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Kelly Pike

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School of Human Resource Management

Assistant Professor

Office: Atkinson Building, 150M
Ext: 22939 Email: kpike@yorku.ca
Attached CV: http://profiles.laps.yorku.ca/files/PIKE-CV-April-2019.pdf

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Kelly Pike earned her PhD from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She specializes in the role of worker voice and participation in the regulation of international labour standards, with a particular focus on the global garment industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research contributes to the literature on regulating labour in global value chains. In her current research she examines the relationship between multi-stakeholder initiatives and compliance with labour standards, with particular interest in the role of industrial relations – trade unions, worker-management committees, and other forums for activating worker voice.

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Kelly is currently a major research partner on the project Decent Work Regulation in Africa, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, in partnership with colleagues in the UK and South Africa. A central aim of the project is to establish a regional network of researchers and policy-makers who have an interest in effect labour regulation.

She also works part-time as a consultant for the International Labour Office, currently evaluating their Workplace Cooperation Program which is being piloted in collaboration with a major brand-name retailer in the global garment industry. The goal of the program is to improve workplace cooperation and train workers and managers to more effectively resolve non-compliance issues.

Additional leadership and advisory roles include her recent service (2018-19) as Interim Director of the Global Labour Research Centre at York, and as a current member of the CETA Canadian Domestic Advisory Group for Labour.

Kelly’s publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, book reviews, as well as several technical reports, research briefs and discussion papers for the ILO. She currently has articles under R&R at Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, and Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, in addition to several other works in progress.

Prior to her current appointment in the School of HRM, Kelly was a CLA in Work and Labour Studies at York. During that time she appeared several times on CBC Windsor News at 6 for comment on local labour disputes.

In addition to research and policy work, Kelly is committed to teaching and mentoring students. She currently teaches courses in Industrial Relations, Negotiations, and Qualitative Research Methods.

Degrees

PhD, Cornell University ILR School
BSc, Cornell University ILR School

Professional Leadership

Interim Director, Global Labour Research Centre, York University (2018-19)

Community Contributions

CETA Canadian Domestic Advisory Group for Labour

Research Interests

Employment and Labour , Globalization, Labour Standards Enforcement, Sub-Saharan Africa, Industrial Relations, Trade and Labour

Current Research Projects

Decent Work Regulation in Africa

    Summary:

    The project on Decent Work Regulation in Africa is a collaboration between Durham University (UK), the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and York University (Canada). DWR-Africa is led by Professor Deirdre McCann of Durham Law School and funded through the UK Global Challenges Research Fund. A central aim of the Project is to establish a Regional Network of researchers and policy-makers with an interest in effective labour regulation. DWR-Africa responds to UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. To achieve this objective, effective labour regulation is crucial. Strong labour laws are a vital component of development policies, capable of supporting inclusive growth, sustainable prosperity, and the wellbeing of workers and their families. Yet the regulatory strategies that can effectively achieve decent work – especially in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) – have yet to be designed.

    A Pilot Project on Enforcing Labour Laws in Southern Africa is being led by Dr Shane Godfrey of the Institute of Development and Labour Law, University of Cape Town and Professor Kelly Pike of the School of Human Resource Management, York University, Toronto. The project aims to better understand the limitations and strengths of multi-stakeholder models in South Africa and Lesotho. The focus is on whether these models provide a better way to enforce labour rights. To investigate this question, fieldwork was carried out in the garment sectors in South Africa and Lesotho during 2018. This research involved interviews with stakeholders in both countries including government officials, employers, unions, NGOs and other local initiatives, and workers themselves.

    Description:

    https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/policyengagement/ufw/africa/project/

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    Role: Co-Investigator

    Collaborator: Deirdre McCann; Shane Godfrey
    Collaborator Institution: Durham University; University of Cape Town
    Collaborator Role: Principal Investigator; Co-Investigator

    Funders:
    Durham University, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Global Challenges Research Fund
Evaluation of ILO Workplace Cooperation Program

    Summary:

    The Workplace Cooperation Program is an initiative of the International Labour Office (ILO) and a major retailer in the global garment industry. The program aims at training workers and managers to more effectively address and resolve non-compliance issues. This project serves as an evaluation of the program.

    Description:

    Phase 1 (2017) evaluation efforts focused on the training itself, including both the materials used as well as receiving/delivering the training. The purpose was to identify the key strengths and potential problem areas, with suggestions for future improvements. Phase 2 (2018) evaluation efforts are focused on impacts on the factory floor, and whether the training has translated into improvements for workers.

    See more
    Role: Project Lead

    Funders:
    ILO
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Pike, Kelly. (2019). “Women’s Work in Kenya’s Athi River EPZ: Opportunity or Exploitation?” In B. English, M. Frederickson, and O. Sanmiguel-Valderrama (eds.), Global Women’s Work: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy. London and New York: Routledge.

2019

Colvin, Alexander J.S. and Kelly Pike. (2015) Access to Justice in Employment Arbitration? In Samuel Estreicher and Joy Radice (eds.), Beyond Elite Law – Access to Justice in America. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

2015

Pike, Kelly and Shane Godfrey. (2014) Assessing Opportunities and Challenges for Better Work in Lesotho’s Apparel Sector. In A. Rossi, A. Luinstra and J. Pickles (eds.), Towards Better Work: Understanding Labour in Apparel Global Value Chains. Geneva and Basingstoke: ILO and Palgrave Macmillan.

2014

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Pike, Kelly. (2017) Review of Labour Regulation and Development: Socio-Legal Perspectives. By Shelley Marshall and Colin Fenwick, in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 70(4): 1060-1062.

2017

Pike, Kelly. (2012) Review of From Servants to Workers: South African Domestic Workers and the Democratic State by Shireen Ally, in Journal of Comparative Labor Law and Policy, 34(2): 557-561.

2012

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Colvin, Alexander J.S. and Kelly Pike. (2014) Saturns and Rickshaws Revisited: What Kind of Employment Arbitration System has Developed? Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 29(1): 59-83.

2014

Colvin, Alexander J.S. and Kelly Pike. (2013) “Beyond Baby-Splitting: Arbitrator Decision-Making Patterns in Employment Cases.” Dispute Resolution Journal 68(2): 57-67.

2013

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

Colvin, Alexander J.S. and Kelly Pike. (2012) The Impact of Case and Arbitrator Characteristics on Employment Arbitration Outcomes. Canadian Industrial Relations Association Conference Proceedings, Quebec City, Quebec, May 2010.

2012

Pike, Kelly. (2009) Depending on the Angle: Perspectives on conflict and workplace climate. 22nd Annual International Association for Conflict Management Conference Proceedings, Kyoto, Japan, June 2009.

2009

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

Pike, Kelly. (2016) “Better Work Five Years Later: Worker perspectives on labour standards compliance in the final year of Better Work Lesotho.” International Labour Office.

2016

Pike, Kelly and Shane Godfrey. (2015) “Two Sides to Better Work: A comparative analysis of worker and management perceptions of the impact of Better Work.” International Labour Office. Geneva: ILO 2015. Better Work Discussion Paper, No.20.

2015

Pike, Kelly and Shane Godfrey. (2015) Worker and Management Perceptions of the Impact of Better Work Lesotho. ILO-IFC. Better Work Research Brief.

2015

Pike, Kelly and Shane Godfrey. (2012) Corporate Social Responsibility and the Worker Stakeholder. International Labour Office. Geneva: ILO 2012. Better Work Discussion Paper; No.7.

2012

Pike, Kelly. (2012) Better Work Lesotho: Garment Industry Baseline Report: Worker Perspectives from the Factory and Beyond. International Labour Office. Geneva: ILO 2012

2012

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Pike, Kelly. (2017). Meeting Targets: Evaluating Phase 1 of the Better Work-X Partnership on Workplace Cooperation. International Labour Office. August 2017. Internal circulation only.

2017

Pike, Kelly. (2017). Meeting Targets: Evaluating Phase 1 of the Better Work-X Partnership on Workplace Cooperation. International Labour Office. August 2017. Internal circulation only.

2017

Creative Works

Publication
Year

A short documentary on our work in Lesotho - Rethabile’s Story. Directed and produced by Dreamscope TV, the documentary is narrated by Rethabile Ratsiu, a former factory worker in Maseru, Lesotho, who introduces us to working life in the garment factories and her involvement in the Decent Work Regulation Project. The film highlights the work of the project in Lesotho, where we are supporting local partners to work towards more effective implementation of labour rights. This project is a collaboration between the National University of Lesotho, University of Cape Town, Durham University, York University Toronto and our local partners. We hope that it will contribute to the public debate on how regulation can promote decent work in Lesotho and beyond. The full version of the film will be launched later this year at the Regulating for Decent Work Conference, to be held in the International Labour Office, Geneva from 8-10 July 2019.

2019

Approach to Teaching


HRM 3422 Industrial Relations
HRM 4490 Negotiations
HRM 7010 Qualitative Research Methods


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2019 AP/HRM3422 3.0 A Industrial Relations ONLN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2020 AP/HRM3422 3.0 M Industrial Relations ONLN
Winter 2020 GS/HRM7010 3.0 M Qualitative Research Methods & Processes SEMR


Kelly Pike earned her PhD from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She specializes in the role of worker voice and participation in the regulation of international labour standards, with a particular focus on the global garment industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research contributes to the literature on regulating labour in global value chains. In her current research she examines the relationship between multi-stakeholder initiatives and compliance with labour standards, with particular interest in the role of industrial relations – trade unions, worker-management committees, and other forums for activating worker voice.

Kelly is currently a major research partner on the project Decent Work Regulation in Africa, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, in partnership with colleagues in the UK and South Africa. A central aim of the project is to establish a regional network of researchers and policy-makers who have an interest in effect labour regulation.

She also works part-time as a consultant for the International Labour Office, currently evaluating their Workplace Cooperation Program which is being piloted in collaboration with a major brand-name retailer in the global garment industry. The goal of the program is to improve workplace cooperation and train workers and managers to more effectively resolve non-compliance issues.

Additional leadership and advisory roles include her recent service (2018-19) as Interim Director of the Global Labour Research Centre at York, and as a current member of the CETA Canadian Domestic Advisory Group for Labour.

Kelly’s publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, book reviews, as well as several technical reports, research briefs and discussion papers for the ILO. She currently has articles under R&R at Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, and Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, in addition to several other works in progress.

Prior to her current appointment in the School of HRM, Kelly was a CLA in Work and Labour Studies at York. During that time she appeared several times on CBC Windsor News at 6 for comment on local labour disputes.

In addition to research and policy work, Kelly is committed to teaching and mentoring students. She currently teaches courses in Industrial Relations, Negotiations, and Qualitative Research Methods.

Degrees

PhD, Cornell University ILR School
BSc, Cornell University ILR School

Professional Leadership

Interim Director, Global Labour Research Centre, York University (2018-19)

Community Contributions

CETA Canadian Domestic Advisory Group for Labour

Research Interests

Employment and Labour , Globalization, Labour Standards Enforcement, Sub-Saharan Africa, Industrial Relations, Trade and Labour

Current Research Projects

Decent Work Regulation in Africa

    Summary:

    The project on Decent Work Regulation in Africa is a collaboration between Durham University (UK), the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and York University (Canada). DWR-Africa is led by Professor Deirdre McCann of Durham Law School and funded through the UK Global Challenges Research Fund. A central aim of the Project is to establish a Regional Network of researchers and policy-makers with an interest in effective labour regulation. DWR-Africa responds to UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. To achieve this objective, effective labour regulation is crucial. Strong labour laws are a vital component of development policies, capable of supporting inclusive growth, sustainable prosperity, and the wellbeing of workers and their families. Yet the regulatory strategies that can effectively achieve decent work – especially in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) – have yet to be designed.

    A Pilot Project on Enforcing Labour Laws in Southern Africa is being led by Dr Shane Godfrey of the Institute of Development and Labour Law, University of Cape Town and Professor Kelly Pike of the School of Human Resource Management, York University, Toronto. The project aims to better understand the limitations and strengths of multi-stakeholder models in South Africa and Lesotho. The focus is on whether these models provide a better way to enforce labour rights. To investigate this question, fieldwork was carried out in the garment sectors in South Africa and Lesotho during 2018. This research involved interviews with stakeholders in both countries including government officials, employers, unions, NGOs and other local initiatives, and workers themselves.

    Description:

    https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/policyengagement/ufw/africa/project/

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-Investigator

    Collaborator: Deirdre McCann; Shane Godfrey
    Collaborator Institution: Durham University; University of Cape Town
    Collaborator Role: Principal Investigator; Co-Investigator

    Funders:
    Durham University, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Global Challenges Research Fund
Evaluation of ILO Workplace Cooperation Program

    Summary:

    The Workplace Cooperation Program is an initiative of the International Labour Office (ILO) and a major retailer in the global garment industry. The program aims at training workers and managers to more effectively address and resolve non-compliance issues. This project serves as an evaluation of the program.

    Description:

    Phase 1 (2017) evaluation efforts focused on the training itself, including both the materials used as well as receiving/delivering the training. The purpose was to identify the key strengths and potential problem areas, with suggestions for future improvements. Phase 2 (2018) evaluation efforts are focused on impacts on the factory floor, and whether the training has translated into improvements for workers.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Project Lead

    Funders:
    ILO

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Pike, Kelly. (2019). “Women’s Work in Kenya’s Athi River EPZ: Opportunity or Exploitation?” In B. English, M. Frederickson, and O. Sanmiguel-Valderrama (eds.), Global Women’s Work: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy. London and New York: Routledge.

2019

Colvin, Alexander J.S. and Kelly Pike. (2015) Access to Justice in Employment Arbitration? In Samuel Estreicher and Joy Radice (eds.), Beyond Elite Law – Access to Justice in America. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

2015

Pike, Kelly and Shane Godfrey. (2014) Assessing Opportunities and Challenges for Better Work in Lesotho’s Apparel Sector. In A. Rossi, A. Luinstra and J. Pickles (eds.), Towards Better Work: Understanding Labour in Apparel Global Value Chains. Geneva and Basingstoke: ILO and Palgrave Macmillan.

2014

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Pike, Kelly. (2017) Review of Labour Regulation and Development: Socio-Legal Perspectives. By Shelley Marshall and Colin Fenwick, in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 70(4): 1060-1062.

2017

Pike, Kelly. (2012) Review of From Servants to Workers: South African Domestic Workers and the Democratic State by Shireen Ally, in Journal of Comparative Labor Law and Policy, 34(2): 557-561.

2012

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Colvin, Alexander J.S. and Kelly Pike. (2014) Saturns and Rickshaws Revisited: What Kind of Employment Arbitration System has Developed? Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 29(1): 59-83.

2014

Colvin, Alexander J.S. and Kelly Pike. (2013) “Beyond Baby-Splitting: Arbitrator Decision-Making Patterns in Employment Cases.” Dispute Resolution Journal 68(2): 57-67.

2013

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

Colvin, Alexander J.S. and Kelly Pike. (2012) The Impact of Case and Arbitrator Characteristics on Employment Arbitration Outcomes. Canadian Industrial Relations Association Conference Proceedings, Quebec City, Quebec, May 2010.

2012

Pike, Kelly. (2009) Depending on the Angle: Perspectives on conflict and workplace climate. 22nd Annual International Association for Conflict Management Conference Proceedings, Kyoto, Japan, June 2009.

2009

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

Pike, Kelly. (2016) “Better Work Five Years Later: Worker perspectives on labour standards compliance in the final year of Better Work Lesotho.” International Labour Office.

2016

Pike, Kelly and Shane Godfrey. (2015) “Two Sides to Better Work: A comparative analysis of worker and management perceptions of the impact of Better Work.” International Labour Office. Geneva: ILO 2015. Better Work Discussion Paper, No.20.

2015

Pike, Kelly and Shane Godfrey. (2015) Worker and Management Perceptions of the Impact of Better Work Lesotho. ILO-IFC. Better Work Research Brief.

2015

Pike, Kelly and Shane Godfrey. (2012) Corporate Social Responsibility and the Worker Stakeholder. International Labour Office. Geneva: ILO 2012. Better Work Discussion Paper; No.7.

2012

Pike, Kelly. (2012) Better Work Lesotho: Garment Industry Baseline Report: Worker Perspectives from the Factory and Beyond. International Labour Office. Geneva: ILO 2012

2012

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Pike, Kelly. (2017). Meeting Targets: Evaluating Phase 1 of the Better Work-X Partnership on Workplace Cooperation. International Labour Office. August 2017. Internal circulation only.

2017

Pike, Kelly. (2017). Meeting Targets: Evaluating Phase 1 of the Better Work-X Partnership on Workplace Cooperation. International Labour Office. August 2017. Internal circulation only.

2017

Creative Works

Publication
Year

A short documentary on our work in Lesotho - Rethabile’s Story. Directed and produced by Dreamscope TV, the documentary is narrated by Rethabile Ratsiu, a former factory worker in Maseru, Lesotho, who introduces us to working life in the garment factories and her involvement in the Decent Work Regulation Project. The film highlights the work of the project in Lesotho, where we are supporting local partners to work towards more effective implementation of labour rights. This project is a collaboration between the National University of Lesotho, University of Cape Town, Durham University, York University Toronto and our local partners. We hope that it will contribute to the public debate on how regulation can promote decent work in Lesotho and beyond. The full version of the film will be launched later this year at the Regulating for Decent Work Conference, to be held in the International Labour Office, Geneva from 8-10 July 2019.

2019

Approach to Teaching


HRM 3422 Industrial Relations
HRM 4490 Negotiations
HRM 7010 Qualitative Research Methods


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2019 AP/HRM3422 3.0 A Industrial Relations ONLN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2020 AP/HRM3422 3.0 M Industrial Relations ONLN
Winter 2020 GS/HRM7010 3.0 M Qualitative Research Methods & Processes SEMR