Dr Kendra Briken

Senior Lecturer

Work, Employment and Organisation


Personal statement

As a trained sociologist, my research focusses on work, emplyment, and technology. I am specifically interested in developments around digitalisation of work, the decision making processes around the invention and implementation  of new technologies, and workforce outcomes. I am interested in the cross-sectional emerging varieties of automation, the related power structures, and how they are impacting on work and life. The integrity of teaching and research is crucial to my pedagogical approaches.

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Area of Expertise


  • New Technologies and the Workplace
  • Work and Gender
  • Labour Process Analysis & Critical Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Trade Unions 
  • Organisation theory


Prize And Awards

Awarded Guest Lectureship

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Analysing the labour process and the global political economy of work
Briken Kendra
Handbook of Research on the Global Political Economy of Work (2023) (2023)
Industry 5 and the human in human-centric manufacturing
Briken Kendra, Moore Jed, Scholarios Dora, Rose Emily, Sherlock Andrew
Sensors Vol 23 (2023)
Technology and the organization of work
Briken Kendra, MacKenzie Robert
International Human Resource Management , pp. 275-296 (2022)
Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?
McQuarrie Johanna, Findlay Patricia, Briken Kendra
Nordic Academy of Management (2019)
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 Unternehmerische Universitaeten und Geschlechterdynamiken (2018) (2018)

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My teaching covers the broad range of sociology of work. 

 My core areas are:

  • Sociology of Work
  • Social Theory
  • HRM and Public Sector
  • (International) Employee Relations
  • Surveillance Studies
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Research Interests

My reserach interests are in the broad area of changing work and employment structures, with a focus on new technologies and re-roganisation. 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 have on job quality. I am also interested in reseraching trade unions, particularly in terms of their representational and oragnisational capacities. My research relies on inter-disciplinary as well as international collaborations.

Professional Activities

Gender, Work and Organisation
The impact of the AI revolution on our businesses and teams
Gendered organisations and its impact on women's leadership trajectories
Is your organisation ready for the ChatGPT of things? (Episode 159, CIPD podcast)
International Labour Process Conference 2023
AI and workplace cultures. Unpacking the Human in Industry 5

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Fair Work in Scottish HEI's
Remnant, Jennifer (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator)
18-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2023
Amplifying Employee Voice and Hearing the Unheard: A Multidisciplinary Study of Contemporary Working Lives in Deindustrialised Communities
Johnstone, Stewart (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Ian (Co-investigator) Hadjisolomou, Tasos (Co-investigator) McCarthy, Tony (Co-investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Taylor, Philip (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
Industry 4.0: Can AI ethics be embedded in the innovation lifecycle?
Briken, Kendra (Principal Investigator) Rose, Emily (Co-investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
The Care Necessities - Developing Inclusive Digital Technologies for Scotland’s Post Pandemic Social Care (Digit Innovation Fund)
Briken, Kendra (Principal Investigator) Cunningham, Ian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Cities as mobility hubs: tackling social exclusion through ‘smart’ citizen engagement SMARTDEST
Baum, Thomas (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator) Sambajee, Pratima (Co-investigator)
Cities as mobility hubs: tackling social exclusion through ‘smart’ citizen engagement(SMARTDEST) H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2018
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Pesticide, labour and public health
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator)
Interdisciplinary, strategic research project to link hazardous chemicals to agricultural workplace risk
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020

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Dr Kendra Briken
Senior Lecturer
Work, Employment and Organisation

Email: kendra.briken@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 4074