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Just Work in Greater Manchester

Alliance MBS’ European Work and Employment Research and Fair Work Research Centres - EWERC and FairWRC – are joining forces to undertake this ambitious programme of research which builds on the combined activities of the centres in recent years.

The Just Work programme is set against a backdrop of changing regulatory, economic, political and technological conditions. For instance managers are forging new social contracts in the workplace which are both enabling and hindering the long-term capacities of UK organisations to develop productive, dignified and sustainable work.

The team is specifically developing a set of resources:

  • A qualitative data-set of organisational case studies in the North West region to investigate a range of challenges for equality, fairness and sustainability in the workplace
  • Qualitative interviews with those excluded or on the margins of formal employment such as migrants, the disabled and young people
  • Secondary data analysis, including longitudinal panel analysis and statistical modelling, to understand employment trends
  • International comparative analysis to disentangle the systemic and societal conditions shaping the capacities of the UK to sustain just work

The data collection and analysis will be guided by four research questions:

  • How are organisations in the North West restructuring their activities and work/employment practices in the context of changing technologies and changed economic conditions?
  • How are employers responding to the increasingly diverse workforce (reflecting varied life courses, care responsibilities, careers, skills and employability)? What are the prospects for the development and promotion of inclusive labour markets?
  • What new institutions are needed to enforce fair rights and responsibilities at work given the changing global business environment and regulatory capacity of the state?
  • How are questions of dignity and fairness understood by different actors (managers, unions, workers) in the workplace, and how do these connect (or not) with wider societal norms?