Economic Change, Quality of Life and Social Cohesion (EQUALSOC)
EQUALSOC is a research network that is designed to mobilise and develop research expertise across Europe on economic change, quality of life and social cohesion. It aims to stimulate high quality comparative European research; provide an infrastructure for training the rising generation of young researchers in the skills of comparative research; and facilitate access to the most recent results of research for the wider research community and for policy makers.
Activities of the network include summer schools, methods workshops, network conferences, individual research visits and small collaborative projects.
It was originally funded by the European Commission as a network of excellence under its Sixth Framework Programme. It is now funded directly by its partner institutions.
My own research under the network has involved collaborative research on differences between European countries in the quality of work. Our previous research was published as Duncan Gallie ed. Employment Regimes and the Quality of Work, 2007. Our recent research has focused on the implications of the economic crisis for changes in skill development, training, participation at work, job insecurity and work life conflict. It has also examined its effects onwork motivation, subjective well-being and political legitimacy. It is due to be published in the summer of 2013 under the title Duncan Gallie ed. Economic Crisis, Quality of Work and Social Integration.
For details of the partner institutes of the network, its research programme, the participants and publications, see the Network website: Equalsoc
The 2012 British Skills and Employment Survey
The 2012 British Skills and Employment Survey is part of a series of nationally representative surveys of employees charting the development of skills and the quality of work in Britain. Previous surveys were carried out in 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2006. The current survey is funded by the ESRC and the UK Commission for Skills and Employment.
I have been working on the surveys for a number of years with Alan Felstead, Cardiff University and Francis Green, Institute of Education, University of London.
The surveys are concerned inter alia with changes in skill levels, types of skill, training opportunities, job control, work intensity, job insecurity, and employee subjective well-being.
My own work on the survey (together with Hande Inanc and Ying Zhou focuses in particular on two themes 1) participation at work and its implications for skill development and learning and 2) fear at work: employment insecurity, fear of arbitrary treatment and fear of job status loss.
Six ‘initial findings’ reports, examining changes in job skills, training, job control, work intensity, fear at work and employee well-being are available from the Website: Skills and Employment Survey 2012.
The 2008 global economic crisis has had far-reaching implications for people's everyday work experience, family lives, and personal well-being. This project is the first to provide a rigorous comparative assessment of these implications across Europe, focusing on issues such as training opportunities, pressure of work, and job security. It also addresses the consequences of changing work conditions on work-life conflict, work motivation, and attitudes towards society. This research draws on rich data from the European Social Survey (ESS) carried out in 2004 and the repeat module from 2010, as well as supplementary data from the annual European Union Labour Force Surveys (EULFS) from 2004 to 2010. Thereby, it provides a cross-national and comparative view of the period before and after the onset of the crisis. Data and Documentation.
The Social Change and Economic Life Initiative (SCELI)
The Social Change and Economic Life Initiative, co-ordinated by Duncan Gallie, was a landmark study in the development of British research into employment and unemployment. It was established by the Economic and Social Research Council in 1985 to stimulate research into the implications of economic change for employers’ labour force policies, for the employment and labour market experiences of the workforce and for household and community relations. It involved large scale random sample surveys of employers, individual employees and households, together with a range of intensive case studies. It focused on six urban labour markets selected to provide contrasting labour market conditions: Aberdeen, Coventry, Kirkcaldy, Northampton, Rochdale and Swindon. At the time, it was distinctive in its scale, involving 34 full-time academics and 16 research officers from 14 universities. The inter-disciplinary team included economists, sociologists, social historians and social psychologists. It involved a high level of collaborative work, with a common, collectively designed, set of research instruments. The results were published in six volumes by Oxford University Press, addressing the themes of the experience of unemployment, employer labour market strategies, skill and occupational change, gender segregation, the decline of trade unionism, and the social and political economy of the household.
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