Study

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 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.

Events

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

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 JMCS 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.

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.

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