressey, P., 2008. Struggling to participate in public services: workers, users, citizens and managers. In: Dilemmas for Human Services, 12th International Research Conference, 2008-09-11 - 2008-09-12.

Farr, M., Cressey, P. and Purcell, J., 2007. How do staff know they are doing a good job? Developing performance management and measurement in a Primary Care Trust. In: Performance and Reward Conference, 2007-03-29.

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