Sue Ledwith

Visiting Tutor MA International Labour and Trade Union Studies [full and part time]

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Sue Ledwith

Sue teaches Labour Studies and Women's Studies, at all levels, including short trade union courses. Sue researches and writes about women, and gender politics in trades unions, and has worked on ESRC funded projects.

Sue is currently leading a two-year research and development project, jointly with the General Federation of Trade Unions, and funded by the Union Modernisation Fund, about trade union leadership.

Sue runs a regular Round Table at Ruskin for trade union women activists and academic women researching in the field.

She works on union projects such as gender equality campaigning programme with Ukrainian public sector unions, and Ruskin's Webb Institute for Leadership in Democracy.

In addition the MA also benefits from tutoring by Visiting Fellows, for example from Denmark, Germany, Australia and Canada, and visiting speakers and researchers, including from the labour movement and NGOs.


2008 (forthcoming) Ledwith, S. ‘Encounters between gender and labour politics; towards an inclusive trade union democracy’; in Theory and scholarship in equality, diversity, inclusion and work: a research companion. Ed M. Ozbilgin: Edward Elgar Press.

2006 Ledwith, S. ‘The Future as Female? Gender, diversity and global labour solidarity’; in Phelan, C. (ed), The Future of Organised Labour; global perspectives. Bern: Peter Lang.

2006 Ledwith, S. ‘Feminist praxis in a trade union gender project’; Industrial Relations Journal. Vol 37:4, pp379-400

2006 Healy,G., Hansen, LL., and Ledwith,S. (Eds) ‘Special Issue on Gender and Industrial Relations’; Industrial Relations Journal. July Vol 37:4.

2006 Ledwith, S. The Future As Female? Gender, Diversity and Global Labour Solidarity, in Phelan, C. (ed) The Future of Organised Labour. Peter Lang.

2002 Colgan, F and Ledwith, S (Eds); ‘Gender, Diversity and Trade Unions: international perspectives’; Routledge.

2002 Colgan, F and Ledwith, S; ‘Adding in Gender Diversity: reshaping of trade union democracy’; Employee Relations. Vol. 24 No.2. 167-189

2001 Ledwith, S and Seymour, D; ‘Home and Away: preparing students for multicultural management’; International Journal of Human Resource Management. 12:8 December 1292-1312

2000 Darke, J, Ledwith, S, Woods, R (eds); ‘Women and the City: visibility and voice in urban space’; Palgrave.

1997 Mann,M., Ledwith,S., and Colgan,F. ‘Women's Self-organising and Union Democracy in the UK: Proportionality and Fair Representation in UNISON’; in Pocock,B.(ed) Strife; sex and politics in labour unions. St Leonards, Australia: Allen & Unwin.

1996 Ledwith, S and Colgan, F; ‘Women in Organisations: challenging gender politics’; Macmillan,

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