William Roche is Professor of Industrial Relations & Human Resources at the School of Business, University College Dublin and Honorary Professor at the Management School, Queen's University, Belfast. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was Heyworth Memorial Prize Research Fellow of Nuffield College. He has published extensively in leading international peer-reviewed journals in industrial relations and human resource management. His recent books include Managing Conflict at Work: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ireland (with P. Teague, T. Gormley, and D. Currie, Institute of Public Administration, 2015), The Oxford Handbook of Conflict Management in Organizations (with P. Teague and A. Colvin, OUP, 2014), and Recession at Work: HRM in the Irish Crisis (with P. Teague, A. Coughlan and M. Fahy, Routledge, 2013). Philip J. O'Connell is Director of the UCD Geary Institute and Professor of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin. Most of his work focuses on the labour market and on migration. He has an enduring interest in equality at work and in access to employment, and has published papers on wage inequality, on working conditions and workplace practices, on the transition from unemployment to work, and on the experience of migrant workers in Ireland. He has written several books on the determinants and effects of work-related education and training, and published papers on this and other labour market issues in the leading peer-reviewed journals. He has served as a consultant on human resource development and labour market issues to the European Commission and the OECD. He is a government-appointed member of the Irish Labour Market Council. Andrea Prothero is Associate Professor of Marketing at University College Dublin. Her research focuses primarily on exploring the relationships between marketing and society, with a particular emphasis on sustainability marketing research, and she has published widely in these areas. Prior to moving to Ireland in 1999, Andrea worked at universities in the UK, and also completed a sabbatical at Arizona State University in 2002. She recently led one of UCDs contributions to the President of Ireland's Ethics Initiative, asking students across Ireland to engage in debate focusing on why 'we need to talk about ethics.'
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