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Andrew Timming

Assoc/Prof Andrew Timming

Associate Professor
Management and Organisations (UWA Business School)

Contact details
Management and Organisations (UWA Business School)
The University of Western Australia (M261)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2946
BA summa cum laude, MA PhD Camb, Academic FCIPD
Andrew R. Timming is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Western Australia Business School and Visiting Professor of Management at the Ton Duc Thang University in Vietnam. He is an expert in employee selection decision-making and draws primarily from the fields of organisational, experimental and evolutionary psychology and economic sociology in his research. His main area of research centres around the impact of physical appearance on one’s success (or failure) in the labour market. In this context, he examines how job applicant attractiveness and unattractiveness influence employer decision-making. He also researches employee involvement and participation in organisational decision-making and has an emerging interest in workplace mobbing within so-called ethical organisations. He is Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Journal.

His research regularly features in the international news media, including, among others, The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, BBC News, ABC News, Huffington Post, The Independent, Bloomberg, RT, The Spectator, etc. He is mostly known for his research on tattoos in the workplace.

He has worked at UWA Business School since May 2017. He teaches the Social Psychology of Work at the undergraduate level and Introduction to Human Resource Management at the postgraduate level.

He welcomes applications from PhD students in any area of human resource management and is especially keen to supervise in the areas of recruitment and selection, diversity and discrimination and unconscious bias.
Key research
Employee selection decision-making
Organisational, experimental and evolutionary psychology
Attractiveness and unattractiveness
Face perception
Aesthetic labour
Unconscious bias
Employee voice
Career 10 Best

French, MT; Mortensen, K and Timming, AR (2018) Are Tattoos Associated with Employment and Wage Discrimination? Analyzing the Relationships between Body Art and Labor Market Outcomes. Human Relations (forthcoming).

Budd, JW; Lamare, JR and Timming, AR (2017) Learning About Democracy at Work: Cross-National Evidence on Individual Employee Voice Influencing Political Participation in Civil Society. Industrial and Labor Relations Review. (Online First): 1-30.

Timming, AR (2017) Body Art as Branded Labour: At the intersection of employee selection and relationship marketing. Human Relations 70(9): 1041-1063

Timming, AR (2017) The Effect of Foreign Accent on Employability: A study of the aural dimensions of aesthetic labour in customer-facing and non-customer-facing jobs. Work, Employment & Society 31(3): 409-428.

Timming, AR; Nickson, D; Re, D and Perrett, D (2017) What Do You Think of My Ink? Assessing the Effects of Body Art on Employment Chances. Human Resource Management 56(1): 133-149.

Timming, AR (2015) The ‘reach’ of employee participation in decision-making: exploring the Aristotelian roots of workplace democracy. Human Resource Management Journal 25(3): 382-396.

Timming, AR (2015) Visible Tattoos in the Service Sector: a new challenge to recruitment and selection. Work, Employment & Society 29(1): 60-78.

Timming, AR (2009) Trust in Cross-national Labour Relations: a case study of an Anglo-Dutch European Works Council. European Sociological Review 25(4): 505-516.

Timming, AR (2009) WERS the Validity? A critique of the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey of Employees. Work, Employment & Society 23(3): 561-570.

Timming, AR (2007) European works councils and the dark side of managing worker voice. Human Resource Management Journal 17(3): 248-264.
Funding received
Assoc. Prof. Timming has been the Principal and Co-Investigator on a number of projects funded by the British Academy, Scottish Universities Insight Institute and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in the United States.
Industrial relevance
Employee selection systems, strategic HRM consulting, unconscious bias training, diversity management.
English, Spanish
Academic Fellow Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Honours and awards
Elected into the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland

Senior Superlative Social Butterfly Award from the Academic Minute, Northeast Public Radio
Previous positions
Reader in Management, University of St Andrews

Lecturer in International and Comparative HRM, University of Manchester

Fixed Term Lecturer in Statistics, University of Cambridge
Introduction to Human Resource Management (PG)
Social Psychology of Work (UG)
Current external positions
Visiting Professor of Management, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam
Useful links
New and noteworthy
Current projects
Timming, A.R.; French, M.T.; Mortensen, K. Do Employers Discriminate Unfairly Against Unattractive, But Highly Qualified, Job Applicants? Aesthetic Labour's Unanswered Question.

Timming, A.R. Analyzing the Effect of Variations in Skin Tone on Caucasian Job Applicants' Perceived Employability: The Evolutionary Psychology of Employee Selection.

Timming, A.R. Gender Fluidity at Work: Employment discrimination against the non-binary.

Baumann, C.; Timming, A.R. and Gollan, P.J. Consumer Preferences for Gender Typicality in Front-Line Services Staff in the United States and South Korea: An experimental simulation.

Timming, A.R. The Effect of Facial (A)symmetry on Employability: An evolutionary psychological approach to recruitment and selection decision-making.

Leighton, C. and Timming, A.R. The importance of effective emotion regulation for front-line employees in the services sector: A simulation of consumer spending.

Timming, A.R.; Baumann, C. and Gollan, P.J. Employee Voice, Diversity, and Physical Attractiveness: Are less attractive employees ignored in the workplace?
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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