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Mohammed Ishaq is a Reader in Human Resource Management with expertise in the area of equality and diversity.  With a background also in social sciences, Mohammed has engaged in multidisciplinary research over the past 18 years spanning the disciplines of sociology, politics, and the wider discipline of business and management incorporating HRM.  Mohammed has published widely in peer reviewed journals and conducted consultancy for the Scottish Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Mohammed essentially engages in research of a practical and applied nature with implications for policymakers, societies, organizations and communities. Mohammed is also a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and has conducted research in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders both academic and non-academic including businesses, organisations in the public sector and third sector and voluntary organizations. Mohammed is a strong believer in research led teaching and teaches on courses that directly reflect his research interests and direction.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Equality and Diversity in the workplace, in communities and societies with specific focus on race, religion and gender. The key focus is on research that is topical, timely and attracts debate and discussion. Themes investigated within the aforementioned areas include: workforce diversity; discrimination and harassment; promotion and career progression; cross cultural management; recruitment and selection; equality laws and regulations; leadership; immigration; integration; and social cohesion.

Current research activities

  • Currently involved in the UWS-Oxfam Partnership research on ‘decent work’.  At present collecting data for this project
  • Recently completed a consultancy project funded by Renfrewshire Council that looks at the views of ethnic minorities living in Renfrewshire with specific focus on service provision and community engagement.
  • Working on 3 papers for submission to peer reviewed journals on the area of ethnic minorities and trade union membership, 'decent work' and local authorities, and gender equality in Saudi Arabia.

Desired research direction

To continue to carry out applied research with a policy-oriented focus. I believe in research that adds value and can influence policy and practice especially in the public sector in relation to equality, diversity, immigration and social inclusion. Given the nature of the research, which spans across a number of disciplines, multidisciplinary collaboration is welcome and has already been a feature of the research conducted to date.

Target collaborative organisations

Renfrewshire Council

Chartered Institute of Management (CMI)

Ministry of Defence

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Other areas of research interest and on which I would be available for knowledge exchange include: cross cultural management; international human resource management; and issues related to asylum, refuges and immigration.

External positions

Equality and Diversity Advisory Board Member, Scottish Football Association (SFA)

8 Jan 2017 → …

Fellow, Chartered Management Institute

Aug 2016 → …


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Research Output

Decent work: what matters most and who can make a difference?

Gibb, S. & Ishaq, M., 8 Apr 2020, In : Employee Relations. 42, 4, p. 845-861 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Fair and decent work in Scotland’s local authorities: evidence and challenges

    Gibb, S., Ishaq, M., Elliott, I. & Hussain, A. M., 6 Feb 2020, In : Public Money & Management. 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Scotland's Local Authorities: Still 'Bastions of Decent Work'?

    Ishaq, M., Gibb, S., Hussain, A. M., Collins, C. (ed.), Sims, R. (ed.) & Pautz, H. (ed.), Oct 2018, UWS-Oxfam Partnership. 18 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership, Collaborative Research Reports Series. Decent Work in Scotland: Thematic Report; no. 4)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • 'Decent Work': The Employers' View

    Gibb, S., Ishaq, M., Collins, C. (ed.), Pautz, H. (ed.) & Stuart, F. (ed.), May 2016, UWS-Oxfam Partnership. 8 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership, Collaborative Research Reports Series, Decent Work in Scotland: Thematic Report 2; no. 2)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
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