Dr Vidu Badigannavar MSc. PhD (LSE) FHEA

Work & Organisational Psychology Department

I joined Aston University in September 2014. Prior to joining academia, I have worked in the industry for more than a decade as a HR manager in the IT industry and later as a policy research officer with international trade union federations in South and SE Asia.

Position: Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3286
Email: v.badigannavar@aston.ac.uk 
Room: SW724

I have held research and teaching positions at the London School of Economics, Cardiff University, Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • Employment Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  •  Performance Management and Reward Policies.
  • Economic and Labor Market Reforms in Emerging Economies 
  • Trade Unions and Social Movements 
  • HR and Economic Outcomes of Labour-Management Cooperation 
  • International and Comparative Employment Relations


 2016: British Academy/Leverhulme Trust: Caste, Class and Trade Unionism in India. 

  • Mr. Samar Chakroborty - Union Organizing in the Garment Industry in Bangladesh 
  • Ms. Oshone Mshelia- Graduate Labor Market Discrimination in Britain 
  • Mr. Ananta Adhikari - Zero Hours Contracts in British Labor Markets


  • The Higher Education Academy of UK. 
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)   
  • British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)


  • Badigannavar, V. (2017) ‘The Paradoxes of Social Partnership and Union Revival in India’ in Noronha, E. and D’Cruz, P. (eds.) ‘Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment in Globalizing India’ Springer, Singapore. 
  • Badigannavar, V. and Budhwar, P. (2017) ‘A political analysis of voice: Going beyond the obvious to understand voice mechanisms and outcomes’ Human Resource Management Review (under review). 
  • Badigannavar, V. (2016) ‘Union Experiences of Social Partnership and Collective Participation in India’ Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, vol. (23): 45-71, ISSN: 0742-6186
  • Badigannavar, V. (2016). Is Social Partnership the way forward for Indian trade unions? Evidence from Public Services in India. International Labour Review (first published online 12 September 2016). DOI: 10.1111/ilr.12028
  • Badigannavar, V., Kelly, J. (2013). Do labour laws protect labour in India?. Industrial Law Journal, 49(4), 439-470.
  • Badigannavar, V. (2013). Employment Regulation in National Contexts: India in Frege, C. and Kelly, J. (eds) Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Political Economy (pp. 305-323). Routledge, London and NY. 
  • Badigannavar, V. (2012). Labour market regulations and the prospects of social partnership in India. Journal of Social and Economic Development, 14(2), 129-154.
  • Badigannavar, V., Kelly, J. (2011). Partnership and organizing: Two contrasting approaches to union revival in the UK. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 32(1), 5-27.
  • Badigannavar, V. (2009). Does labor-management partnership deliver mutual gains?  Evidence from the UK public services. Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, 16, 75-108.
  • Badigannavar, V. (2006). Industrial relations in India. Global Industrial Relations. Routledge.
  • Badigannavar, V., Kelly, J. (2004). Labour-management partnership in the UK public sector. Union Organization and Activity. Routledge.
  • Kelly, J., Badigannavar, V. (2004). Union organizing campaigns. Union Organization and Activity. Routledge.
  • Badigannavar, V., Kelly, J. (2005). Labour-management partnership in the non-union retail sector. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 16(8), 1529-1544.
  • Badigannavar, V., Kelly, J. (2005). Why are some union organizing campaigns more successful than others?. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 43(3), 515-535.
  • Obando-Rojas, B., Welsh, I., Bloor, M., Lane, T., Badigannavar, V., Maguire, M. (2004). The political economy of fraud in a globalized industry: the case of seafarer’s certification. Sociological Review, 52(3), 295-313.
  • Badigannavar, V. (2003). Employee involvement and worker’s perceptions of union effectiveness in partnership organizations: Evidence from the UK National Health Service. Employment Relations Record, 3(2), 1-14.