Dr Kendra Briken

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I joined the Department in June 2014 as Chancellor's Fellow. My research and teaching experience both focus on the study of changes in work and employment. I am interested in critically investigating the management of the Employment Relationship, new technologies at work, and the organisation of innovation. 


Has expertise in:

    My core expertise lies in the translation and facilitation of theory-led reserach results to different groups of stakeholders. Over the years, I planned and lead workshops on the subject areas mentioned below for people with all different background, varying from Chinese delegations to multinational Union representatives to local politicians and communities.

    • New technologies and the workplace
    • Skills and Gender
    • HRM and Public Sector Work in international comparison
    • Urban Security and Policing


Prizes and awards

Awarded Guest Lectureship

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Welcome in the machine. Human-machine relations and knowledge capture
Briken Kendra
Capital and Class (2019)
Sei ohne sorge : vom vermessen und un-/sichtbarmachen akademischer sorgearbeit in der neoliberalen Hochschule
Briken Kendra, Blättel-Mink Birgit, Rau Alexandra , Siegel Tilla
Vermessene Räume – Gespannte Beziehungen (2018) (2018)
Fulfilling the 'British Way' : beyond constrained choice - Amazon workers' lived experiences of workfare
Briken Kendra, Taylor Phil
Industrial Relations Journal Vol 49, pp. 438-458 (2018)
We Shall Overcome? The Work Ethic Revisited
Briken Kendra
The New Digital Workplace : How New Technologies Revolutionise Work
Briken Kendra, Chillas Shiona, Krywdzinski Martin
Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment (2017)
Actually existing capitalism : some digital delusions
Thompson Paul, Briken Kendra
The New Digital Workplace (2017) (2017)

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My teaching covers a broad range of HRM relevant subject areas. I am convinced that engaged teaching needs to be research-led. Our Department is an excellent place to follow this approach. It allows our students to learn the core theories and to apply them to the moist recent, cutting-edge, innovative case study material.


My core areas are:

  • Sociology of Work
  • Labour Process Theory
  • HRM and Public Sector
  • (International) Employee Relations
  • Surveillance Studies

Research interests

My reserach interests are in the broad area of changing work and employment structures. Over the last years, I did research the impact of the implementation of New Public Management on public servants in different nations and sectors (police, waste collection, energy). More recently, I started to investigate in the effects robotics-led workplaces will have on job quality. I am also interested in reseraching trade unions, particularly in terms of their representational and oragnisational capacities. My reserach relies on inter-disciplinary as well as international collaborations.

Professional activities

Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?
Precariousness in relation: Collective sense-making as cruel optimism
Research Affiliate
Data Justice Week Edinburgh - session Digital Labour
“Pesticides, poisoning and the politics of agrichemicals between Europe and Brazil”
Pesticides, poisoning and the politics of agrichemicals between Europe and Brazil

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Back to the Future? Creating sustainable economies
MacLean, Gavin (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Principal Investigator)
By investigating into crofting communities, this project aims at learning in how far alternative ecomonies rely on work ethics and values. The Project will add to the debates about the post-work Society and find out how ties are made and Held up in spaces already to be understood as beyond existings modes of work.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Work, Employment and Employment Law in Retail Fulfilment Centres - UK and India
Taylor, Philip (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator) Newsome, Kirsty (Principal Investigator) Busby, Nicole (Co-investigator) Minz, Johnson (Co-investigator) Paul, Bino (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2018
Employment, Work and Working Conditions in Retail Fulfilment Centres in the UK
Taylor, Philip (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator) Newsome, Kirsty (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2017

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Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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