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Work Futures Research Centre (WFRC) relaunches

Published: 19 May 2020
Public Sector

With the future of the nature and form of work being particularly uncertain at the present time, the University of Southampton's Work Futures Research Centre (WFRC) is relaunching, with a new-look and an exciting programme of activities.

Founded in 2008 as one of the University's Strategic Research Groups, it's expertise is drawn from disciplines ranging from social science, Webscience, health, education and business and is coordinated by a core group of Directors including WSI Executive Director, Professor Pauline Leonard and supported by a wider Steering Group and Members, drawing in diverse expertise and interests from across the University of Southampton. In 2019, Professor Leonard and Dr Roger Tyers, collaborated with the global engineering consultants Mott MacDonald to investigate the human and social issues challenging the digitisation of the infrastructure industry, through 49 interviews with key informants in Mott MacDonald and other stakeholder organisations.

The History of WFRC

The Work Futures Research Centre was founded in 2008 and in 2010 gained status as a University of Southampton Strategic Research Group. It coordinated University of Southampton’s globally recognized research expertise on all aspects of work and work futures and provided research, consultancy and analysis and policy recommendations to government, business and civil society. The WFRC has hosted seminars at the House of Commons, provided expert speakers for Policy Commissions and International and national symposia, and conducted bespoke research and systematic reviews for the UK’s Funding Bodies. 

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