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Research into the future of work is to be pioneered by the University of Southampton

Published: 16 October 2009 Origin:  Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

On Thursday, 15th October 2009, the University of Southampton will launch the Work Futures Research Centre (WFRC).

The centre aims to explore the changing world of work and organization with a focus on current challenges especially the economic recession, the emergent digital economy, environmental pressures, public sector restructuring, the ageing workforce and shifting patterns of economic migration.

These challenges raise important questions for academic, public and policy debate and demand innovative multi-disciplinary and multi-method projects involving partnerships between researchers, employers, trade unions and policy makers.

“The Work Futures Research Centre will allow us to address critical questions about the changing nature of work and organization with joined up research across varying disciplines. This research is important for academics, policy makers, employers and all those concerned with the future of work and employment.” comments Professor Linda McDowell FBA, University of Oxford.

The Work Futures Research Centre will bring together specialists and researchers from across the University of Southampton. Due to its research capabilities and leading reputation, the University is well placed to address the Work Futures agenda, which will be steered by top academics from Education, Social Sciences and Health Sciences.

Work Futures Research Centre

The WFRC brings together researchers from a diverse range of disciplines.

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