PhD Studentships in CSWEF

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The Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures is pleased to offer three fully funded PhD studentships  for October 2014 entry.

The studentships are available to suitably qualified applicants looking to undertake research in one of the following areas:

Workplace Well-Being in the Public and Private Sector

Professor Stephen Wood

Key findings of WERS2011 show that well-being in the public sector has suffered more than in the private sector with the recession. Appraisal has increased rapidly, consultation has not grown, WLB practices are not extending greatly and mediation is perhaps used more than expected in workplace disputes. Proposals for research related to any of these topics or other issues highlighted by WERS2011 would be welcomed by Professor Wood.

Mediation is an especially under-researched area and proposals relating to this field would be of particular interest. The expectation would not be that proposals and research concentrate on further analysis of WERS2011, though that might be an element; rather that further empirical work would be done with analysis being quantitative, qualitative or a mixture.

View WERS 2011 here

View Professor Stephen Wood's staff profile

Young People’s Labour Market Transitions in the Context of High Youth Unemployment and Insecurity

Professor Melanie Simms

Melanie is particularly interested in supervising projects looking at youth labour market transitions, as well as union organising and renewal and the UK and beyond.

Young people's labour market transitions are important in a context of high youth unemployment and insecurity. Melanie has a particular interest in looking at employers' experiences in recruiting and managing young people as well as other issues relating to the demand side of the labour market.

Trade unionism has been declining in most economies for many years. Melanie is interested in supervising projects that consider the personal, organisational and institutional consequences of these trends, as well as efforts by unions to renew themselves.

All proposals should demonstrate a strong understanding theoretical and empirical contributions already made in these areas.

View Professor Melanie Simm's staff profile

Financialization, Ownership and Employment Relations

Professor Ian Clark

In what ways do new forms of business owners modify the way we understand the way firms are managed? For example, in the UK 'The British-Based Foreign-Owned Firm' and Businesses owned by 'International Consortium Investors' appear as new empirical categories. How do we understand the presence of these types of employer in relation to more well established approaches to comparative employment relations such as country of origin effects and host country effects?

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Ageing in the Workplace and the potential for Inter-generational conflict at Work

Professor Peter Nolan

The ageing population and workforce have led policy makers across Europe to introduce measures to prolong paid working lives. The limited extant research exploring the connections between age, occupation, productivity and employment render any assessment of the likely consequences of the prolongation of working lives difficult to evaluate. Research, funded by the Medical Research Council and led by Professor Peter Nolan, is examining the challenges and prospects for longer working lives in the National Health Service. But the issue of the ageing workforce is broader and producing challenges for the ways in which work is organised and managed in many sectors and many countries.

This research studentship would enable the successful applicant to pursue the following concerns: (i) to develop theoretical and empirical analysis of the possibilities for the assimilation and retention of older workers in employment (this may be any sector); (ii) to study the nature and determinants of changes in the boundaries between paid and unpaid work and their implications for the age distribution of employment; and (iii) to examine the relationships between age, productivity and employment.

View Professor Peter Nolan's staff profile

Entry Requirements

  • First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject*
  • It is expected that applicants will also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject*
  • Standard English language requirements
  • Available to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants - please note though that the award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only; international applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates
  • Available for full-time registration only
  • Applicants must be able to start in October 2014

* or show evidence of achieving this by October 2014

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