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Wednesday 20 November 2019  

Speaker: Dr Sheena Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology, Alliance Manchester Business School

Title: Considering the Health and Wellbeing needs of Older Employees


Following the removal of a formal ‘retirement age’, and changes to the state pension age, there is an increasing trend for people to continue working into older age. Along with a decrease in the number of young people entering the workplace, this means some organisations are relying more and more on older workers. Despite this, there is remarkably little evidence that employers are thinking about the health implications of managing an ageing workforce.

In 2017, we set up the Age, Health and Professional Drivers’ Network (AHPD Network) which currently has over 70 member organisations, including transport and logistic firms and representatives, unions, employers and employees. During the research project the team explored the experiences and viewpoints of professional drivers and employers via: interviews with 10 health and safety managers and trainers; 1 focus group; a discussion forum with representatives from a transport union; interviews with 36 drivers of 7.5 to 44 tonne vehicles and 6 managers of two large national companies.

Working with network members a set of industry led Best Practice Guidelines were produced focussing on the mental and physical health and wellbeing needs of professional drivers, including targeted content relevant to older employees. The guidelines cover ten areas of health and wellbeing identified through the research as relevant for older workers. These are illustrated in a ‘Wellbeing Wheel’, and are detailed fully in the guidelines available for download here: The Best Practice Guidelines are separated into ten ‘spokes’ showing the key themes relating to driver health and wellbeing, with separate emphasis on Support, Implementation and Evaluation.

This seminar will cover changing workforce demographics, consider the health and wellbeing needs of older workers, and detail the findings of our research and content of the guidelines. The guidelines apply to employees of all ages, with highlighted advice of particular relevance to older employees. They are focused specifically on professional drivers but can be used when considering the needs of all employees.


2 May 2019

Ramphal Building

Researching Gender(ed) Work: Concepts & Methods

DTP Day School/ Not Credit Bearing Course for PhD and MA researchers

Ramiro Gomez, ‘Beverly Hills Housekeeper’, 2014.

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 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.


Monday 13 May 2019 Millburn House

The Future of Work and Inequalities

IAS Research Meeting

Together with IRRU, and with funding from IAS, we have organized a research meeting on the theme of Future of Work and Inequalities. The idea behind this event is to stimulate ideas and identify potential future research directions (and collaborations) in this area. As you will see from the programme below, we have invited as speakers a number of external researchers as well as Warwick-based colleagues who are doing exciting work in this field.



9 April
11.30am - 2pm

Room 1.007, WBS

Gender(s) at work: Glassed and Gendered (Kate Carruthers Thomas)

On Tuesday 9 April, Warwick will host Kate Carruthers Thomas to present the findings from contemporary UK research on gendered experiences of work and careers in higher education involving female, male, and gender non-binary staff in academic and professional services roles across the organisation. The presentation will draw on the narratives and ‘organisational maps’ of participants in the Gender(s) at Work project and is suitable for academic and professional audiences.

Kate Carruthers Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager for the Athena SWAN programme at Birmingham City University, currently researching the role of gender in HE career trajectories and experiences of work using a feminist social geographic lens and narrative/spatial research methods.

Tuesday, February 26, 3.00 to 4.30 R3.25 – Ramphal Building

Centre for the Study of Women and Gender – University of Warwick

“The Politics of Cultural Work: Inequality, Entrepreneurialism and Precarity”
Christina Scharff (King’s College London)

Work in the cultural and creative industries is often described as fulfilling and deeply satisfying, but research has demonstrated that it’s also precarious and marked by ongoing inequalities along the lines of gender, race, and class. This presentation will draw on research on the classical music profession in Berlin and London to discuss and problematise three features of contemporary, creative labour: 1) the underpinning entrepreneurial work ethos, 2) ongoing inequalities, 3) and precariousness. In focusing on these dynamics, special attention will be paid to the dimensions of gender and subjectivity.

Speaker Bio:
Christina Scharff is Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Her research interests are in gender, media, and culture with a focus on engagements with feminism and the politics of creative work. Christina is author of Repudiating Feminism: Young Women in a Neoliberal World (Ashgate, 2012) and, most recently, Gender, Subjectivity, and Cultural Work: The Classical Music Profession (Routledge, 2018). She co-edited (with Rosalind Gill) the books New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism (with Ana Sofia Elias and Rosalind Gill) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); and Digital Feminisms: Transnational activism in German protest cultures (with Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria Stehle).

This event is free and open to all, with no advance registration required. It will be followed by a reception.

Useful Information:

  • For information on getting to the University of Warwick, see here.
  • You can find a map of campus here. The lecture will take place in the Ramphal building, which appears at the centre of the map.
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible with accessible, gender-neutral toilets nearby. If you face other access barriers or require more detailed accessibility information, please let us know so we can support your full participation.
  • We are unfortunately not able to offer childcare for this event, but babies and children are fully and warmly welcomed, and we will do our best to provide any amenities and adjustments necessary to support colleagues bringing babies or children.
  • If you have any questions or need special assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Elwyn (


Wednesday 7 November 2018 17:00-19:00 Wolfson Reserach Exchange, Warwick Library

CREW Networking Event

Nice work if you can get it: why job quality matters

Job quality matters. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, non-standard employment has grown across Europe and the gig economy threatens to reconfigure work. Worried about these developments, government and political parties across the UK are developing initiatives to promote ‘good work’, ‘decent work’ and ‘fair work’. This panel event discusses how research and policy can help improve job quality across the UK.

Speakers: Chris Warhurst (IER), Anne-Marie Greene (Leicester) and Paul Edwards (Birmingham)

Discussant: Jimmy Donaghey (IRRU)

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 17:00-19:00

Wolfson Research Exchange Warwick Library

Book Talk

Striking Women: Struggles & Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet

Talk by the authors of Striking Women: Struggles & Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet about their development of the research behind the book and its current implications.

Speakers: Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 10.00-13:00

Wolfson Research Exchange Warwick Library

CREW PhD Master Class

Innovative Methodologies for Practicing and Translating Research: ON WORK, GENDER AND THE ENVIRONMENT

How can you integrate innovative research methods into your project? How can academic research be designed to reach a wider audience using creative forms of communication? How can academics work with labour and social justice groups using socially engaged art? Join Professors Alice Mah and Vivian Price for a PhD Master Class exploring the use of multi-sited ethnography and creative ways of adapting and communicating research by way of feature length and short films, interactive archives, and collaborative image and poster exhibits.

Speakers: Prof Alice Mah (Warwick) and Prof Vivian Price (California State University)

Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 10:00-16:00 Social Sciences Building
Cowling Room S2.77

CREW Research Seminar

Exploring just transition and beyond

With the inauguration of the ILO Global Forum on Just Transition in late 2017, the concept of ‘just transition’ – for some time now promoted by labour movements – has been mainstreamed into policy debates on climate change-related economic and industrial adaptation, or eco-modernisation. Yet what just transition entails and, crucially, what renders it just in different contexts is not straight forward.

Speakers: Sam Adelman (Warwick), Stefania Barca (Coimbra), Alice Mah (Warwick), Vivian Price (Cal State), Nora Räthzel (Umea), Paolo Tomassetti (Adapt, Modena Reggio Emilia), David Uzzell (Surrey), Ania Zbyszewska (Warwick)

Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 5 – 7 pm Wolfson Research Exchange, Warwick Library

CREW annual networking event

Navigating complex transitions from education to work – young people in the UK labour market

In an increasingly competitive labour market, young people's experience of moving from education to work has become protracted, unstable and fragmented. Unwaged work, temporary work and involuntary part-time work, often within the gig economy, have become more common, regardless of qualifications. Young people are faced with an important and complex set of decisions.

The ESRC-funded project Precarious Pathways to Employment examined the youth labour market in the Midlands from the perspectives of young people themselves, and their employers.

Two members of the research team, Kate Purcell and Peter Elias (Institute for Employment Research), will share the findings of this project. Their preliminary report, Present tense, future imperfect? Young people’s pathways into work, was published in Autumn 2017.

Nov and Dec 2017

Central Hall Westminster, London

UK Employment Policy in a Changing Europe - Warwick Brexit Briefings on Employment

Westminster Policy Briefings

Warwick experts weighing-in on labour market, employment policy and employment rights implications of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

  • 14 Nov 2017 - Migration and Skills: G. Meardi, E. Kispeter & A. Green
  • 23 Nov 2017 - Job Loss and Job Creation - Pitfalls and Opportunities?: N. Driffield & E. Kispeter
  • 27 Nov 2017 - Training Funds for the Unemployed: C. Warhurst, D. Luchinskaya & P. Dickinson
  • 7 Dec 2017 - Employment Rights and Regulation: A. Zbyszewska & A. Neal

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017

Friday, 3 Nov 2017

Seminar Room,
Wolfson Research Exchange, Library

UK Employment Policy in a Changing Europe - Warwick Brexit Briefings on Employment

CREW Discussion Seminars

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 11:30-13:30

  • Job Loss and Job Creation
  • Training Funds for the Unemployed

Friday, 3 Nov 2017 12:00-14:00

  • Migration and Skills
  • Employment Rights and Regulation


Tuesday 25th April 2017

Seminar Room, Wolfson Research Exchange, Library

'Meet the Editors' and Networking Event

Where is research heading in the fields of employment, work, and organization? The editors of top journals in the field discuss current and future trends. Featuring:

Kim Hoque, associate editor, Human Relations; Professor, Warwick
Paul Marginson, associate editor, ILR Review; Emeritus Professor, Warwick
Ida Sabelis, joint editor-in-chief, Gender, Work & Organization; Associate Professor, VU
Melanie Simms, joint editor-in-chief, Work, Employment & Society; Professor, Leicester

February 28, 2017
1.005, Warwick Business School

Gendered Work in Global Food Commodity Chains

A seminar followed by a public lecture by Professor Stephanie Barrientos (University of Manchester), whose research on global value chains and agrifood – including the role of supermarkets – is widely applauded.

Event was jointly sponsored by the Global Research Priority on International Development, Connecting Research on Employment and Work (CREW) newtork; the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender; and the Institute of Advanced Study.


Past events

November 21, 2016

Wolfson Research Exchange, Library

CREW Networking Lunch and Book Forum

To celebrate the launch of Ania Zbyszewska's new book on Gendering European Working Time Regimes (CUP 2016) which brings the relationship between paid and unpaid work to the fore, along with issues of employment regulation in Europe.

Discussants: Ralf Rogowski (Law), Guglielmo Meardi (IRRU-WBS), Erika Kispeter (IER).

April 18, 2016


Warwick Business School


Who speaks for labour market outsiders?

The round table featuring the participants in a British Academy-funded project on ‘The representation of the losers of the crisis’ and two University of Warwick experts on youth employment and on political representation.

Participants: Guglielmo Meardi, Duncan Adam (IRRU, Warwick Business School), Melanie Simms (University of Leicester), Bianca Beccalli (University of Milan), Enrico Pugliese (CNR Rome), Stefan Kerber-Clasen (Erlangen-Nurnberg University)

Discussants: Kate Purcell (Institute for Employment Research), Michael Saward (PaIS)


March 2, 2016

Wolfson Research Exchange, Library


'The changing composition of employment in Europe: upgrading or polarisation?'
John Hurley, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


February 19, 2016

Millburn House seminar room

PhD Writing Workshop

The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender hosted a workshop for PhD students on writing from your thesis for publication. Led by JaneMaree Maher from Monash University.


February 18, 2016

Ramphal 1.13

Seminar (organised with Centre for the Study of Women and Gender)

‘Sex work, work and women as workers: beyond definition debates’
with JaneMaree Maher (Monash University)


November 19, 2015

Wolfson Research Exchange, Library


Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams spoke about thier new book called Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work.

5.00-6.30pm October 28, 2015

Wolfson Research Exchange, Library

Welcome to CREW: An opportunity for faculty and postgraduate students from different departments and centres to meet informally over wine, canapés and short informal presentations by staff from participating departments.


5.00-6.30pm November 20, 2015

S0.20 Social Sciences Building

Launch Lecture

Professor Colin Crouch, (Department of Sociology, Oxford and Emeritus Professor, Warwick) 'Employment Security in the Neoliberal Age'

Capitalism has a perennial problem in its need to combine workers on uncertain incomes and conditions with consumers confident that they can spend. Different national economies present us with a variety of approaches to this dilemma, with varying degrees of success and varied implications for social inequality. Colin Crouch examined this diversity in 30 European societies, with some comparisons with Japanese, Russian and US experience, and how the 2008 financial crisis has changed it.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

R0.03/4, Ramphal building

Visiting Lecture

Mary Gatta, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University (Funded by CREW, IER and Sociology)

'All I Want is A Job: Women and the US Public Workforce System'

Mary Gatta, Senior Scholar at Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington DC and lecturer at Rutgers University, shared findings from her new book All I Want is A Job. She revealed the experiences of unemployed women as they navigate the US public workforce system and struggle to survive unemployment during the great recession. The lecture wove together interviews with the unemployed and the "street-­‐level bureaucrats" who service them, as well as her own experience of going undercover in the US system. She also discussed American workforce policy through a gender and racial lens, and consider how jobs policy needs to change in today's economy.

10.00-1.00pm Friday January 16, 2015

A0.26, Millburn House

PhD/MPhil Workshop

'Studying low waged women—research methods for academic and policy work'
With Mary Gatta, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University and Lydia Hayes, Cardiff Law School

January 16, 2015

A0.28, Milburn House

Student CREW organising meeting

May 8, 2015

R0.03/R0.04 Ramphal Building

Festival of Social Sciences: Looking Back, Looking Forward: What's Been Happening to Work and Employment?

Researchers studying work and employment discussed their research findings and insights with members of the public and students and staff at the University. We reflected on the key changes in work and employment they have observed over course of their research careers; we also discussed current research in growing areas of employment and unemployment in the UK and internationally.

September 2013

University of Warwick

Warwick hosted the British Sociological Association's Work, Employment and Society conference at Warwick in September 2013.The conference had an international focus and was held at a critical time for the study of work. Over the few last years, unprecedented state intervention in the economy and subsequent radical reform plans for the public sector and the welfare state have raised new questions on the ways work is socially regulated: the WES 2013 conference brought together sociologists of work from across the globe to assess the evidence and consider the theoretical implications of changing relations between work, society and the state.

Speakers included: •Prof Bridget Anderson, Oxford University •Prof Patrick Bond, Kwa-Zulu Natal •Mr Han Dongfang, China Labour Bulletin •Prof Stefano Harney, Singapore Business School •Prof Anke Hassel, Hertie School, Berlin •Prof Chris Howell, Oberlin College •Prof Bob Jessop, Lancaster University •Prof Ruth Milkman, City University New York •Prof Jackie O’Reilly, Brighton University •Dr Tim Pringle, SOAS •Prof Saskia Sassen, Columbia University •Prof Peter Turnbull, Cardiff University