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.
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
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.
- 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
more professional activities
- 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
Work, Employment and Organisation
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