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The future of work, finance and the economy

Street art of Darth Vader with a halo
by Carl Rhodes  |  23rd November 2021

In this episode, we speak with Carl Rhodes, author of 'Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy', about the dangerous consequences of businesses being ‘woke’.…Read more

Anna Rosińska, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, describes a virtual meeting of domestic workers in Chicago and Warsaw that led to the establishment of a new trade union. …Read more

City lights reflecting onto water.
by Phil Allmendinger  |  16th June 2021

Phil Allmendinger reflects on the digital revolution’s effect on cities, warning us to look up from our smartphones and reengage with the ‘forgotten city’ – the parts that digital doesn’t touch.…Read more

Iron on a white shirt.
by Tom Boland and Ray Griffin  |  15th June 2021

Launching their new book ‘The Reformation of Welfare: The New Faith of the Labour Market’, Tom Boland and Ray Griffin chart the long history of attempts to reform the unemployed rather than simply investing in jobs for them. …Read more

Cup next to a laptop which has a virtual call on it.
by Nicole Brown  |  25th May 2021

Nicole Brown reminds us that ‘new’ approaches to remote participation in conferences and within academia is something those with disabilities and chronic illnesses have long been campaigning for. Giving an insight into the effect of the ableist culture in academia, she offers hope that COVID-19 has facilitated a more open-minded approach.…Read more

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

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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