CfA: PhD Studentship at the OU on Workers’ Inquiry in the time of a pandemic

Call for applications, deadline 7 September 2020

We are interested in proposals that engage with the debates on work through workers inquiry. Broadly speaking, we consider this to involve empirical research with workers combined with a focus on resistance and/or organising. We consider these inquiries as potentially broad in scope, method, and methodology, but expect proposals that explore workers' experiences.

Methodologically, successful applicants will pursue(auto)ethnography, interviews, visual or other qualitative methods, and we are particularly looking for proposals that experiment with approaches to co-create research findings with workers (see, for example, Woodcock, 2017; Waters and Woodcock, 2017; Cant, 2019). Possible research sites could include both new and traditional forms of work, for example platform work, the care sector, logistics or other under-researched areas.

The full call is available here:

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 12pm (noon) GMT on Monday 7 September 2020. Your proposal, covering letter, fully completed application form and copies of certificates and transcripts, should be emailed by the closing time and date.