Dr Tania Arrieta

Lecturer in Work and Employment


School/Department: Business, School of



I undertook a PhD in austerity and the political economy of the UK at the University of Leicester, from 2017 to 2021. I joined the Department of Work, Employment, Management and Organisations at the University of Leicester as a Lecturer in October 2022.  I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.


My PhD focused on the restructuring that the public sector in the UK went through during the austerity years (from 2010 to 2019). It covered the impact of austerity policies upon the working conditions of public sector workers, the provision of public services, and the sustainability of the public sector.

More recently, I have been interested in exploring the resilience of institutions – what practices are deployed by institutions to remain resilient during challenging times, and the implications of their decision-making. I am currently working on a piece of research, in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) at De Montfort University, that explores the practice of resilience of food institutions in Leicester city. 

I am the Research Lead of the Non-Profit Institutions Research Group at the School of Business, University of Leicester.







Arrieta, T. and Davies, J. S. (2024) 'Crisis Management in English Local Government: The Limits of Resilience', Policy & Politics, doi:

Arrieta, T. (2022) 'An assessment of the resilience of local government in England: was it well-equipped to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic? The Political Quarterly, 93(3), 408-415. doi:101111/1467-923X.13171

Arrieta, T. (2022) 'Austerity in the UK and its legacy: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic', Economic and Labour Relations Review, 33(2), 238-255. doi: 10.1177/10353046221083051

Arrieta-Hernandez, T. (2021) 'The Consequences of the Austerity Policies for Public Services in the UK', Studies in Social Justice, 15(3): 518-537.  doi: 10.26522/ssj.v15i3.2568


I am interested in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the following topics: 

 - The links between economic & social policy

 - The precarity of the labour market

 - Class & politics

 - Employment practices in public organisations

 - Policymaking & the public sector


Lecturer MN1014 Business, Economy and Society (undergraduate)

Lecturer MN3111 Power at Work (undergraduate)

Seminar Leader MN1027 Labour Market Trends and Debates (undergraduate)

Seminar Leader MN3104 International Business (undergraduate)

Module Leader MN7407 Management in Practice (postgraduate)






Research Lead of the Non-Profit Institutions Research Group at the Department of Work, Employment, Management and Organisation, University of Leicester.

Invited Seminar - 'An assessment of the financial resilience of a small number of local authorities in the East Midlands'; joint event organised between the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) and the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC) at De Montfort University, January 2023 

Programme Lead - International Year 1 (Navitas)

Academic Year Tutor - BA Management Studies


ESRC IAA Festival of Social Sciences Public Engagement Grant (Project Co-Lead).

 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Selected Conferences:

'The role of local authorities in England in building more sustainable and resilient communities' - Towards the "post-pandemic" city? Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, De Montfort University, June 2022. 

‘Austerity and its impact upon public services in the UK: An analytic narrative approach’ - 2nd International Academic Conference on Research in Social Science (IACRSS) Madrid Spain, October 2020.

‘Austerity policies and the sustainability of the public sector’ - East Midlands Doctoral Network Conference Leicester UK, September 2020.

‘Austerity policies in the UK and its impact upon public services’ - Social Policy Association Doctoral Event London UK, July 2020. 

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