Peter Prowse

Professor in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Sheffield Hallam University

Peter Prowse

Peter Prowse is the Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations.  He holds a BA (Hons) Industrial Relations and Law from the University of Kent, an MSc Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Leeds University.

He has significant business experience in both human resource management (HRM) and employment relations having worked for the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), and roles in Training and Development and a Recruitment Specialist. He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His interests are human resource management, global employment relations, global negotiation and management, the living wage and public sector management. He has published widely and his articles have appeared in Work, Employment and Society, Industrial Relations Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Research, Personnel Review, International Journal of Public Sector Management,International Journal of Performance and Productivity and Managing Business Excellence. 

His specialist areas of interest are Employment  Relations and sustainability;  Human Resource Management performance; Negotiation skills in International Business and Low Pay and the Living wage.

Currently researching gender in trade unions leadership and mentoring senior women in UK trade unions. Researching into the living wage in Care Homes, Living wage for non-footballers in Premier League Clubs and Living  wage campaigns for low paid workers.

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Current Research Projects
Living wage Guest co-editor on special issues on Low Pay and the Living Wage for Labour and Industry and more recently to guest and co-edit a special edition on the Living Wage in Employee Relations.  Living wage in UK Living wage Guest co-editor on special issues on Low Pay and the Living Wage for Labour and Industry and more recently to guest and co-edit a special edition on the Living Wage in Employee Relations.

1.Special Edition  on Living wage in Labour and Society see 2.Special Issue Low Pay and the Living Wage in Employee Relations see: Vol. 39, No. 6 (2017) and it is all open access on

Recent Publications

Recent Journals
Prowse, P. and Prowse,J. (2010)  `Whatever Happened To Human Resource Management Performance? ` International journal of Performance and Productivity, 59, 2:145-162.

Prowse, J. and Prowse, P. (2015) ` Flexible working and work-life balance: Midwives’ experiences        and views', Work, Employment and Society, 29, 5: 757-774.                 doi: 10.1177/0950017015570724

Fells, R, Rogers, H, Prowse, P. and Ott, U. (2015) `Unravelling Business Negotiations: Understanding How To Achieve Satisfactory Outcomes`, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 8, 2:55-72. doi: 10.1111/ncmr.12050

Parker, J. , Arrowsmith, J.,  Fells, R and Prowse, P. (2016) `The living wage: contexts, concepts and future concerns`, Editorial, Labour & Industry. Special Issue Low pay and the Living Wage – Comparing Concepts, Practice and Evidence, 26, 1: 1-7.  doi:10.1080/10301763.2016.1154671

Prowse, P. and Fells, R. (2016) `The Living Wage in the UK - An Analysis of the GMB Campaign in       Local Government`, Labour & Industry. 26, 1:58-73.  doi:10.1080/10301763.2016.1146529

Prowse, P. and Fells, R. (2016) `The Living Wage-Policy and Practice` Industrial Relations Journal. 47, 2: 144-162. doi: 10.1111/irj.12132

Ott, U., Prowse, P., Fells, R. and Rogers, H. (2016) The DNA of Negotiations as a Set Theoretic Concept: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis, Journal of Business Research. 69, 9:  3561–

Prowse, P., Fells, R., Arrowsmith J.,Parker, J .and Lopes, A. (2017) `Editorial: Low Pay and the Living Wage: An International Perspective`, Employee Relations (39, 6: 778-784)doi; 10.1108/ER-08-2017-0185

Prowse, P., Fells, R. and Lopes, A. (2017) ` Community and Union led Living Wage Campaigns - A Comparative Analysis`, Employee Relations (39, 6: 825-839)

Book Chapters
Prowse, P. and Prowse, J. (2010) `The Dilemma of Performance Appraisal`, in Paulo Taticchi (ed) Business Performance Measurement and Management: New Contexts, Themes and Challenges, Springer: Heidelberg. ISBN: 978-3-642-04799-2.     

Fells, R. and Prowse, P.(2016) `Negotiations in the Workplace: Overcoming the Problem of Asymmetry  `. In Elgoibar, P., Euwema, M., & Munduate, L.  (Ed)   Building trust and constructive conflict Management in Organizations. The Netherlands: Springer International. ISBN 978-3-319-31473-0

Notable Media coverage
Peter has commented on employee relations and low pay issues in the Guardian, Observer and on BBC Radio Leeds and on the doctors' strike on BBC Radio Sheffield. Most recently he has commentated on low pay for non-footballing staff in the Premier league with Professor Tony Dobbins in .

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