Researching (In)equalities at Work’: Postgraduate Researchers’ Methods Symposium
Organised by The Work and Equalities Institute (WEI), Alliance Manchester Business School and funded by The British Sociological Association (BSA)
Date: Friday, 5th April 2019
Time: 8.50am — 7pm
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), The University of Manchester, Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PB
In recent years, there has been an increasing need for doctoral students working in the area of work and employment to research (in)equalities at work. This requires a complex set of skills, not traditionally taught in PGR training programmes. This daylong symposium will attempt to provide the tools which are needed to conduct this type of research, including the use of secondary data such as the Labour Force Survey and the Family Resources Survey. In addition to this, experienced researchers from the field will share their insights into how they conduct research on inequalities, ranging from gaining access to participants and organisations to how to undertake research on sensitive topics. The day will culminate with a panel discussion led by practitioners who deal with these work inequalities issues on a daily basis.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Ken McPhail (Deputy Head of School and Director of Research, AMBS)
Theme 1: “Accessing and utilising existing data”
Dr Sarah King-Hele (UKDS) and Dr Anthony Rafferty (AMBS) will discuss the practicalities of accessing and utilising existing large data sources useful for studying work equalities.
Theme 2: “Accessing organisations and participants”
Dr Sheena Johnson (AMBS), Dr Mathew Johnson (AMBS) and Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio (AMBS) will discuss how to approach and discuss sensitive issues with organisational gatekeepers, including methods of accessing underrepresented populations (e.g., vulnerable workers, those living in precarious circumstances).
Theme 3: “Undertaking research on sensitive topics”
Dr Lucy Webb (MMU), Dr Jo Cartwright (London Metropolitan), Dr Robert Akparibo (University of Sheffield) and Dr Clare Mumford (AMBS) will share the tools to approach topics related to equalities with appropriate respect and understanding. This will include ethical methods for accessing sensitive issues through the use of co-production and ethnography, among other techniques.
Theme 4: “Voices from the Field”
The day will culminate with a panel discussion in which Dave Perfect (Equality and Human Rights Commission), Karen Lewis (GMB), Lisa Ryan (GMB) and Rosi Avis (Citizens Advice Manchester) will discuss the key issues faced by workers which they encounter on a daily basis.
Registration fee: £5 (BSA members), £15 (non-members) (including lunch, refreshments and drinks reception)
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