Dr Christina Niforou

Lecturer in Human Resource Management

The Department of Organisation, Work and Employment


Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Christina joined Birmingham Business School in 2013. She received her PhD from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. She is interested in comparative employment relations, global labour governance and corporate social responsibility. She has received funding from the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, the ESRC, Warwick Business School and TURI (Trade Union related Research Institutes - a joint initiative of the European Trade Union Institute and the Hans Böckler Foundation.



  • PhD (Warwick Business School, UK)
  • MA (Warwick Business School, UK)
  • BSc (University of Piraeus, Greece)


Christina has taught modules and has supervised student dissertations on Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Modules for 2013-2014:

International HRM (honours level)

International HRM (MA level)

Conducting Qualitative Research (MBA -contribution to 'Research Methods' module)



  • International, comparative employment relations / HRM    
  • Core labour standards / global labour governance
  • Labour agency and Global Value Chains  
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Employment relations in emerging economies

Other activities

Member of the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Scholars Association

Ad-hoc reviewer for British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economic and Industrial Democracy



Niforou, C. (2014) ‘International Framework Agreements and the democratic deficit of global labour governance’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 35: 367-386 (appeared in print in May)

Donaghey J., Reinecke, J. Niforou C., and Lawson B. (2014) ‘From employment relations to consumption relations: balancing labor in global supply chains’, Human Resource Management, 53: 229-252 (appeared in print in March)

Niforou, C. ‘International Framework Agreements and the democratic deficit of global labour governance’, Economic and Industrial Democracy (forthcoming - first published online on May 29, 2013 as doi:10.1177/0143831X13484815)

Niforou, C. (2012) ‘International Framework Agreements and industrial relations governance: global rhetoric versus local realities’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50: 352-373.

Niforou, C. (2008) ‘The role of trade unions in the implementation of autonomous framework agreements’, Warwick Papers in Industrial Relations, No 87, Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick.

Book Chapters

Niforou, C. (2006) ‘El papel de los sindicatos españoles en la reglamentación del teletrabajo – Un estudio basado en un examen preliminar de la efectividad del acuerdo marco europeo sobre teletrabajo’, en Teletrabajo: dimensión social y laboral, Fundación Estudios Sindicales CC.OO.A (ISBN: 84-690-1114).

Book Reviews

Niforou, C. (2013) 'Shaping Global Industrial Relations: The Impact of International Framework Agreements'. Edited by Konstantinos Papadakis, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 66: 725-726


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