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Unfulfilled? – Exploring work and employment in warehousing and logistics spaces

Nottingham Civic Exchange

Unfulfilled: Work, Labour and Employment in Amazon's Fulfilment Centres
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Unfulfilled? Exploring work and employment in warehousing and logistics spaces

Join us on Black Friday to explore the challenges and opportunities of researching the future of work as digitisation and mechanisation continue to be used to adapt the work process to ensure consumers and businesses can receive their goods in record time. Dr Holland and Dr Vickers have gathered together and analysed over 500 sources of information to create a unique picture of working practices and their impacts on human wellbeing. This event is supported by Nottingham Civic Exchange.

The authors, who are members of the Work Futures Research Group, will present their report for discussion by an expert panel at a public online event on 26th November. The audience will have the opportunity to engage the panel in a live Q & A.


Dr Tom Vickers

Tom is the leader of the Work Futures Research Group in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University

Alex Norris MP

Alex has been the Labour and Co-operative MP for Nottingham North since June 2017. As part of Labour’s Shadow Health Team, he holds the portfolio for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Alex was a Nottingham City Councillor holding responsibility for Adults and Health and also worked as a Trade Union Organiser.

Mick Rix

Mick is the National Officer of the GMB Union, which represents 480,000 people in work across the public and private sectors. He brings years of experience organising with Amazon warehouse and logistics workers to address the challenges they face at work.

Dr Ellen Reese

Ellen is Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies at the University of California, Riverside.  Her research focuses on gender, race, and class, welfare state development, social movements, and poverty and work.  She is the co-editor of The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy (Pluto Press 2020)

Julia Lindblom

Julia is a journalist at the newspaper Arbetaren and author of the AMAZON Bakom framgången/AMAZON - behind the success (Verbal 2021)


12:30 - Welcome and introduction:  Professor Paul Warmington, Associate Dean for Research, Social Sciences – researching the future of work

12:35 – Key questions when researching the impact of innovative work and employment models: Dr Tom Vickers

12:45 - Reflections from the panel

  • Alex Norris MP
  • Dr Ellen Reese
  • Mick Rix
  • Julia Lindblom

13:10 - Questions and Answers

13:25 - Event Summary: Dr Tom Vickers

Find out more about the research project.

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