Events

The Work and Equalities Institute runs a wide variety of different events and activities, and collaborates with a range of stakeholders.

Forthcoming events

Original Thinking Webinar

Is remote working the new future of work?

Tuesday 14 July 2020
Zoom
15:00 - 16:00

The COVID-19 crisis has thrown light on both the positive and negative aspects of home and remote working. On the one hand, workers have shown great resilience and resourcefulness in adapting to the challenges, demonstrating their commitment in the industries and sectors where it has been possible to do so. Indeed, as technology increasingly enables remote working, some employers are now considering a longer or even permanent shift to homeworking.

At this webinar Professor Tony Dundon from Kemmy Business School and Alliance Manchester Business School will be joined by Jonny Gifford, Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour at the CIPD, and Natasha Owusu, Policy & Campaigns Support Officer for Equalities at the TUC, to debate this most pressing issue of our time.

Learn more here.


WEI Webinar

Engaging with employers to reduce workplace inequalities for parents and carers: the case of the flexible working toolkit

Wednesday 15 July 2020
Zoom
15:00 - 16:30

Liz Atkinson and Rebecca Harris from the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation's (GMCVO) discuss the approach to promoting flexible working for parents and carers who are returning to the workforce in Greater Manchester.

The session will introduce the flexible working toolkit that GMCVO have co-produced with a range of employers and Returners in the Greater Manchester region. Issues of how the content and design of the toolkit were developed as well as future issues of how to measure its impact, and its increased relevance in post-lockdown workplace, will all be discussed.

This will be an interactive session and will be of interest to anyone interested in gender inequality, flexible working, and how to increase the impact of their research using co-production methods with employers.

Find out about the toolkit here.

Please register on Eventbrite. You will receive a Zoom invitation closer to the webinar.

Annual Lecture 2020

Unfortunately, restrictions on international travel have meant that our speaker, Professor Fang Lee Cooke, is no longer able to join us. With this in mind, we have taken the decision to cancel the event, with a view to rescheduling later in the year.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will be in touch once we have confirmed a new date.

Third Annual Lecture

Can workers be organised if the state isn’t?

Digitalisation, work and employment in emerging and developing economies

Professor Fang Lee Cooke
Monash Business School, Monash University

Tuesday 24th March
1pm to 2.30pm, AMBS Eddie Davies Lecture Theatre

Lunch at 12pm in The Hive


Abstract

The role of the state in work and employment has traditionally been examined primarily at the macro level, focusing on its role as a regulator and employer in the context of employment relations. The role of the state, directly and indirectly, in shaping work and employment in the digitally-enabled business environment has remained insufficiently understood, particularly in less well-regulated economies. Informed by the recently renewed research interest in the role of the state and governance theory, and drawing on empirical evidence of recent development in the emerging and developing economy context, this presentation explores the role of the state as a key institutional actor in shaping the adoption of digital technology at macro and micro levels, with implications for work, employment and human resource management across different sectors and segments of workforce. It examines the role of the state in promoting the adoption of digital technology in businesses on the one hand, and how its social policy may impact firms’ decision in their automation and labour strategy on the other, with broader and, in some cases, significant social implications in the longer term. While not advocating statism, this presentation calls for more research attention to develop a more nuanced understanding of the diverse roles of the state at various levels and across business sectors in the light of its strategic goals and capability. It also highlights the need for state intervention in regulating new forms of labour strategy, such as that found in the digital platform economy in China.


About the speaker

Fang Lee Cooke is Associate Dean (Graduate Research) and Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Asia Studies at Monash Business School, Monash University, Australia. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Fang’s recent research projects include: Chinese firms in Africa and their employment/HRM practices and labour relations; employee resilience, HRM practices and engagement in the finance sector in the Asian region; the evolution of industrial relations and implications for foreign firms in South Asia; organizational practices and management models in the care sector; HRM in the care sector, including healthcare, aged care and disability care; digitalization and implications for skill, employment and HRM; and low carbon growth and future of work.


Seminar series 2019-20

Wednesday 18th March 2020
Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Room 3.014a

Engaging with employers to reduce workplace inequalities for parents and carers: the case of the flexible working toolkit
Liz Atkinson, senior project officer, and Rebecca Harris, employer engagement officer, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations

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Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Room 3.014a
 
Workers' organisations and the fetishism of the trade union form
Dr Maurizio Atzeni, Centre for Labour Relations, Argentinian National Research Council
 

Wednesday 6th May 2020
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 (tea and coffee at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Room 9.041
 
Professor Paul Stewart, Grenoble Ecole de Managememt
 

Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 (tea and coffee at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Room 3.014a
 
Does caste matter when doing business in India? Socio-legal and economic perspectives
Dr Vidyadhar Ishwar, Cardiff University
 

Wednesday 27th November 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:30 (tea and coffee at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Room Penthouse

Fungibility and social difference: (re)producing migrant labour's differential 'disposability' in the Czech Republic's export manufacturing sector.
Dr Hannah Schling, Lecturer in Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London


Wednesday 13th November 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:30 (tea and coffee at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Room 9.041

Law and legalities in everyday working life: towards a co-constitutive theory
Dr Eleanor Kirk, Research Associate, University of Glasgow School of Law

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Wednesday 30th October 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:30 (tea and coffee at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Room 3.013a

Worker power is a relationship, not a resource: Evidence and implications for practice on and beyond the docks
Dr Katy Fox-Hodess, Lecturer in Employment Relations, Sheffield University Management School

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Organisational Psychology Group with the Work and Equalities Institute

Date: Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Time: 18:00 - 19:30 Hrs (coffee/tea at 17:45)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Main Lecture Theatre G.003

The impact of work on (un)healthy ageing: How to reduce social inequalities?
Professor Yohannes Siegrist, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

 

ManReg with the Work and Equalities Institute

Thursday 10th October 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Williamson Building room 3.53

A poverty of labour law? Minimum wage erosion in care work
Professor Lydia Hayes, Kent Law School, University of Kent

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Wednesday 9th October 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:30 (tea and coffee at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Room 3.013a

Levelling the playing field: Towards a critical-social perspective on digital entrepreneurship
Dr Angela Martinez Dy, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Loughborough University London

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PGR events

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Policy Discussion

Policy Discussion

The next Policy Discussion will take place on Wednesday 20th May at 14:30.

Further details will follow