The Work and Equalities Institute brings together graduate students to study a range of issues concerned with the changing nature of work and employment.

These include:

  • new forms of worker voice and conflict in the gig economy;
  • migrant networks and the emergence of independent worker networks;
  • regulation and HRM in SMEs;
  • union revitalisation in South America;
  • CSR and labour standards in West Africa;
  • precarious work and women’s employment;
  • technostress and well-being;
  • the impact of automation on women’s work in the retail sector;
  • the experience and/or the regulation of precarious employment;
  • UK pension reforms;
  • bystander behaviour in workplace bullying;
  • women stepping away from high-level careers  

The group of students actively present at conferences and organise a range of seminars and research networks within the institute.  There are a number of AMBS scholarships available each year to support new PhD students as well as studentships from the ESRC’s North West Doctoral College.

In April 2021 Eva Herman, Lee Stringer and Abbie Winton presented papers at the 39th International Labour Process Conference

In 2018-19 the WEI PGR Network was successful in attaining two rounds of funding, from the British Sociological Association and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

With the first round of funding, they held the BSA “Researching (In)equalities at Work’ PGR symposium event in April (co-funded by Methods@Manchester), which was attended by 40 people from a range of different institutions in the UK as well as abroad. The themes of the day covered issues which were felt to be missing in the standard PGR training curriculum such as accessing and utilising existing data, accessing organisations and participants, undertaking research on sensitive topics, and included voices from the field.

The JMCE funding was used for a PGR seminar series covering more practically-driven topics appealing to PGRs at different stages of their research, including sessions on publishing an academic article, careers in a Post-Brexit scenario, writing funding applications and how to use social media in academic research.

The network successfully won the same funding in 2019-20 but due to COVID-19, the events were cancelled.

For the 2020-21 events please visit the Institute events page.


The Work and Equalities Institute student network runs a series of seminars and workshops.

Postgraduate Researchers’ Seminar Series 2020-21

The Work and Equalities Institute is pleased to announce a new online seminar series open to all Postgraduate Researchers (PGR). The series will discuss the current Covid-19 context and the challenges faced conducting research within this. This series will aim to address the different challenges that PGRs who research work and inequalities are experiencing, and will aim to provide them with some of the tools needed to address and overcome these issues. Our speakers will provide their top tips on a variety of topics and will reflect on the different methodological tools they employed throughout their careers.

For further information please visit the Institute events page.


Online course: Power, politics and influence at work

Tony Dundon, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Emma Hughes and Roger Walden, from the universities of Limerick, Manchester and Liverpool, have produced an online course on 'Power, politics and influence at work'. The course, which goes live on Monday 12th October, is geared towards labour and union activists, policy advocates and anyone interested in employment (in)equalities and debates about the future of work. The course is free, and takes approximately four hours of learning per week for five weeks. Details are available on the Futurelearn website and you can download information here.

There is also a short book with the same title 'Power, politics and influence at work'.