Professor Alan Felstead has degrees from the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and Imperial College, University of London. He has held positions at Nuffield College, University of Oxford and the University of Leicester. Since 2006 he has been Research Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. He has additionally been a Co-director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) since 2022. His research focuses on: the quality of work; training, skills and learning; non-standard employment; and the spaces and places of work. Professor Felstead has completed numerous funded research projects (including 18 funded by the Economic and Social Research Council), produced eight books, and written over 250 journal articles, book chapters, research reports and discussion papers. He has generated over £12.2 million of research funding from, for example, the ESRC, UK government departments, devolved administrations, the European Union and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). He has delivered many keynote addresses to conferences around the world, including China, Singapore, South Africa, Australia and Europe.
He has given written and oral evidence to inquiries on labour market issues carried out, for example, by the Department of Work and Pensions Select Committee, the House of Lords, the Cabinet Office, the Scottish Parliament and Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament. His latest book, Remote Working: A Research Overview, was published in 2022 by Routledge. According to one reviewer, it is ‘a must read for anyone interested in how the changing location of work affects our lives’, while according to another ‘this excellent book gives an accessible yet thoroughly research-based account of the key issues’.
His other books have also drawn praise. Unequal Britain at Work, was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. It was rated as ‘impressive for its timespan, depth and rigour’, while offering a ‘welcome’ and ‘nuanced empirical analysis… very relevant to policy debate’. Improving Working as Learning, London: Routledge, 2009, won the Society for Educational Studies Highly Recommended prize for books published that year.
He has been Visiting Professor at the Centre for Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES), UCL Institute of Education, a Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2011 and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW) in 2013. He is also a Senior Member of the ESRC’s Peer Review College. In 2018-2019 he sat on the Welsh Government’s Fair Work Commission as the Independent Expert Advisor and during 2019-2020 he was on part-time secondment to Welsh Government.Alan Felstead Bio