Dr Margaret Prior

Dr Margaret Prior

Lecturer in Human Resources Management

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Margaret has been a lecturer at the University since 2016, and worked as an Associate Lecturer and Doctoral Teaching Assistant here before taking up her current post.

Margaret came to academia after a career working for two major trade unions.


BA History, University of London

Postgraduate Certificate in Librarianship and Information Studies, Polytechnic of North London

Certificate in Trade Union Studies, University of Surrey

MA Industrial Relations, Keele University

PhD, University of Plymouth

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

Member of British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)



Teaching interests

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion at work and in society
  • Employment relations and the management of conflict at work
  • Employment law
  • International and comparative HRM



Research interests

  • Employment relations and the management of conflict
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly with regard to race / ethnicity and disability
  • Employment law, both individual and collective
  • Worker experiences and opinions on work

Conference and seminar papers

  • Prior, Margaret 'A command under the guise of a command? Towards a labour history of the British armed forces' British Universities Industrial Relations Association Labour History Group, November 2015
  • Prior, Margaret ' A life without limits? Control, consent and resistance in the British armed forces' employment relationship' 34th International Labour Process Conference, Athens, April 2016 - winner, best paper by a PhD student
  • Prior, Margaret 'We don’t want to talk about it: Perceptions of voice in the British armed forces' 35th International Labour Process Conference, Berlin, April 2016
  • Prior, Margaret 'Which way now? The direction(s) of research in HRM and Employment Relations' People, Organisations and Work seminar, University of Plymouth, April 2017
  • Prior, Margaret ' Changing work, not people: rethinking disability disclosure and inclusive employment' 4th Fairness at Work Conference, Manchester University Work and Equalities Institute, September 2018

Informal publications

Prior, M. (2017) 'Autistic academics give their thoughts on University life' The Conversation 10 February 2017 https://theconversation.com/autistic-academics-give-their-thoughts-on-university-life-72133

Prior, M. and Saundry, R. (2018) The potential impact of Brexit on employment rights and fairness at work University of Plymouth: iSPER Brexit Paper IV https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/uploads/production/document/path/10/10307/4._Brexit__employment_rights_and_fairness_at_work.pdf

Saundry, R., Wibberley, G. and Prior, M. (2015) The experiences of new activists Unison North West Organising Project: evaluation report (phase two)



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Prior M (2021) 'The Right to Strike in International Law, by JeffreyVogt, JaniceBellace, LanceCompa, K.D.Ewing, LordHendy QC, KlausLörcher and ToniaNovitz. Oxford/New York: Hart/Bloomsbury, 223 pp., ISBN: 9781509933556 (hardback), 9781509933570 (Epub). £65 hardback, £58.50 Ebook' British Journal of Industrial Relations 59, (2) 610-612 , DOI Open access
Other Publications

Book review: Prior, M (2021) The Right to Strike in International Law, by Jeffrey Vogt, Janice Bellace, Lance Compa, K.D. Ewing, Lord Hendy QC, Klaus Lörcher and Tonia Novitz. Oxford / New York: Hart / Bloomsbury British Journal of Industrial Relations 59(2): 610-612 DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12595