Our core values are Complexity – to reflect the a third wave globalisation theoretical approach (e.g. the post Communist experience is more varied and complex than early models would have predicted, debates on precarious worker are polarised with such authors as Doogan and Standing locking horns). Cutting Edge – the new world of work is infected by variances from the norm, which traditional business school and HRM/IR approaches have failed to capture (examples of non-normative research from within our group include a psychoanalytical view of social media in the workplace, and a visual sociology approach to the study of affective and associated labour). Comparative – we seek to apply a comparative methodology (to compare and contrast, to explain similarities and differences, and to understand the dialectic between path dependency and path-shaping, uneven and combined development).
Our research is strongly practitioner based, and members of the cluster have been commissioned to research for the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Low Wage Commission, the European Union, Global Union Federations, the PCS and Unite unions, and the International Labour Office (ILO).
Our key members and specialist areas of interest include: