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Ian Kessler

Professor Ian Kessler

Deputy Director


Tel 020 7848 3970

Research interests / expertise

  • Public sector industrial relations
  • Pay systems
  • Employee voice and trade union organisation in the public services
  • Workforce organisation in healthcare services
  • Support workers in health and social care


Ian Kessler is Professor of Public Policy and Management at King’s College, University of London. He joined King’s College London from the University of Oxford in September 2012. He has been involved in a number of research projects on aspects of employment relations in the British public services, covering such topics as pay determination, strategic human resource management and work organisation.

Over the last decade he has been exploring nurse support roles in acute health care, and the more general re-structuring of the nursing workforce.

He has co-authored two books on aspects of public service employment relations: The Modernisation of the Public Services and Employee Relations (2012) and the Modernisation of the Nursing Workforce: Valuing the Healthcare Assistant (2012).

He was a commissioner on the Local Government Pay Commission in 2005 and was adviser to the House of Commons Local Government and Communities select committee inquiry into senior management pay in local government in 2015-16. He has acted as adviser to the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Police Federation, the Audit Commission and the National Audit Office. He has recently evaluated Health Education England’s Talent for Care strategy and is undertaking research on supported internships in the NHS.

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