Alex Bryson

University College London, UK, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Labor economics, Workplace employment relations, Industrial relations, Programme evaluation, Unions


United Kingdom


English - Native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio



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Current position

Professor of Quantitative Social Science, Department of Social Science, University College London, Institute of Education, UK

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the Workplace Employment Relations Survey Steering Committee

Past positions

Head of Employment Group and Principal Research Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, UK (2012–2015); Editor, British Journal of Industrial Relations (2005–2009); Wertheim Fellow, Harvard Law School and National Bureau of Economic Research (2005–2006)


PhD Sociology, University of Bristol, 2013

Selected publications

  • Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession: Findings from the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013 (with B. van Wanrooy, H. Bewley, J. Forth, L. Stokes, and S. Wood).

  • The Evolution of the Modern British Workplace. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (W. Brown, J. Forth, and K. Whitfield).

  • “What effect do unions have on wages now and would ‘what do unions do?’ be surprised.” In: Bennett, J.T., and B. E. Kaufman (eds). What Do Unions Do?: A Twenty-Year Perspective. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2007; pp. 79–113 (with D. Blanchflower).

  • Inside the Workplace: Findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. London: Routledge, 2006 (with B. Kersley, C. Alpin, J. Forth, H. Bewley, G. Dix, and S. Oxenbridge).

  • All Change at Work? London: Routledge, 2000 (with N. Millward and J. Forth).