Research projects Work & Employment Research Unit

WERU's current research includes both basic and applied research. It is funded by internal sources and over one million pounds in external research income. It can be divided into several ongoing streams. Read our Annual Report to find out about our latest funded research projects.

1. Marketisation

The Effects of Marketisation on Societies (TEMS), was funded by a Grant from the European Research Council's Starting Grants Scheme. At 1.15 million euros, this is WERU's largest project and involved Ian Greer, Lefteris Kretsos, Charles Umney, Barbara Samaluk, Maria Mantynen. This was a comparative project lasting from 2012 until 2017 and explored the effects of marketization on societies focussing on four European countries (Greece, Slovenia, Finland and France) and four sectors (social care, healthcare, music and ports). Project outcomes can be found on the project's blog: Marketization in Europe.  

2. Labour courts and adjudication

'The roles, resources and competencies of worker lay judges: a cross-national study' is funded by a grant from the Hans Boeckler Foundation and led by Pete Burgess and Susan Corby. It focusses on the roles, resources and competencies of lay judges in labour courts in Great Britain, France and Germany formally began on September 2015 and will last for two years. The partners are: GB (University of Greenwich); France (Universities of Strasbourg and Versailles); Germany (Zentrum für Sozialforschung, Halle).

3. Whistleblowing

 In 2018 Laura William and Wim Vandekerckhove started working on a project "PI-ET Cocktail: Whistleblowing and Disability" supported by the British Academy, worth £10,000.

The Effectiveness of Whistleblowing - backed by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this study led by Dr Wim Vanderkerckhove aims to "close the gap" on our knowledge of the practice of whistleblowing and speak-up arrangements in various corporate settings. It involves Dr Marianna Fotaki of Warwick Business School and Dr Kate Kenny from Queen's University Belfast.

Wim Vandekerckhove. Internally funded projects in 2011-13 on public opinion concerning whistleblowing and the nature of advice given to whistleblowers. The latter is in collaboration with Public Concern at Work. 

4. Voluntary Recruitment Code in English Football

Dr, Patrick McGurk, Prof. Sian Moore, Dr. Michael Seeraj. Grant from Leverhulme Small Research Grants. This will evaluate the implementation of the VRC in the English Football League in 2016-17.

5. The EU workplace

Project 'Aiming for skilled or secure employment on the EU market: a Sisyphean task?' is conducted by Dr Barbara Samaluk and supported by the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Project lasts from 2018 until 2021 and investigates the process of work transitions and transnational mobility of qualified young and precarious teachers and social care workers.

6. Other

The effects of the National Living Wage on individuals with non-standard employment arrangements is supported by the Low Pay Commission and involves detailed scrutiny of hours and their relationship with earnings and whether the NLW is achieved by workers on non-standard contracts, taking into account variability in weekly pay and fluctuations in the paid and unpaid components of working time. The Greenwich team consisting of Sian Moore, Geoffrey White and Bethania Antunes will be working with Stephanie Tailby from University of West of England and Kirsty Newsome from Sheffield to undertake case studies in six industry sectors.

Bargaining for productivity: an international comparative study of how productivity is manifested on the collective bargaining agenda investigates the importance of constructive dialogue between employers and unions, analysing how co-operation and 'bargaining' between the two parties can deliver benefits in areas such as pay, workforce diversity, employee involvement and skills. WERU members Graham Symon, Bethania Antunes, and Laura Williams will be working in partnership with institutions in Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
An Evaluation of the impact of UNISON's Ethical Care Charter is led by Sian Moore and provides case studies of organisations where the Ethical Care Charter has been implemented and the impact of the work and working conditions of homecare workers.

Disclosure, Disability and Performance Management: Exploring the linkages – is the subject of an internally funded MPhil/PhD Scholarship examining the impact of disability disclosure on performance management.

Research project "Navigating life in the UK without losing yourself in the process: Developing psychological and social capital for Chinese direct entry students" supported by UK Council for International Student Affairs and conducted by Crystal Tsay in the Faculty of Business ​and Jing and Yang Yang from the Faculty of Education.

Work & Employment Research Unit is part of the Business School, University of Greenwich.