Dr Vaughan Ellis is a Lecturer in Work and Industrial Relations and has been employed at Edinburgh Napier University since 2007. Vaughan specialises in the contemporary organisation and experience of work and how changes in an organisations' external environment impact upon the labour process.
Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier he was employed at Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Stirling. Before becoming an academic Vaughan worked at British Gas for six years in a number of locations in a variety of managerial and project roles, gaining considerable experience in managing teams, recruitment and selection, handling grievance and disciplinary matters and managing the change process.
Vaughan's PhD examined changes in the labour process of clerical workers at British Gas (1970-2004) and in particular was concerned with the impact of privatisation and the introduction of call centres upon the organisation and experience of work. Present research interests include the changing patterns of work organisation within the UK Higher Education sector and trade union responses to the changing nature of work. Vaughan has published in a number of top rated international journals including Work, Employment and Society and New Technology, Work and Employment, of which he is a member of the Editorial Board. Vaughan is a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA), the Association of Business Historians (ABH) and the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA).