Work and Employment

Research in the Work and Employment Division is sociologically imaginative and critically engaged. Rooted in understandings of labour, work and employment from the fields of the sociology of work, industrial relations and work psychology, our interests coalesce around three key themes:
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We are interested in opening up debates to further understand a variety of transitions including: youth experiences of transitioning into the labour market, older workers’ transitions into retirement and other forms of work and organisations, changes in work-family relationships, and precarious workers’ shifts into non-standard forms of work relationships. We research these experiences, practices and relations through the lenses of comparative analysis, diversity and emotion. Current foci for this research includes health, creative industries, voluntary sector, social enterprises, trade unions and death work.

Organising and Mobilising

Our research explores alternative forms of organising through a shared commitment to further understanding how workers, stakeholders and activists mobilise in contemporary society. Our research includes both the influential and evolutionary role of social media platforms in organising and mobilising practices and more traditional methods of mobilisation. The employment relations research includes attention to key actors, such as employer associations, the state and supranational institutions, such as the EU, with particular attention given to trade unions and trade union activist experiences across the globe.

Hearing the Unheard

The Work and Employment Division share a mutual appreciation for our academic privilege to explore worlds, organisations, practices andexperiences that would otherwise be unheard or unseen. Our theoretically grounded, sociologically imaginative approaches give a voice to issues that would otherwise go unspoken. Areas of interest here include the precarious nature of work and employment, the impacts of economic crisis, austerity, restructuring, outsourcing and new forms of work. From funeral directors’ harrowing accounts of body removals to immigrant workers’ lived experiences of having to sleep on factory floors; our research speaks for, and to, those who often go unheard.

Details about the particular interests and current projects of individual group members can be found on their staff profile pages.

Division Head

Dr Katharine Venter and Dr Glynne Williams

Division Members

Dr Daniel Bishop Paul Conville Dr Nikolaus Hammer Dr Chandrima Roy
Paul Brook Professor Michaela Driver Professor Peter Nolan Dr Lisa Sezer
Feim Blakcori Dr Doris Eikhof Dr Jane Partridge Dr Eimer Sparham
Trevor Colling Dr Torsten Geelan Dr Reka Plugor Dr Jenna Ward

Dr Heather Connolly

Professor Anne-Marie Greene Dr Deborah Price Professor Stephen Wood

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