Temporality, working time and intensification; technology, digitalisation and robotisation, work-life boundaries, the relationship between paid and unpaid labour, flexibilization, marketization.

Current projects

Virtual Reality Simulation: Police-Community Research & Training

About: This is an experimental and innovative project that uses Adaptive Virtual Reality equipment to offer training and support professional development research with groups of police officers, territorial support group (TSG) officers and volunteer community members. The project aims to assist police and the TSG undertaking customisable simulated training in police-community engagement situations, including: (1) simulated critical encounters of police with youth group volunteers for educational technology research into police professional development; (2) sports science simulation research into biomechanics and physiology of police equipment carriage, body armour and firearms; (3) super-recogniser capability in crowds for policing, security, and facial identity verification and behavioural threat training. This work is supported by and will be disseminated to the Home Office , the Mayor’s Office for London, and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Investigators:  Dr Nataliya Rumyantseva with the research team lead by Professor Jill Jameson in collaboration with Assoc. Prof Mark Goss-Sampson and Prof. Josh Davis from the Centre for Professional Workforce Development/Institute of Lifecourse Development.
Project Length: 2020-2021 subject to further funding
Funder: Research Capital Investment Fund, University of Greenwich

Collective Systematic Literature Review on Digital Leadership in Higher Education

About: On the backdrop of increasing digitisation of higher education, the review explores the state of research on digital leadership in the sector.
Investigators: Dr Nataliya Rumyantseva and Dr. Minjie Cai as contributors with colleagues from the Centre for Professional Workforce Development, Institute of Lifecourse Development in the Faculty of Education, Health and Human Science: Prof Jill Jameson, Dr Ryan Essex, and Dr. Marianne Markowski.
Project length: 2020-2021
Funders: Internally Funded

Collective Systematic Literature Reviews in on Trust: Trust Amongst Refugees in Resettlement Settings; Trust Amongst Staff in Higher Education Settings

About: The work of cross-disciplinary teams has utilised the Centre for Professional Workforce Developments (Institute for Lifecourse Development) Collective Systematic Review Process to focus on the concept of trust in the refugee journeys and amongst staff in higher education. The projects serve as vehicles for developing communities of practice, through cultivation of a collective systematic literature review approach across areas of common interest within teams. The reviews have highlighted the state of research on trust in complex contexts, shed light on how trust is researched and areas where further research is needed to improve awareness, policy and practice.
Investigators:  Dr. Nataliya Rumyantseva, along with colleagues from the  Centre for Professional Workforce Development, Institute of Lifecourse Development in the Faculty of Education, Health and Human Science:  Dr. Ryan Essex, Prof. Jill Jameson and Dr. Erika Kalocsanyiova (for Trust amongst refugees); Prof. Jill Jameson, Dr. Jane Barnard, Dr. Ryan Essex and Dr. Theofilos Gkinopoulos (for Trust amongst staff in higher education)
Project length: 2020-2021
Funders: Internally funded

Managerialism and academic professional autonomy – power and resistance the UK universities: The case of lecture capture technology
About: The research involves a survey of UCU Branches and interviews with academics, managers and local UCU officials. The primary focus is on how these dynamics are played out in the implementation of lecture capture policies before and after the COVID19 Pandemic and the role of academic staff and union branches in the process of policy negotiation and transition to online teaching and learning at the start of the pandemic. The research aims to elucidate how managerial and professional power is negotiated in implementing lecture capture policies, how interactions between individual and collective levels mediates academic agency, and the overall effects of these processes and their outcomes on professional autonomy and academic identity. The research contributes to broader debates about the capacity for academic agency to contribute to shaping the future of higher education.
Investigators: Dr Nataliya Rumyantseva, Dr Ruth Ballardie and Dr Ratnes Alahakone
Project length: 2020-2022
Funders: Society for Research into Higher Education

Work and crisis management on supermarket frontline in the COVID-19 pandemic
About: This research examines how supermarket frontline managers and employees perceive and experience crisis management and organisational change amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, supermarket frontline work intensifies with additional health and safety risk, changing customer demands, and new regulations during the pandemic. These challenges have pertinent implications for frontline employees whose contractual status entails 'forced availability' and frontline managers who face competing demands of performance targets, flexible workforce control, and organisational policies that evolve with the pandemic development.
Investigators: Dr Minjie Cai, Dr Safak Tartanoglu Bennett, Dr Scott Tindal, Dr Alexandra Stroleny
Project length: April 2021- October 2022
Funders: British Acadamy/Leverhulme Trust


Aiming for skilled or secure employment on the EU market: a Sisyphean task?
About: Investigation into the process of work transitions and transnational mobility of qualified young and precarious teachers and social care workers. More on project's blog.
Investigators: Dr Barbara Samaluk
Project length: 2018-2021
Funders: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship


Past projects

Development of children’s extracurricular education in the post-Soviet area: a case of Ukraine

About: This report pulls together scattered knowledge about the development of the extra-curricular education system in Ukraine in the post-Soviet Era. The report highlights structure of the sector and relationships amongst key participants; general management structures and regulatory features of the national system; as well as current debates around directions of the sector’s development. The report informs a wider comparative study of the developmental trajectories in the post-soviet systems of extra-curricula education in the independent countries of the Former Soviet Union.
Investigator: Dr Nataliya Rumyantseva
Project length: 2020

Funder: Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Great jobs – the added value from trade unions
About: The research is based upon ten in-depth case studies where collective bargaining has delivered concrete outcomes for workers, particularly in terms of job quality, working hours and work-life balance. In all cases they highlight the positive outcomes of collective bargaining in workplaces with high union membership and active workplace reps.
Investigators: Prof Sian Moore
Project length: September 2017-January 2018
Funders: Trades Union Congress
Outcome: Report

The effects of the National Living Wage on individuals with non-standard employment arrangements
About: Case studies in six industry sectors scrutinising hours and their relationship with earnings and whether the NLW is achieved by workers on non-standard contracts
Investigators: Sian Moore, Geoffrey White and Bethania Antunes will be working with Stephanie Tailby from University of West of England and Kirsty Newsome from Sheffield.
Project length: April 2017-October 2017
Funders: Low Pay Commission
Outcomes: Final report

The Effects of Marketisation on Societies (TEMS)
About: a comparative study scrutinizing the effects of marketization on societies focusing on four European countries (Greece, Slovenia, Finland and France) and four sectors (social care, healthcare, music and ports).
Investigators: Ian Greer, Lefteris Kretsos, Charles Umney, Barbara Samaluk, Maria Mantynen Project length: 2012-2017
Funders: European Research Council's Starting Grants Scheme
Outcomes: Marketization in Europe blog.

Evaluation of the impact of UNISON's Ethical Care Charter
About: 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.
Investigators: Prof Sian Moore
Project length: October 2016-June 2017
Funders: UNISON
Outcomes: Final report

Precarious Work
About: Investigation of insecure work in three sectors: retail and logistics/delivery,
and higher education in three regions (east of England, Yorkshire and London).
Investigators: Sian Moore and external experts: Kirsty Newsome, Jason Heyes, Dave Smith and Mark Tomlinson
Project length: April 2017 - June 2017
Funders: TUC
Outcomes: Final report

The Value of Formalisation for Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Contexts: A review and research agenda
About: The aim of this project was to systematise the current empirical evidence on gender, the informal economy and formalisation using a narrative synthesis approach. The review highlighted the need for more accurate accounts of formalisation decisions by widening the lens through which costs / benefits are conceptualised, which take account of the rich contextual and temporal dimensions central to these decisions, and recognising that gender alone is not a sufficient factor in explaining women's choices in the informal economy. We propose a research agenda that centres on the need for conceptual frameworks that are more sensitive towards the multi-dimensional contexts in which women's choices are embedded.
Investigators: Dr Adrian Madden
Project length: 8 months
Funders: Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries
Outcomes: Evaluation report submitted to DfID and two research articles.