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The future of work and the economy

Graffiti saying 'unskilled jobs are a classist myth'

Kathryn Telling reviews the tone of recent discussion on unemployment and argues that treating hospitality workers and social carers as essentially interchangeable is a minimisation of both sets of workers’ skills, as well as their education and training.…Read more

Words 'Work in progress' written on glass
by Mark Williams Ying Zhou and Min Zou  |  19th November 2020

Based on 'Mapping Good Work', by Mark Williams, Ying Zhou and Min Zou, this policy briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations around what exactly ‘Good Work' is, where it is most likely to be found across the occupational structure and how we might best promote a ‘Good Work recovery'.…Read more

Sign saying 'No cuts'
by Donna Baines and Ian Cunningham  |  9th November 2020

Launching their new book ‘Working in the Context of Austerity: Challenges and Struggles’, Donna Baines and Ian Cunningham call for a major rethink of social and employment policies that can provide alternatives to austerity and protect against its damaging impacts.…Read more

Mother working in background with child in front

Lindsey German, contributor to 'Social Work and the COVID-19 Pandemic: International Insights', explains why, when we talk about how work and society should change post COVID-19, we must put the role of women and work at the centre of our analysis.…Read more

Timelapse of city
by Gordon Pearson  |  22nd September 2020

Gordon Pearson, author of 'Remaking the Real Economy', explains how political economic decisions need to be based on real knowledge and understanding of how the three different layers of the economy work, to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.…Read more

Wall art saying 'Live, work, create'

Mark Williams, co-author of 'Mapping Good Work', discusses how the Good Work framework could unlock Britain’s productive potential after COVID-19.…Read more

Board saying 'Be kind to the frontline'

Bob Smale, author of 'Exploring Trade Union Identities', explores trade union responses to COVID-19 and outlines five key areas an effective union response to COVID-19 must include.…Read more

Glowstick rainbow in window

Ian Greener, co-author of 'Reforming Healthcare', reflects on some of the things the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light and explores some of the ways we can combat these issues in the future.…Read more

Neon sign saying 'Nails nails nails'
by Gary Craig  |  16th March 2020

Gary Craig, co-editor of 'The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice' looks at the extent of modern slavery, who is affected and what needs to be done. …Read more

Photo of a container yard from the cover of 'Exploring Trade Union Identities'

Bob Smale, author of 'Exploring Trade Union Identities', calls for the recognition of labour market niches and suggests that niche unions can be more successful in organising them. There is no ‘silver bullet’, but some of the answers to regeneration may lie in the past.…Read more