Professor Ronald McQuaid

Professor Ronald McQuaid

Professor of Work and Employment 01786 467323

Management Work and Organisation 3A25 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

Ronald McQuaid is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Stirling. His has a BA(Hons) from Lancaster University and an MSc(Econ) with distinction from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Harvard University. He has carried out work for many regional, national and supra-national bodies such as the European Commission, UK and Scottish Governments, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and various agencies and employers in the fields of employment, unemployment and economic development. He has written over 100 academic publications as well as many reports on employment and related issues.


  • “Extending working lives: age management in SMEs” published in Employee Relations has been selected by the journal’s Editorial Team as a Highly Commended Paper of 2013
  • The Moss Madden Medal.
    DescriptionThe Moss Madden Medal for the best paper by a member of the Regional Science Association (British and Irish) published in 2009.
  • One of the Top Fifty articles to have appeared in Emerald Management Reviews during 2004
    DescriptionOne of the Top Fifty articles to have appeared in Emerald Management Reviews during 2004 (out of 20,000), as chosen by the EMR independent review board. Lindsay, C. and R.W. McQuaid (2004) ‘Avoiding the ‘McJobs’: Unemployed Job Seekers and Attitudes to Service Work’, Work, Employment and Society, 18, 2, 296-319.
  • Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in Gender in Management.

Community Contribution

  • City and Guilds - Scotland Advisory Committee
  • Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Regional Labour Market Monitoring Network
  • Budget adviser to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee
    DescriptionBudget adviser to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee on the Scottish Government’s Budget Process, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Divisional/Faculty Contribution

  • Chair of the School Ethics Committee
    DescriptionChair of the School Ethics Committee


  • PhD The Behavior and Location of Production and Non Production Employment in U.S. Manufacturing Plants, 1954 77
    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Type of educationDoctorate
  • M.Sc. (Econ.): Awarded with Distinction, London School of Economics
    Type of educationMaster's degree (Postgraduate)
  • B.A. in Economics and Financial Control
    Economics, Management and Accounting
    Type of educationBachelor's degree


  • Workshop on Ageing Workforce and Employabilitym funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh
    DescriptionAn RSE fundedWorkshop to discuss the ageing workforce. Work is key to people's welfare, including that of older people.Across OECD countries a partial solution to ageing populations is to keep more of the older people in the labour market, such as by encouraging tapering retirement through pension changes and raising the age of retirement etc. Yet in terms of lack of employment one of the most vulnerable groups are those aged from 50 years to retirement age. This will affect people's quality of life in different ways, e.g. terms of different work-life balances and linking work and mental health. A key issue is also the vulnerability to unemployment of those aged beyond fifty years and forward ways of preventing detachment from the workplace. Guest participants included Professor David Bloom, Harvard University,Department of Population and International Health
    Type of eventWorkshop
    LocationEdinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh
    KeywordsAgeing, workforce

Other academic activities

  • Participant in Rockefeller/ Volvo Research Foundation workshop on Access in Bellagio, Italy

Professional membership

  • Academy of Social Sciences
  • Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA)

Supervision of Research Assistants

  • Vanesa Fuertes (PhD supervisor)
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