Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

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Professor David Farnham

  • Qualifications: BA, MSc (London), DLitt (Portsmouth), FAcSS, FCIPD, FRSA
  • Role Title: Professor of Employment Relations Emeritus
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844110
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  • Department: Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I was appointed the first Professor of Employment Relations globally and am now an Emeritus Professor in the University. I’m involved in a range of professional, research and consultancy activities in employment relations and HRM.  For example, I’ve held a number of roles in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and am currently its Chief Examiner for Human Resource Management in Context in its Advanced Level Qualifications M-level framework. I’m also active in a number of external consultancy roles, mainly in the not-for-profit sector. I have been Visiting Professor University of Greenwich, Visiting Professor University of East London, Visiting Senior Research Fellow University of South Wales, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium. I was Co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration, Personnel Policies Study Group, Brussels, a member of its Advisory Board, and am a member of the editorial board of Women in Society. In addition to my mainstream academic and consultancy work in the field of employment relations and HRM, I’m actively involved in a number of public-service and corporate governance roles. I’m currently a trustee of a hospice, a member of a land access forum, and have experience as a harbour commissioner for a trust port, a trustee of a social enterprise, and a board member of a housing association.  I have also been chair of a local authority independent remuneration panel for the allowances and expenses of council members and a member of a local authority standards committee. I have wide experience as an external examiner, including at doctoral level, and participate in quality assurance activities internationally. In March 2016, I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching activities are dissertation supervision and presenting master-classes in comparative HRM and employment relations. 


My current research interests are changing patterns of employment relations internationally, HRM in public services, and the impact of public management reform on HRM and employment relations. My research in progress includes updating a book on the changing contexts of HRM, nationally and internationally.


Research profile

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