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Researching Gender(ed) Work: Concepts and Methods

This one day PhD Training Module seeks to explore interdisciplinary perspectives (theoretical and methodological) on the topic of Gender and Work, drawing on the research and teaching expertise across different disciplines, and delivered by members of the Connecting Research on Employment and Work (CREW) network at the University of Warwick. It is open to all research students at the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership institutions, including all years of the MPhil/ PhD programme. It is not credit bearing, but provides an opportunity for students researching topics on work, gender and family to meet each other. It is also open to MA students to audit, subject to space.

Programme of the day

10.00-10.30 Introductions

10.30 – 13:00 Session 1: What is Work?

(11.30-11.45 Coffee)

Taking the gender division of labour seriously means thinking about how work is defined and how it should be measured. Studying unpaid work, including familial and non-familial care, raises both legal issues in regulating work (which straddles familial relations), analytical issues in characterising work relations and practical issues in measuring work.

  1. Legal constructions of work and care (conveners: Ania Zbyszewska, Law; Ann Stewart, Law)
  2. Methods for capturing the household division of unpaid labour (convener: Emily Christopher, Sociology)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break (lunch will be provided with dietary needs provided for)

14:00-16:45 Session 2: Studying Work and Labour Markets: Identities and Intersectionality

(15:00-15:15 Coffee)

In this session we will first look at what it means for scholars of work, employment and gender to practise intersectionality as a theoretical and methodological approach to inequality. We then consider how the production and assembling of visual images can be used to study assumptions about workplace identities and the meaning of work.

  1. Capturing intersecting inequalities in work through quantitative and qualitative methods (conveners: Erika Kispeter, IER; TBA)
  2. Visualising work identities- the role of visual imagery in workplace studies (conveners: Carol Wolkowitz Sociology; TBA)

16:45-17:00 Reflections and Wrap-up


There are no pre-requisits for this workshop but a reading list will be circulated ahead of time.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided with specific dietary needs being catered for.

Information about getting to the University of Warwick can be found here and information about car parking can be found here. Please note that car parking is very difficult on campus and car parks tend to be full before 8am. We strongly recommend that you use public transport if possible. If you do need to drive please allow plenty of time as you may need to circle or use a peripheral car park and walk. Please also note that the pay and display machines often require coins.

Students attending this workshop from ESRC Midlands Graduate School DTP partner institutions may be eligible for a travel bursary. Please request this via the booking form.

Booking your place

Please use the booking form to request your place at this workshop.

Please note that priority will be given to ESRC funded PhD students from Warwick and students of the Midlands Graduate School DTP. Those who have secured a place will be notified with joining instructions in due course.

Date: Thursday 2nd May 2019
Time: 9:30am for refreshments til 5pm
Location: R1.04 Ramphal Building, Library Road, University of Warwick main campus

Booking form