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Prof Ian Fitzgerald


Department: Newcastle Business School

He has been widely published in the field of Polish migrant workers and is regularly invited to lecture and present at universities across the UK and internationally. In addition to Polish migrant workers Ian has published and taught across a wide range of subjects including employee relations, project management, team dynamics and reward management. He is currently researching industrial relations in the engineering construction industry and its interplay with regulation at a national and European level. This research led to him recently fulfilling the role of national UK expert for the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers with regard to the posting of workers Directive. As well as leading a UK team of national experts investigating workers’ rights in the subcontract chain for the European Commission. He joined the University in 1998 after owning his own printing business in the City of London.

Campus Address

City Campus East 1
2nd Floor, room 207b
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Industrial Relations PhD April 07 2014
  • MSc June 30 1992
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016
  • Other (please specify) Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The changing nature of labour regulation: the distinctiveness of the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry, Clarke, L., Fitzgerald, I. 1 Mar 2020, In: Industrial Relations Journal
  • Trade Unions and the 2016 UK European Union Referendum, Fitzgerald, I., Beadle, R., Rowan, K. 27 Jan 2020, In: Economic and Industrial Democracy
  • Brexit and the Polish ‘community’ in the North of England, Fitzgerald, I. 15 Jun 2017
  • Central and Eastern European Accession: Changing Perspectives on Migrant Workers, Fitzgerald, I., Smoczyński, R. Oct 2017, In: Social Policy and Society
  • Posted Workers Rights in the Subcontract Chain: A UK Context, Fitzgerald, I. May 2017
  • The intelligentsia informed habitus in social distance strategies of Polish migrants in the UK, Smoczynski, R., Fitzgerald, I., Zarycki, T. 3 May 2017, In: Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • The UK labour market and immigration: What a difference ten years makes, Fitzgerald, I., Smoczyński, R. 2017, Immigrants and the labour markets: Experiences from abroad and Finland, Turku, Abo Akademi University Press
  • Blacklisting in the construction industry: its history, context and implications, Clarke, L., Fitzgerald, I. 29 Jun 2016
  • British exit (Brexit) Really? The Influence of Migrant Workers and the Financial Crisis, Fitzgerald, I. 27 Jun 2016
  • Difficulties in gauging wages and earnings: the example of the post-war British construction industry, Clarke, L., Fitzgerald, I. Nov 2016

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Lesley-Ann Gunton Exploring the role of UK public sector managers in rewarding their employees: A self-determination theory perspective Start: 02/03/2015

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