Dr Christina Niforou

Dr Christina Niforou

Department of Management
Lecturer in Human Resource Management

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)


International HRM (BSc, Business Management)

International HRM (MSc, Human Resource Management)

Research Methods (MSc, International Business)

Conducting Qualitative Research (MBA)


Labour standards / Global Labour Governance

Labour agency and Global Value Chains   

International, comparative employment relations / HRM   

Employment relations & austerity-driven institutional change

Other activities

Member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)

Member of the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Scholars Association

Reviewer for British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Competition and Change, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Journal of Business Ethics



Niforou, C. (2015) ‘Labour Leverage in Global Value Chains: The Role of Interdependencies and Multi-level Dynamics’, Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming, DOI 10.1007/s10551-014-2222-8

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

Niforou, C. (2014) ‘International Framework Agreements and the democratic deficit of global labour governance’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 35:2, 367-386

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