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WERU projects and funders

WERU’s current research includes both basic and applied research.  It is funded by internal sources:

  1. Research project supported by Low Pay Commission will look into the effects of the National Living Wage on individuals with non-standard employment arrangements. The Greenwich team consisting of Sian Moore, Geoffrey White and Bethania Antunes  will be working with Stephanie Tailby from University of West of England and Kirsty Newsome from Sheffield to undertake case studies in six industry sectors.
  1. Aiming for skilled or secure employment on the EU market: a Sisyphean task? project will investigate the process of work transitions and transnational mobility of qualified young and precarious teachers and social care workers. The research will be conducted by Barbara Samaluk as part of  her Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship award.
  2. Bargaining for productivity project will investigate the importance of constructive dialogue between employers and unions, analysing how co-operation and ‘bargaining’ between the two parties can deliver benefits in areas such as pay, workforce diversity, employee involvement and skills.WERU members Graham Symon, Bethania Antunes, and Laura Williams  will be working in partnership with institutions in Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
  3. Marketization.  Ian Greer, Lefteris Kretsos, Charles Umney, Barbara Samaluk, Maria Mantynen.  Grant from the European Research Council’s Starting Grants Scheme, ‘The Effects of Marketization on Societies’ (TEMS), from 2012 through 2015.  At 1.15 million euros, this is WERU’s largest project.
  4. Employment services and welfare reform.  Ian Greer, Patrick McGurk, Graham Symon, Lisa Schulte, Paul Field. Grant from the Hans Boeckler Foundation, ‘Marketization of Employment Services in European Comparison’ (MESEC), in 2012-13.  Our partners are IAQ in Duisburg and CARMA in Aalborg.  Additionally, internally funded research in 2011-13 on employer engagement with active labor market policies in the UK.
  5. Labour courts and adjudication.  Pete Burgess, Susan Corby.  ESRC-funded project from 2010-2011 on lay judges in employment tribunals.  Internal funding from 2011 to 13 to extend this research internationally. Grant from the Hans Boeckler Foundation, ‘The roles, resources and competencies of worker lay judges: a cross-national study,’ 2015-17. Our partners are in Zentrum für Sozialforschung Halle, Germany and the University of Strasbourg, France.
  6. Public sector restructuring and industrial relations. Bethania Antunes, Susan Corby, Ian Greer, David Hall, Lefteris Kretsos, Jane Lethbridge, Graham Symon, Charles Umney, Geoff White. Grant from the European Foundation for the  Improvement of Working and Living Conditions (EUROFOUND) in 2012-13 and a series of small commissions by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) starting in 2011.  Both are in collaboration with the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU).
  7. Whistleblowing.  Wim Vandekerckhove.  Internally funded projects in 2011-13 on public opinion concerning whistleblowing and the nature of advice given to whistleblowers.  The latter is in collaboration with Public Concern at Work.
  8. Precarity and low-wage work.  Lefteris Kretsos, Patrick McGurk, Geoff White.  Project funded by the Low Pay Commission (2009-10) on the enforcement of statutory wage minima.  ESRC-funded seminar on young people in precarious work in September 2012.
  9. Trade union renewal.  Ian Greer, Lefteris Kretsos, Lisa Schulte, Graham Symon, Charles Umney. Internally funded projects in 2012-13 on union activism in the maritime shipping and ports sectors and the activism of precarious workers in Southern Europe.  The former is in collaboration with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).  In addition, Lisa Schulte is working with partners in Fulda on a project funded by the Hans Boeckler Foundation on European Works Councils in the service sector.
  10. Small and medium-sized enterprises.  David Gray has just completed a major national survey, funded by accountants Kingston Smith, on the ‘Triggers for SME success’. He is also active in  bidding for research projects in leadership, management coaching and mentoring and e-learning.
  11. Globalization, labour, macroeconomic policy, and the crisis. Özlem Onaran has recently completed a project for the United Nations and the International  Labour Office, where she analyzes the effects of increasing inequality on global demand, and explores the potential for a wage-led recovery at the global level as a way out of the “Great Recession”. She is also active in bidding for research projects on the labour market outcomes of the crisis, macroeconomic and labour market policy alternatives, and the consequences for global governance.
  12. The employment legacy of the Olympic Games.  Patrick McGurk. This has been funded internally (2010-13).

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