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Tuesday, 16 March 2021 online Teams

Women’s (un)paid work, class and COVID-19 in the UK


Do ‘unsettled times’ such as those created by the Covid-19 pandemic create an opportunity for ‘gender undoing’ (as opposed to ‘gender doing’) (Risman) and for challenging and changing everyday work practices (Elson)? Or has the pandemic intensified existing gender and class-based disadvantages both at home and in the workplace, bringing with it the prospect of an attack on - or at best a stalling of - equality in work in the UK? In this paper, 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.

We know already that working class women are more likely than other women to work part-time and to work in low-paid sectors and jobs (the ‘5C’ job-areas: cleaning, catering, clerical work, cashiering and caring). The pandemic has highlighted the essential work of working class women, work which brings with it severe risks to working class women’s working lives and well-being. For example, for women working in close contact with customers, clients and patients, COVID-19 brings work intensification and life-threatening health risks (e.g. those undertaking personal care in over-stretched care homes and hospitals). For many others, national and regional lockdowns have increased work instability, financial hardship and insecurity.

As well as the impact on paid work, the division of domestic labour has been brought into sharper focus with lockdown. There was limited research on class differences in the division of domestic labour before the pandemic: some research shows middle class men are more likely to share housework, especially if the female partner is also working; other studies show that working class men have more traditional attitudes but are more likely to ‘pick up the slack’ if the female partner is working and they are less likely to draw on the services of paid cleaners. Overall, the picture is one of ‘stalled progress’, with working women in couples still doing a disproportionate amount of housework and child- and other care, before the pandemic. We explore whether anything has changed since the pandemic began by asking, in partnered households with children, who is more or less likely to do the housework and caring for children with school and nursery closures, self-isolation and home-schooling?

Class also shapes the places and spaces where paid work is carried out. During lockdown, middle-class families have been more able to take advantage of flexible working arrangements, including working from home, in order to help them manage their additional responsibilities. The availability to work from home does not necessarily spell good news for middle-class women, however, in terms of the sharing of housework and childcare with partners.

This paper 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.

Wednesday 24th February 2021 online

Speaker: Bruce E Kaufman

Title: Using unitarist, pluralist, and radical frames to map the cross‐section distribution of employment relations across workplaces

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (GMT)


The frames of reference model developed by Fox, and extended by a number of other authors, is arguably the central paradigm framework in the employment/industrial relations field. Despite its importance and popularity, use of frames of reference to structure empirical analysis and develop hypotheses is relatively rare and, to the best of our knowledge, the framework and its key constructs and principles have themselves never been empirically examined with data from a representative cross‐section of work places using quantitative methods.

This article, with the aid of a new four‐country (Australia, Canada, UK, and US) survey data set on 7000+ workplaces, initiates this kind of empirical study.

The frames of reference distinguish three main types of employment relationships: unitarist, pluralist, radical.

We select six attitudinal/behavioral indicators from the data set that distinguish which frame a workplace is in, combine them to form a Relational Quality Index, plot the 7000+ Relational Quality Index observations as four‐ country frequency distributions, and use different statistical criteria to indicate the relative size of each frame.

We next do regression analysis in which the 7000+ workplace Relational Quality Index scores are the dependent variable and construct from the data set 20 frames of reference explanatory variables. As theory predicts, work places with stronger common (opposed) interests have better (worse) employer–employee relations.

Wednesday 17 February 2021 online

Lorenzo Feltrin will discuss his work on noxious deindustrialisation, drawing on research on the petrochemical production in Grangemouth, Scotland.

Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues and students who may be interested. We have booked 90 minutes to allow for a Q&A session and any CREW networking after Lorenzo’s presentation.


Noxious deindustrialisation is defined as employment deindustrialisation in areas where burdensome industries are still active. Its main driver is industrial automation in a context of slow output growth, which raises industrial productivity while expelling workers from industry itself. Noxious deindustrialisation is thus an on-going and self-reproducing process linked to operating factories that need less living labour than they used to while they continue to expose nearby communities to the burdens of heavy industry.

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.

Monday 11 January 2021 online

Productivity, Performance and Inward Investment

How can you build a bedrock excellence for productivity? What leadership practices could firms develop to accelerate their journey to Supply Chain Productivity?

In our first webinar of the 2021 series, Professor Jan Godsell, Professor Nigel Driffield and Clive Reynolds will provide reflections on value creation at firm level, what firms could do improve High Performance Working and Productivity and what this means for policy makers.

Wednesday 18 November 2020 online

Presenter: Professor Rosemary Batt, ILR School, Cornell University

Title: Sustainable Prosperity for All: Why Labor Needs a National Investment Authority

Authors: Rosemary Batt and Saule Omarova, Cornell University


In this paper, we argue that US labor needs a National Investment Authority – a structure that resembles the New Deal’s Reconstruction Finance Corporation, but goes beyond it in ways that respond to the current political and economic crisis facing the US. We argue that labor policy reform alone -- without fundamental financial reform -- will not change the power dynamics between labor and capital. Labor will remain in a defensive and reactive posture vis a vis corporate power and finance capital. The NIA would be a permanent institutional structure to coordinate the financing and implementation of crisis responses – as well as long-term strategies to restructure the economy for a sustainable future. The mandate would be twofold: To organize and mobilize the nation’s economic resources in response to systemic crises; and to coordinate and finance ongoing public and private investment in critical public infrastructure and socially inclusive and sustainable economic growth. While we focus on the US, we believe that other countries would also benefit from a similar institutional formation.

Wednesday 11 November 2020 Microsoft Teams

Matthew Bidwell (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) will be speaking at our second seminar discussing

Title: Lateral mobility within internal labour markets


There is growing evidence that many job moves within organizations take people sideways, into jobs that are at the same hierarchical level as the one that was left. Despite the prevalence of these lateral moves, though, we have little evidence on what role they play in workers’ careers. We use an abductive approach to explore that role. We first use matching and career theories to outline the variety of different ways in which lateral moves might affect workers’ careers, based both on how the moves take workers into jobs with different skill demands and jobs with different rewards. We use this framework to guide our empirical exploration of eight years of personnel data from a large US healthcare company. Our analyses show that those employees who move laterally achieve substantially higher pay growth than those that do not, even though we do not find any evidence of performance improvements. We draw on these findings to suggest that lateral mobility may be a means for organization to continue rewarding those who are not able to be promoted.

Wednesday 4th November 2020


BUIRA Special Seminar - Covid-19 and the centrality of the employment relationship 4th November, Zoom

Invited to attend a British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Special Seminar on Covid-19 and the centrality of the employment relationship.

Speakers include:

  • Tony Dobbins (University of Birmingham, BUIRA President): the context of Covid-19 and the relevance of employment relations
  • Abbie Winton and Debra Howcroft (University of Manchester): What Covid-19 tells us about the value of human labour
  • Jo McBride (University of Durham) and Miguel Martínez Lucio (University of Manchester): Recognising the value of cleaning work
  • Phil Taylor (University of Strathclyde): Call Centres and Coronavirus report

Speakers will be followed by a Q & A session

For more details and to register, please see here:

Wednesday 21 October 2020 Microsoft Teams

Worker Voice, Representation and Implications for Public Policies.

Speaker: Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management, Co-Director MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research

Title: Worker Voice, Representation, and Implications for Public Policies

Abstract: There is growing evidence that shaping work of the future to achieve a more broadly shared prosperity will require rebuilding worker voice and representation, rebalancing power in employment relations, and making fundamental changes in American labor and employment policies. The enormous impacts that the COVID-19 virus and the rising protests against racism are having on work and employment increase the urgency to rethink policies and institutions supporting worker voice at all levels of the economy. Industry and workers/labor representatives are in the throes of the biggest changes in workplace practices, workforce redeployments, and job losses since the Great Depression. The devastating effects of the COVID-19 crisis laid bare the weaknesses in both the safety net governing work and in the policies governing worker voice. Together with the broad-based calls to address longstanding racial disparities, these two developments demonstrate that American workers need a stronger voice in determining when and under what conditions it is safe to work through the duration of the health crisis and in deciding what changes in workplace practices and policies will make their workplaces and the overall economy more inclusive, resilient, safe, productive, and equitable in the future. Labor, industry, and government leaders need to work together at national, state, and local levels of the economy to help determine and facilitate the massive changes taking place that will shape work of the future.

Wednesday 20 May, 2020 Warwick Business School

Industrial Relations Research Unit 50th anniversary symposium

In 1970 the then Social Science Research Council established its Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, under the Directorship of Hugh Clegg. In celebration of IRRU’s half century, we will be hosting a one day symposium to showcase our current research and also to reflect on IRRU’s past, present and future with a panel discussion involving IRRU’s current and some of its former Directors.

Chairs: Michael Terry and Richard Hyman

Session 1: Equality and Diversity.

Fuk Ying Tse: A sector-sensitive approach for the costs and benefits of employers' compliance with pay transparency

Kim Hoque: Exploring the government’s demand-side disability employment policies

Deborah Dean: Extending patriarchy in understanding gender disadvantage


Session 2: International and Comparative Employment Relations

Maria Gavris: A comparative analysis of the evolution of labour administration institutions in Britain and Germany

Manuela Galetto: The European Sectoral Social Dialogue: effective for whom?

Dulini Fernando: Women’s careers and nightwork in Sri Lanka’s global knowledge outsourcing industry

Session 3: Human Resource Management

Tina Kiefer: The importance of the psychological contract beyond violation: Implications for HRM

Achim Krausert: Investor perspectives on workforce data

Umar Boodoo: Financialization, workforce recontracting and job quality in leveraged buyouts: perfect storms of private equity, short-term-orientation, and debt

Session 4: Panel discussion - Learning from the past to understand the future

Chair: Linda Dickens


George Bain, Paul Edwards, Kim Hoque, Paul Marginson, Guglielmo Meardi, Keith Sisson

Wednesday 19 February 2020 Warwick Business School, Room 1.003

‘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.


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)

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