Events archive

The Work and Equalities Institute has an archive of seminars, lectures and conferences.

Conferences

11 September 2018
TUC 150th Anniversary Congress, Manchester

Work and Equalities: Futures and Challenges

This fringe event took place as part of the TUC's 150th anniversary celebrations in Manchester. Using research undertaken by the Work and Equalities Institute at The University of Manchester, the meeting discussed how equality at work has been challenged and undermined by recent political developments.

Speakers including Professors Jill Rubery, Miguel Martinez Lucio and Debra Howcroft reflected on how the discourse of equality remains central to a labour movement agenda and how its reinvention in the age of Uberisation, Brexit and Trump is both necessary and possible.


10-11 September 2018
Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

The WEI Fourth Fairness at Work Conference 2018
Justice at Work: Challenges and Possibilities
2018 FairWRC Conference Programme


12-13 September 2016
Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

The Third International Fairness at Work Conference 2016
Fairer Futures: Understanding Standards and Practices at Work in a Challenging Global Context
2016 FairWRC Conference Programme


11-12 September 2014
Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

The Second International Fairness at Work Conference 2014
Reconstructing Fairness: the Contested Terrain of Fairness and Decency at Work
2014 2nd FairWRC Conference Programme


6-7 September 2012
Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

Fairness at Work Research Centre International Conference
Fairness at Work in Challenging Times
2012 FairWRC Conference Programme

 

 

Lectures

Annual Lecture 2019

Young women and men and the future of work and family formation
Professor Marian Baird, University of Sydney
Tuesday 4th June
4pm to 6pm
AMBS 3.006a


Most literature and public debate on the future of work revolves around the impact of technology, potential for job loss, changes in work design and new concepts of organisation and leadership. There is much less analysis of the gendered implications of work and labour market change. Using survey data from the Australian Working Women’s Future project, with a sample of 2,100 women and 500 men, augmented with focus group data from women in high and low skill, secure and precarious jobs, this presentation will focus on the experiences and expectations of young workers (16-40 year olds) in Australia.


The results highlight the discrepancies between women’s and men’s current experiences at work and some similarities in how they foresee the future of work and family formation. Our survey data show a convergence between men and women who are parents and young women who are not parents stating the importance for their futures of flexibility and work-family leave policies. Our qualitative data suggest having children is considered in similar ways by young women, regardless of skill level and job security, with the opportunity cost of child bearing versus work, and costs associated with child care and housing rating high in their considerations. These results portend a change in gender relations amongst younger working parents and have implications for policy at state and firm levels about work and family formation.



Marian Baird AO became Professor of Gender and Employment Relations in 2009, distinguishing her as the first female professor in industrial relations at the University of Sydney. In 2018 Marian is a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney. She is Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. Marian is one of Australia's leading researchers in the fields of women, work and care. She is CI on a number of significant research grants, including the Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and The Australian Women’s Work Futures project. Marian is a very engaged researcher, working with many government departments, organisations, unions and not-for-profits to improve the position for women in the workforce and society.

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Policy Discussion

The reality of wellbeing: beyond a fad and fascination

Friday 22nd Nov 2019


The labour market, nature of work, businesses and leaders all play a role in protecting, or damaging, the health and wellbeing of individuals, and companies increasingly recognise the value of paying attention to employee health and wellbeing. More than ever before we see open recognition of the value of positive mental health. However, changes in the nature of work (e.g. the gig economy), and workforce demographics (e.g. an ageing workforce), raise new challenges in terms of how to protect the health and wellbeing of the UK workforce. Furthermore, there is considerable uncertainty in the current political climate, and potential threats to employment and worker rights in the future which mean the progress made to date in terms of protecting health and wellbeing at work might be hindered.

What does this mean in terms of how health and wellbeing is viewed? What are current approaches to workplace health and wellbeing? What is the future of health and wellbeing?

The session will reflect on these questions and discuss the possibilities and risks related to health and wellbeing given the changes described above.  There will be discussion of a number of health and wellbeing initiatives and developments in terms of both research and policy.

Speakers include:

Dr Sheena Johnson (presenter) Work and Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School

Prof Miguel Martinez Lucio (chair and discussant) Work and Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School

Steve Craig (panel member) Unite the Union

Prof David Holman (panel member) Professor of Organisational Psychology, Alliance Manchester Business School

 

 

 


Policy Discussion

Developing Decent Work: issues and challenges in the case of Greater Manchester

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

The labour market and nature of work are changing at an alarming rate due to factors such as globalisation, the impact of de-regulation and the complexity of new technologies. We are seeing greater dualism and fragmentation in terms of employment, and the reach of the state and public policy is being challenged within such a context. However, public institutions at the local level are increasingly being seen as important platforms for re-regulating employment relations and standards. There is growing interest in the role that city and regional level public institutions can play in re-engineering a return to ‘decent’ labour standards: this is an emerging view being generated within the nation state, the European level and even the ILO.

Yet what does this mean in terms of establishing positive labour standards and reversing the shift to poor or bad employment practices? What are the challenges of utilising the local tiers of the state as a vehicle for decent work in terms of its organisational capacity, political diversities, and changing links to the European Union?

The session will reflect on these questions and discuss the possibilities and risks related to this new direction in establishing labour and employment standards.  There will be specific discussion of a number of emerging initiatives and developments both in Greater Manchester and further afield, including local employment charters, the role of local councils in providing decent work, the use of public procurement for setting minimum standards in supply chains, and the changing nature of social dialogue with city based organisations. 

 

Speakers and discussants  include:

Dr Sheena Johnson (also chairing) Work and Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School

Ian MacArthur Head of Strategic Relationships, GM Business Growth Hub

Dr Mat Johnson Work and Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School

Lynn Collins North West TUC

Stephen Overell Greater Manchester Combined Authority

 


Thursday 24 May 2018

2018 WEI Annual Lecture
New Forms of Governance: Striving for Better Jobs and Public Services

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Seminars and Webinars

Original Thinking Webinar

COVID-19 - Avoiding an employment cliff-edge (podcast)
With more than six million UK workers now having their wages paid by the state and 800,000 employers using the government's job retention scheme, just how viable is the scheme in the long-run? Is it feasible to extend the scheme beyond its current cut-off date of the end of June, and if so how should the government be looking to adapt and extend the scheme further? Likewise, what future shape should other employment protection measures taken in the wake of COVID-19, such as help for the self-employed, now take as we come out of lockdown?

Jill Rubery took part in an Original Thinking webinar debating the viability of the government's job retention scheme in the long-run, and related questions.
AMBS Webinar and podcast, 20 May 2020

WEI seminar series 2019-20

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


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

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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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WEI seminar series 2018-19


Wednesday 26 September 2018

‘Digital Taylorism’: What scope for collective bargaining at company level? Evidence from the logistics sector?
Dr Karen Jaehrling, Institute for Work, Skills and Training, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

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Wednesday 10 October 2018

‘It’s a Big Brother Type Thing’: Technology and the Labour Process in Parcel Delivery in the UK
Professor Kirsty Newsome

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Wednesday 7 November 2018, 3.30-5pm (coffee/tea at 4.15pm)
Alliance Manchester Business School East, Room B4

Bridge over troubled waters: A sociological investigation into the use of housecleaning services in a South African context
David Du Doit, University of Johannesburg

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Wednesday 5 December 2018, 3.30-5pm (coffee/tea at 4.15pm)
Alliance Manchester Business School East, Room B4

Methodological possibilities and challenges in studying diversity and intersectionality in the retail sector
Professor Catherine Cassell, University of Birmingham

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Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School East B7

‘An unequal opportunity? Female academics’ experiences of research evaluation in the UK'
Dr Emily Yarrow, University of Edinburgh Business School

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Date: Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School 3.008

Young workers and local economic development strategies in Greater Manchester
Dr Edward Yates, Sheffield University Management School

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Date: Monday, 11 March 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School 2.065 Pod A

Understanding the gender gap in multiple job holding
Professor Alison Preston, University of Western Australia

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Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School 3.008

The struggle for remedy and rights
Dr Jean Jenkins, Cardiff Business School

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Date: Wednesday 3 April
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 Hrs
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School 4.020
In conjunction with the Organisational Psychology Group

What shapes the design of jobs?
Dr Anja Van den Broeck, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven

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Date: Wednesday 8 May 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School 3.008

Psychic income: Working for nothing in the creative industries
Prof Irena Grugulis, Leeds University Business School

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Date: Wednesday 28 May 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School G.013

Financialization, work, and inequalities: the case of Italy
Dr Angelo Salento, Universita del Salento, Lecce

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WEI seminar series 2017-18


Wednesday 18 July 2018

Disclosing versus concealing a mental health problem at work: what do we know and where do we go from here?
Professor Laurent Lapierre (University of Ottowa)

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Wednesday 2 May 2018

Gender equality in the Australian public service: examining mechanisms for change
Dr Sue Williamson (University of NSW, Canberra)

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Wednesday 18 April 2018

Revisiting the ‘Japanization of British Industry: The contemporary state of shop-steward organisation in the UK car industry
Dr Niall Cullinane (Queen’s University Belfast)

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Wednesday 22 March 2018

National approaches to innovation: Robotics and the implications for work
Professor Caroline Lloyd (Cardiff)

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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Strategies for flexibility in a disconnected world
Professor Stephen Procter (Newcastle)
Discussants: Professor Jill Rubery (MCR) and Dr Andrew Smith (Bradford)

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Wednesday 8 November 2017

Work, health and stress: some observations
Professor Tarani Chandola (The University of Manchester)

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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Honoured in the breach: unpaid wages as a business model
Nick Clark (Middlesex University Business School)

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Wednesday 11 October 2017

Women in the workplace: the difference a generation makes
Sally Brett (Middlesex University Business School)

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Work and Equalities Institute launch event

Watch a video of our launch event which took place at a reception in the Fossils Gallery, Manchester Museum on 14 November 2018.

Work and Equalities Institute launch event

Watch a video of our launch event which took place at a reception in the Fossils Gallery, Manchester Museum on 14 November 2018.