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.
The Moss Madden Medal. The 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 One 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.
“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
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
Budget 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
Chair of the Faculty Ethics Committee and member of General University Ethics Panel
PhD The Behavior and Location of Production and Non Production Employment in U.S. Manufacturing Plants, 1954 77 Harvard University
M.Sc. (Econ.): Awarded with Distinction, London School of Economics London School of Economics
B.A. in Economics and Financial Control Lancaster University
Event / Presentation
Economic Inactivity Literature Review . “Enabling Success” Consultation on a New Strategic Framework to Tackle Economic Inactivity in Northern Ireland – Driving Social Change Through Economic Participation
Multiple scarring effects of youth unemployment in UK. Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) conference 2014
Skills: Scotland's opportunity. Scottish Government Skills and Training Summit Scottish Government
Organiser and chair. Workshop on Ageing Workforce and Employabilitym funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh The Royal Society of Edinburgh
http://www.napier.ac.uk/…rchWorkshop.aspx An 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
Other Academic Activities
Participant in Rockefeller/ Volvo Research Foundation workshop on Access in Bellagio, Italy
Academy of Social Sciences
Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA)
Supervision of Research Assistants
Vanesa Fuertes (PhD supervisor)
Research assistants and PhD
Employment - Local Economic Development - Human Resource Management - Entrepreneurship - Public Sector Management - Public Private Partnership - Transport and development - Policy
McQuaid R (2017) The provision of skills information in Scotland and its governance – Skills Investment Plans and Regional Skills Assessments. In: Larsen C, Rand S, Schmid A, Nagel T, Hoess H (ed.). The Importance of Governance in Regional Labour Market Monitoring for Evidence-based Policy-making, Munich, Germany: Rainer Hampp Verlag, pp. 263-276.
Graham H, Egdell V, McQuaid R & Raeside R (2016) The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland – Tracking Study - Sweep 4 report
. Scottish Government - General. Social Research series, PPDAS72612 (05/16). Scottish Government.
Fuertes V & McQuaid R (2016) Personalized activation policies for the long-term unemployed: the role of local governance in the UK. In: Heidenreich M, Rice D (ed.). Integrating Social and Employment Policies in Europe: Active Inclusion and Challenges for Local Welfare Governance , Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 93-117.
Kristensen I, McQuaid R & Scherrer W (2015) Regional Innovation Policy and Public-Private Partnerships. In: Hilpert U (ed.). Routledge Handbook of Politics and Technology, London: Routledge, pp. 249-261.
McQuaid R & Bergmann A (2015) Sustainable Employment, Integration and Sustainable Energy Development
. In: Ahmed A (ed.). Green Behavior: Re-thinking Policy for Sustainability. World Sustainable Development, Outlook 2015, Brighton, Sussex: World Association for Sustainable Development, pp. 117-125.
Egdell V, Hollywood E & McQuaid R (2015) 11.2.4 Addressing the Issue of Unemployment among Disadvantaged Youth in Scotland: Developing the Capability for Work. In: Otto H-U, Atzmüller R, Berthet T, Bifulco L, Bonvin J-M, Chiappero-Martinetti E, Egdell V, Halleröd B, Kjeldsen CC, Kwiek M, Schröer R, Vero J, Zielenska M (ed.). Facing Trajectories from School to Work: Towards a Capability-Friendly Youth Policy in Europe. Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects, 20, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 248-256.
Bilfulco L, Egdell V, McQuaid R, Berthet T, Simon V, Monteleone R, Mozzana C, Rosenstein E, Dif-Pradalier M, Bonvin J, Hollywood E, Jensen NR, Kjeldsen CC, Sztandar-Sztanderska K & Zielenska M (2015) Capabilities for Voice, Work and Education: Critical Analysis of Programmes for Disadvantaged Young People in Europe. In: Otto H-U, Atzmüller R, Berthet T, Bifulco L, Bonvin J-M, Chiappero-Martinetti E, Egdell V, Halleröd B, Kjeldsen CC, Kwiek M, Schröer R, Vero J, Zielenska M (ed.). Facing Trajectories from School to Work. Towards a Capability-Friendly Youth Policy in Europe. Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects, 20, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 201-357.
Chiappero-Martinetti E, Egdell V, Hollywood E & McQuaid R (2015) Operationalisation of the Capability Approach. In: Otto H-U, Atzmüller R, Berthet T, Bifulco L, Bonvin J-M, Chiappero-Martinetti E, Egdell V, Halleröd B, Kjeldsen CC, Kwiek M, Schröer R, Vero J, Zielenska M (ed.). Facing Trajectories from School to Work. Towards a Capability-Friendly Youth Policy in Europe. Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects, 20, Dordrecht): Springer, pp. 115-139.