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Dr Jane Parry BA, MSc, PhD, PGCAP (FHEA), Academic MCIPD

Associate Professor in Work and Employment, Head of Research at the Department of Organisational Behaviour and HRM, and Director of Centre for Research on Work and Organisations (CRWO)

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Dr Jane Parry is a Associate Professor and Director of Research for HRM and Organisational Behaviour within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.

I am interested in the relationships between the changing world of work and how individuals’ work fluctuates over the lifecourse, but also in how inequalities, occupational differences, and people’s portfolios of paid and unpaid labours play into this.

Jane is a sociologist of work and employment who has been working in applied research for a wide range of bodies and government departments for the past two decades, following her PhD which looked at how social solidarities and work have been reformulated in former coalmining communities.  Her research looks at how employment and careers are changing within different occupations, as well as how disadvantage operates within labour markets, with a particular focus on life course factors.  

Jane has worked across various universities and for a diverse range of funders and government departments, leading projects and being involved in numerous successful collaborations, having come to an academic career from starting out as a researcher for Peter Hain PC.  She is particularly concerned with producing impactful research, and involving policymakers and practitioners to ensure that that policy is continually informed by high-quality evidence.  For example, her research on independent living was taken up by the Minister for Pensions to inform the then Link Age strategy, she has run a roundtable at Portcullis House on flexible work sponsored by the Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, and she sits on an expert group for BEIS in their evaluation of Shared Parental Leave policy.  She has worked for clients including the Health and Safety Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, and on many occasions, the DWP. She has recently sat on BEIS working group on The Future of Work.

Methodologically, Jane is a qualitative researcher, who specialises in depth interviews often supplemented with visual techniques or with an ethnographic grounding, and has frequently worked as part as a mixed methods team. Jane is a former Parliamentary Academic Fellow for the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST), and is leading Work After Lockdown, a cross-institutional UKRI/ESRC project that looks at how COVID-19-driven working from home will change the way we work.

Research interests

  • The changing world of work and workforce inequalities.
  • New ways of working and negotiating occupational mobility, such as digitised work.
  • Measuring active ageing in the international arena.
  • Flexible working and age-friendly workplaces.
  • Social participation and community solidarities.
  • The interaction of paid and unpaid work in individual trajectories over the lifecourse.
  • Informal and hidden work
  • Policy-focused research.

Research group

Organisational Behaviour and HR Management

External research group

Work Futures Research Centre at University of Southampton

PhD supervision

I am currently supervising three PhD students, and would welcome applications which overlap with my research interests.

  • Barbara Bradbury (with Prof Yehuda Baruch and Dr Michail Veliziotis): Leaders and organisational resilience: a case study of two NHS hospitals.
  • Yihui Lin (with Prof Yehuda Baruch): The mediate effect of protean career orientation on career adaptability and talent retention: Millennial employees in China

Externally supervising:

  • Harjinder Virdee: Funding retirement and alleviating pensioner poverty post-retirement for households on a minimum wage with an asset-based welfare system in Southampton
  • Sergio Morales Heredia: An analysis of the determinants that influence the public pension system and examination of its sustainability

Recent research projects

  • Work after LockdownHow is the COVID-19 accidental experiment around working from home changing the way the UK will work after lockdown? (ESRC)
    • Funder: UKRI/ESRC
    • Funding: £214,820
    • Timeline: 2020-2022
  • Age-Friendly Workplaces (for the Centre for Ageing Better)
    • Funder: Centre for Ageing Better
    • Funding: £84,685
    • Timeline: 2017-2018
  • Children’s geographies: work and play in historical comparison (current project)
    • Funder: Environment Research Priming Fund, University of York
    • Funding: 1,400
    • Timeline: 2018
  • Understanding the outcomes and impacts from POST's PhD Fellowship Schemes (Parliamentary Academic Fellowship; ESRC Impact Acceleration Account) 
    • Funder: ESRC IAA
    • Funding: £4,752
    • Timeline: 2020
  • Skills retention in the shipping industry: a cohort study (Co-I)
    • Funder: Solent RIKE
    • Funding: 4,900
    • Timeline: 2019

Research group

Centre for Research on Work and Organisations

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