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Work Futures Research Group

  • Unit(s) of assessment: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Social Work and Social Policy
  • Research theme: Health and Wellbeing
  • School: School of Social Sciences


The rapidly changing world of work has been highlighted as an urgent concern by government, academics, and numerous professional bodies. This research group builds on and consolidates areas of strength across the School of Social Sciences that are addressing some of the most challenging issues these changes present.

The inter-disciplinary membership of the group includes:

  • Sociologists collaborating around the theme of ‘precarity’, in association with colleagues from Nottingham Business School and the School of Arts and Humanities;
  • The ‘Good Work’ programme led by Nottingham Civic Exchange and involving academics and students in the Departments of Sociology and Psychology, as well as other Schools;
  • Psychologists within the Work, Wellbeing and Performance research group;
  • Academics involved in research and professional training across the fields of Education, Social Work and Health, and the Police, Fire and Ambulance services.

The group takes a distinctive approach in that it encompasses the wider social, economic, political, and organisational contexts in which work takes place and connects the study of work to the development of innovative work practices and healthy workplaces. Much of the group’s work is built on strong collaborations with external partners, including other universities, research end-users, and the RSA Future Work Centre.

Related projects

A selection of members' current research activity includes:

  • Private Hire and Hackney Drivers Work
  • Decent Work and the Platform Economy: Private Hire and Hackney Drivers in Nottingham
  • Widening participation graduates' experinces of career within a precarious labour market
  • Exploring the existential and social dimensions of precarious work: a qualitative study of temporary agency work in the UK
  • Caring for Capital: Capital Accumulation and the Crisis in the English Care Sector
  • An international study of people entering the teaching profession, including their perceptions of work/life balance
  • Reflective practice via the lens of life career and paradox: a contemplation of being and becoming a social worker
  • Evaluation of Citizens at the Heart: A Citizen Centred Approach to Tackling Hate Crime

For other associated projects see:

Good Work Nottingham

Work, Wellbeing and Performance Research Group

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