Professor Wendy Loretto

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Deputy Dean of the Business School and Professor of Organisational Behaviour

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Phone: +44(0)131 6504102
Room: 2.11


Profile

Roles and responsibilities

Associate Editor of Employee Relations
Consulting Editor for Work, Aging and Retirement
Editorial Board Member Journal of Change Management

Background

BCom (Edinburgh); PhD (Edinburgh).

After graduating employed as a commercial manager with Marks and Spencer plc. Worked for three years in University of Edinburgh Alcohol Research Group, prepared PhD which investigated social and cultural aspects of illicit and licit drug use amongst young people.

Research interests

Wendy's main research field is age and employment, with a particular focus on changes in employees’ and employers’ attitudes and practices in extending working lives. She is especially interested in the ways in which gender and age interact to affect work and retirement experiences amongst older men and women. Current projects include case study investigation of transitions from paid work to retirement (ESRC/MRC Life-long Health and Well-being Programme). This project links to her second research area - employee well-being at work. She is Co-I on an ESRC seminar series examining Employee Well-being in the 21st Century.

Group membership

PhD Supervision

Wendy is supervising 3 PhD students


Publications

The older worker: Identifying a critical research agenda

Taylor, Loretto, Marshall, Earl and Phillipson. (2016) Social Policy and Society.
Contribution to journal: Article

Extended working lives: What do older employees want?

Loretto. (2016).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Fuller Working Lives: Can women fit more in?

Loretto. (2015).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Training the new work generation: Education and training for the over-50s

Loretto, Phillipson and Vickerstaff. (2015).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Training and development: The missing part of the extending working life agenda?

Vickerstaff, Phillipson and Loretto. (2015) Public Policy and Aging Report.
Contribution to journal: Article

Gender, age and flexible working in later life

Loretto, W. and Vickerstaff, S. (2015) Work, Employment and Society. 1-17.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Pitfalls in implementing wellbeing initiatives – why good policy and practice are not enough.

Kowalski and Loretto. (2014).
Other contribution: Other contribution

Pitfalls in implementing workplace wellbeing policies and practices: lessons from a research case study

Kowalski and Loretto. (2014).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Exploring employee understandings of well-being - insights from a UK case study.

Kowalski and Loretto. (2014).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Reinventing retirement in the UK: A gendered perspective, Symposium on Cross-national perspective on Older Workers

Loretto and Vickerstaff. (2014).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Working longer: New opportunities to marginalize women or time to rethink the relationships between, gender, work and welfare?

Loretto. (2014).
Contribution to conference: Paper

The domestic and gendered context for retirement

Loretto, W. and Vickerstaff, S. (2013) Human Relations 66 (1). 65-86.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Reforming State Pension provision in ‘Liberal’ Anglo Saxon Countries: Re-commodification, cost-containment or recalibration?

Lain, Vickerstaff and Loretto. (2012) Social Policy and Society 2.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Organisational change and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS

Loretto, W., Kowalski and Platt, S. (2011).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Not seen and not heard? Older women's experiences of employment

Loretto, W. (2011).
Contribution to conference: Other

Workplace Change and Employee Mental Health: Results from a Longitudinal Study

Loretto, Platt and Popham. (2010) British Journal of Management 21 (2). 526-540.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Older Workers in the Scottish Labour Market: Interim Report to Scottish Enterprise

Loretto, W. (2010).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

The Beginning of the End of Early Retirement?

Loretto, W. and White, P. (2010).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Rethinking Retirement

Loretto, W. (2010).
Contribution to conference: Other

Re-gendering the Older Worker: Differences between older women's and older men's aspirations for work and retirement

Loretto, W. (2010).
Contribution to conference: Other

Age as an Asset: Older NHS employees in South East Scotland

Loretto, W. (2010).
Contribution to conference: Other

Same difference? Insights into women's retirement

Loretto, W. (2010).
Contribution to conference: Other

Work and retirement in an ageing world: the case of older workers in the UK

Loretto. (2010) Twenty-First Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences 5 (3). 279-294.
Contribution to journal: Article
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‘Qualitative investigation of the relationships between staff health and change management processes in the UK National Health Service’

Loretto and Kowalski. (2010).
Contribution to conference: Paper

What to do with the dirty laundry? A qualitative exploration of the employment support needs of carers

Loretto, W. (2010).
Contribution to conference: Other

The Relationship between Gender and Age

Loretto, W. (2010).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

The Gendered and Domestic Context for Retirement

Loretto, W. (2010).
Contribution to conference: Other

Identity work and the`unemployed' worker: age, disability and the lived experience of the older unemployed

Riach, K. and Loretto, W. (2009) Work, Employment and Society 23 (1). 102-119.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Managing Older Workers with Caring Responsibilities

Loretto, W. (2009).
Contribution to conference: Other

Extending Working Lives: Rights and responsibilities

Loretto, W. (2009).
Contribution to conference: Other

Employability of Older People: Current Issues and Debates

Loretto, W. (2009).
Contribution to conference: Other

Early Retirement in the UK: Rights, responsibilities and choice

Loretto, W. and Vickerstaff, S. (2009).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Older Workers Today

Loretto, W. (2009).
Contribution to conference: Other

The Employment Support Needs of Carers

Loretto, W., White, Vickerstaff, S., Milne, A., Alden, E. and Billings, J. (2009).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Wealthier and Fairer: what's happening at work?

Loretto, W. (2009).
Contribution to conference: Other

The employment support needs of Carers

Loretto. (2009).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Extending Working Lives: Class and gender differences in opportunities and threats

Loretto, W. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Extending Working Lives: Attitudes and behaviours surrounding working up to and beyond retirement

Loretto, W. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Encouraging Labour market Activity among 60-64 year olds

Loretto, White, Vickerstaff, S., Kowalski, Billings, J., Brown, P. and Mitton, L. (2008).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Women's Work, Women's Retirement. Is there a 'total social organisation of retirement'?

Loretto, W. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Extending Working Lives: Class and gender differences in opportunities and threats

Loretto, W. (2008).
Other

Work-life Balance and the 'Wee Small Job': The changing priorities of older workers

Loretto, W. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Characteristics of adults in Scotland with long-term health conditions

Loretto and Taylor, M. (2007).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Age, Discrimination and Early Retirement: the case of the communication workers union

Loretto. (2007).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Flexible Work and Older Workers

Loretto, Vickerstaff, S. and White, P. (2007).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Identity work and the "Unemployed" Worker: Age, disability and the lived experience of the older unemployed

Loretto. (2007).
Contribution to conference: Paper

The Future for Older Workers: New Perspectives

White, P. and Vickerstaff, V. (2007).
Book/Report: Book

The Future for Older Workers: Opportunities and Constraints

Loretto, Vickerstaff, S. and White, P. (2007).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Age discrimination in the workplace: the likely impact of anti-discrimination law

White and Loretto. (2006) Personnel Review.
Contribution to journal: Article

Population Ageing and Older Workers: Employers perceptions, attitudes and policies

White and Loretto. (2006) Population, Space and Place 12. 341-352.
Contribution to journal: Article

Employers' attitudes, practices and policies towards older workers

Loretto and White. (2006) Human Resource Management Journal 16 (3). 313-330.
Contribution to journal: Article

Work, more work and retirement: Older Workers' Perspectives

White and Loretto. (2006) Social Policy and Society 5. 495-506.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Older Workers and the Options for Flexible Work

Loretto, W. and White, P. (2005).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Assessing Psychological Wellbeing: a holistic investigation of NHS employees

Loretto. (2005) International Review of Psychiatry 17. 329-336.
Contribution to journal: Article

An Investigation of Older Workers in the Scottish Labour Market: Employability of older workers

Loretto, W. and White, P. (2004).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Never the right age? - Gender and age-based discrimination in employment

Duncan and Loretto. (2004) Gender, Work and Organization 11. 95-115.
Contribution to journal: Article

Older Workers in the Labour Market

White and Loretto. (2004) Scottish Economic Report. 84-95.
Contribution to journal: Article

'Thatcher's children', pensions and retirement - Some survey evidence

Duncan, Loretto and White. (2001) Personnel Review 30 (4). 386-403.
Contribution to journal: Article

Ageism and Employment: Controversies, Ambiguities and Younger People's Perceptions

Duncan, White and Loretto. (2000) Ageing and Society 20. 279-302.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Ageism, Early Exit and British Trade Unions

Duncan, White and Loretto. (2000) Journal of Industrial Relations 31. 220-234.
Contribution to journal: Article

Industrial Relations Codes of Practice: the 1999 Age Discrimination Code in Context

Duncan, White and Loretto. (2000) Employee Relations 22. 146-155.
Contribution to journal: Article

Something for Nothing? Employees' Views of Occupational Pension

Duncan, White and Loretto. (2000) Employee Relations 22 (3). 260-271.
Contribution to journal: Article

The Evolving Concept of Ageism: Controversies, Dilemmas and Younger People's Perceptions

Duncan, White and Loretto. (1999) Ageing and Society.
Contribution to journal: Article

Youthful Drinking in Northern Ireland & Scotland: Preliminary Results from a Comparative Study

Loretto. (1994) Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 1. 143-152.
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