Work and Working Lives

We aim to develop an understanding of how decent work and productivity are helped are hindered by employment practices.

We are concerned with the management of people at work, and the meaning, experience and quality of work and working lives.

We are also interested in how these things influence work productivity, and in providing an evidence base to drive improvements. Accordingly, our research addresses the key issues raised in the ‘Good Work’ report and the government’s Industrial Strategy.

Our areas of interest:

In each of these areas we work with scholars, within the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre and beyond, to consider the application of ideas and practices on different demographic groups (e.g. in relation to gender, class, ethnicity, disability, age) and in different settings (e.g. SMEs, health and social care).

Our Projects

Allied Health Professionals – Workforce Report  -  Funded by Health Education England NW

Gender Pay Gap in Medicine - Funded by Department of Health and Social Care -

Blame in Work Organisations - Funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Skills Utilisation in Local Economies - Funded by JP Morgan Foundation/Chartered  Institute of Personnel and Development

Skills and Working Conditions in Adult Social Care - Funded by Welsh Government/Care Council for Wales

People Management in Small Businesses - Funded by JP Morgan Foundation/Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Research Group Leader

Dr Alison Collins

Group Leader - Work and Working Life

Dr Alison Collins leads the Work and Working Life research group.

Find out more

Phone +44 (0)161 247 6359

Our Expertise