Alex Bryson

National Institute of Economic and Social Research, Centre for Economic Performance, UK

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Labor economics, Workplace employment relations, Industrial relations, Programme evaluation, Unions


United Kingdom


English - Native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio



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Current position

Head of Employment Group and Principal Research Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, UK

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the Workplace Employment Relations Survey Steering Committee

Past positions

Editor, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2005–2009; Wertheim Fellow, Harvard Law School and National Bureau of Economic Research, 2005–2006


PhD Sociology, University of Bristol, 2013

Selected publications

  • Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession: Findings from the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013 (with B. van Wanrooy, H. Bewley, J. Forth, L. Stokes, and S. Wood).

  • The Evolution of the Modern British Workplace. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (W. Brown, J. Forth, and K. Whitfield).

  • “What effect do unions have on wages now and would ‘what do unions do?’ be surprised.” In: Bennett, J.T., and B. E. Kaufman (eds). What Do Unions Do?: A Twenty-Year Perspective. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2007; pp. 79–113 (with D. Blanchflower).

  • Inside the Workplace: Findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. London: Routledge, 2006 (with B. Kersley, C. Alpin, J. Forth, H. Bewley, G. Dix, and S. Oxenbridge).

  • All Change at Work? London: Routledge, 2000 (with N. Millward and J. Forth).