Group members

The Perspectives on Work research group brings together researchers, from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Social Sciences & Law, other faculties within the University and within the wider community, with expertise in topics connected to work.

Group lead

Dr Harry PittsSchool of Management
Research interests: features of work and economic life; new and alternative forms of organisaion; freelance work and self-employment; work in the cultural and creative industries; policy responses to automation and the end of work, including the basic income.

Group members

Dr Diego Acosta ArcarazoUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: migration law; labour law; free movement of workers; regional arrangements in Europe and South America.
 
Pankhuri Agarwal, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies  
 Research interests: labour and work, gender, slavery, human trafficking, freedom, migration and mobility.
 
Prof Bridget AndersonSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: labour market flexibilities; citizenship rights; trafficking and modern day slavery; state enforcement and deportation.
 
Dr Rutvica AndrijasevicSchool of Management
Research interests: the impact of labour migration, national state power and gendered division of labour on work and employment practices.
 
Dr Katie BalesUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: asyslum seekers and social policy; welfare state; labour law; socio-economic rights; political economy; cosmopolitanism; intersectionality.
 
Prof John BeaverstockSchool of Management
Research interests: transnational work; cross-border mobilities; global banking and professional service firms; international business travel in the contemporary global economy; transnational freelancing.
 
Dr Vanessa BeckSchool of Management 
Research interests: groups on the margins of the labour market or at the boundaries of work, i.e. the unemployed or underemployed, NEETs, older workers; employment biographies and transformations in the structure and requirements of work.
 
Prof Alan BoggUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: Labour, employment and work laws; the worker-protective aspects of common law reasoning; freedom of association; common law fundemental rights; the role of criminalisation in work relations; and the future of the social democratic constitution.
 
Dr Egle CesnulyteSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: political economy of development; gender; sexualities; African politics.
 
Dr Jennifer CollinsUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: the interface between labour law regulation and criminal law interventions; exploitation of persons and how, if at all, crimal law might justifiably respond to it.
 
Dr Katie CruzUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: feminist and Marxist theory; regulation of sex work; trafficking for sexual exploitation; 'free'/unfree labour; basic income; public law.
 
Dr Manoj Dias-Abey, University of Bristol Law School 
 Research interests: farm worker organizations and movements; social movements and labour law; the political economy of temporary labour migration; law and inequality; and labour law and corporations.
 
Dr Kevin DooganSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: institutional restructuring and labour market change in the UK, Europe and America; job insecurity and the 'new economy'; mobility; flexibility and industrial relations at different spacial levels from the local economy to the European Union.
 
Dr Pier Luc Dupont Picard, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: anti-discrimination law and its impact on intergroup relations in the employment context and beyond; reproductive work and struggles around its recognition, renumeration and cultural dimensions.
 
Dr Tomaso FerrandoUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: The multi-territoriality of production; leverage of legal structures across value chains and different geographies; the relationship between gig economy, labour conditions and redefinition of food.
 
Prof Jeffrey HendersonSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: the sociology, politics and political economy of economic development; the development consequences of global production networks; the relation of economic governanceto inequality and poverty.
 
Dr Julie MacLeavySchool of Geographical Sciences
Research interests: governance of work/worklessness; work orientated welfare reform; gender divisions of work and care; economic restructuring and labour market change; neoliberalism. 
 
Prof Morag McDermontUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: the role of advice agencies in supporting people with employment disputes; alternative working models for clients with employment and debt problems.
 
Prof Glenn MorganSchool of Management
Research interests: the impact of globalisation on different forms of capitalism; the interaction of institutions and new innovations in the primary, manufacturing and service sectors in emerging economies in Latin America and Asia.
 
Prof Tonia NovitzUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: implications of national and transnational legal regulation for the temporary mobility of workers; proposals for changes to employment status in the UK responding to the evolution of the 'gig' economy.
 
Prof Julia O'Connell DavidsonSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: modern slavery; slavery; migration; immigration detention; children and childhoods.
 
Prof Martin Parker, School of Management
Research interests: particular sorts of organisations (the circus, the worker co-op, Apollo space programme etc); ways of representing organising (art, cartoons, films); 'alternative' organisation (co-operatives, worker self-management, alternative finance); different ways of thinking about what 'organisation' means (angels, shipping containers, art galleries, outlaws).
 
Dr Gregory Schwartz, School of Management
Research interests: the effects of the transformations in global political economy on the nature of work, forms of labour organisation, the subjectivities of labour, the links between labour migration, gender and social reproduction, and the problem of management in the social organisation of work.
 
Prof Andrew SturdySchool Management
Research interests: changes in the nature of managent control and work, the role of key agents such as management consultants, emerging ideas in transforming work agendas.
 
Dr Huw ThomasSchool of Management
Research interests: International labour standards in a range of economic sectors; the impact of global production networks on labour governance and the role of international organisations.
 
Prof Peter TurnbullSchool of Management
Research interests: social dumping in the transport sector; internationally mobile workers; regulatory changes; new business models; technology.
 
Dr Sheena VachhaniSchool of Management
Research interests: embodiment, difference, ethics, identity and the feminine in organisation; critical approaches to the study of management and organisation.
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