HRMI 2022: Duncan Brown, visiting professor and principal associate, University of Greenwich and Institute for Employment Studies

Duncan Brown is an independent adviser and researcher on reward and equality, a principal associate at Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and visiting professor at University of Greenwich.

Brown has had a busy year with more than 50 articles, presentations and talks. His post-pandemic reward strategy guide and strong advocacy of a high pay, high productivity rewards approach has been widely covered and underpinned his keynote at the recent CIPD annual reward conference.

His criticism of total rewards terminology in the cost of living crisis has also generated considerable concept-leading discussion and rewards redesign.

Brown’s leading work on equality includes authorship of the CIPD Guide to Ethnicity Pay Reporting. He has also been critical of the government for failing to make ethnicity pay reporting compulsory and enacting stronger labour market protection and enforcement for low paid workers.

He has authored a chapter in favour of lowering executive pay differentials in a new 2022 book, Debating Equal Pay for All, and an article advocating wider use of all-employee share and profit sharing plans in the current special issue of the US journal Compensation and Benefits Review.


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Duncan Brown ranked 7th on HR magazine’s list of HR Most Influential thinkers in 2022.

Find the full list of HR Most Influential 2022 practitioners and thinkers here.