Good Work Is...? The Future of Employment
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This event will explore the future of work and employment in the South West. 

Following on from the Taylor Review of Modern Employment it will ask a number of important questions: 

  • What do we mean by ‘good work’? 
  • How important is ‘good work’? 
  • What we can we do to ensure ‘good work’ in the face of the challenges of automation, pressure on resources and increased global competition. 

The session will revolve around keynote presentations from researchers, policymakers and key stakeholders at the heart of these debates and will feature insights from the research of members of the People, Organisations and Work (POW) Research Group which is part of iSPER. 

One of the key aims of POW is to conduct research which has the potential to transform working lives. Current research explores the way that conflict is managed at work, discrimination and equality in recruitment, the nature of precarious work and neuro-diversity in the workplace. These, in turn, will provide the context for roundtable discussion with delegates given the opportunity to inform the development of a ‘Manifesto for Good Work’ in the South West of England.

Confirmed speakers and panellists are:

  • Patrick Brione - Head of Policy and Research, Involvement and Participation Association (IPA)
  • Mike Gardner - Senior Advisor and Collective Conciliator for Somerset and Devon, Acas
  • Jonny Gifford - Research Advisor on Organisational Behaviour, CIPD
  • Joanne Kaye - Regional Secretary, UNISON South West
  • Heather Ancient - Partner, PwC.

Please book your place via the above link.

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The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

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