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Connecting Research on Employment and Work (CREW)

Connecting Research on Employment and Work (CREW)


Connecting Research on Work and Employment (CREW) is a new network founded with the approval of Senate in 2014. The CREW network is devoted to the promotion and development of research on work and employment in the broadest sense. It seeks to facilitate interaction between researchers across departments and faculties, and provide a common focal point for the internationally recognised work and employment research community at the University of Warwick. As a supportive, cross-departmental network we are developing synergies:

  • to highlight the University of Warwick's existing excellence in research on work and employment across a wide range of sectors, organizations and regions
  • to facilitate new research and dissemination through contact between researchers working on a range of employment issues, now and in the past, in different kinds of institutions and organizations, from health care to manufacturing, and informal and household work
  • to bring researchers and practitioners to Warwick to participate in conferences, joint research workshops, seminars and lectures
  • to provide a broader network and joint activities for doctoral students, including joint supervision

This site contains information about who we are and the activities we organise.

CREW welcomes members and participants from all faculties and departments who have an interest in work and employment in a range of institutions and organisations and formal, informal and household contexts.

To join the network, please email crew at warwick dot ac dot uk


Forthcoming Events

Graduate Careers and Covid-19: winners and losers

Researchers at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research have been tracking a large sample of UK graduates from their application for a place in Higher Education in 2005/6, through graduation in 2009/10 and into their subsequent careers. Most recently they were contacted in 2020-21 as they were experiencing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The seminar will focus on:

What do the accounts of their experiences reveal about the effect of higher education on their capacity to survive the social and economic impacts of the pandemic? What might this tell us about the future of work for highly qualified workers?

This hybrid seminar seminar starts with a sandwich lunch - it is an opportunity to meet other members of the CREW network.

Speakers: Kate Purcell, Peter Elias, Gaby Atfield and Erika Kispeter.

Date and time: 1-3.30 pm, Thursday, 10 March, 2022

Venue: Wolfson Research Exchange, Warwick University Library/Zoom

Please register on Eventbrite: face-to-face event and the online event (starts at 1.30 pm).

Past Events

Women's unpaid work, class and Covid-19 in the UK

Speakers:Tracey Warren and Clare Lyonette

Date and time: 2-3 pm, Tuesday, 16 March 2021

In this webinar we explore the impact of COVID-19 on the paid and unpaid work of working class women, including comparisons with women and men in other class groupings.

The seminar draws on new survey data on the impact of COVID-19 on women and men in the UK. In 2020, participants in the ‘UK Household Longitudinal Study’ were invited to take part in new monthly surveys and 17,450 participants filled in a first-wave questionnaire in April. Our study looks at employed women and men, and class variation in their experiences, over time. The project ‘Carrying the work burden of the Covid-19 pandemic: working class women in the UK’ is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19 (Project ES/V009400/1), and is in partnership with the Women’s Budget Group.

Photo: Tim Dennell via a CC-BY-NC 2.0 licence.

CREW webinar - Lorenzo Feltrin on noxious deindustrialisation

At the first CREW webinar Lorenzo Feltrin will introduce the concept of noxious deindustrialisation, drawing on his research in Grangemouth, Scotland.

Lorenzo Feltrin holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies (University of Warwick). His research interests are in the areas of labour, social movements, and political ecology. Lorenzo was a member of the research team working on the European Research Commission (ERC)-funded project Toxic Expertise.

Date and time: 2-3.30 pm, 17 February 2021

Venue: Eventbrite/Teams

Please register on Eventbrite.

(Photo by Wikipedia user: John, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Green Trade Unions in the Workplace and on the Street - Unions and Workers as Environmental/Climate Actors

What are UK unions doing in different sectoral contexts? What obstacles are they are facing and how can they overcome these obstacles? The starting point for discussion will be the findings of a recently completed project Agreenment.

Date and time: 3pm – 5 pm, 19 February 2020

Venue: Warwick Business School, Room 1.003


Sam Mason - Public and Commercial Services Union

Sarah Woolley – Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union

Simon Boxley – UCU, University of Winchester

Nick Lawrence - UCU, University of Warwick

Moderator: Ania Zbyszewska – Carleton University (Canada)

The event includes ‘afternoon tea’ and opportunities for networking.

Registration is not necessary, but if you are planning to attend, please RSVP to help us with planning:


PhD Course (non-credit)

Researching Gender(ed) Work: Concepts and Methods

DATE: 2 May 2019
TIME: 9:30-17:00
LOCATION: R1.04 Ramphal Building

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.

For further information on this advanced training session and to register please visit the relevant webpage.