The Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) was established in August 2002 as a multidisciplinary research unit within the London Metropolitan University ( London Metropolitan University has approximately 22,000 students and 1,700 staff. It is based in North and Central London. The University teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students and conducts research and now has four faculties. The WLRI is based within the University's Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and is a part of the Faculty Advanced Institute for Research. The WLRI's purpose is to undertake socially committed academic and applied research into all aspects of working lives, emphasizing equality and social justice. The Institute bridges the academic and non-academic worlds. The WLRI’s 15 staff work on projects at three different levels, within London, nationally within the UK, across Europe and internationally, focusing on the issues such as:

• Employment practices, employment law and issues of work/life balance

• The evolution of training and lifelong learning

• Partnership, human resource management and conflict at work

• Performance and productivity at work, changing forms of work in a knowledge-based society

• Employee representation and voice at work

• Labour market discriminations and how to overcome them

• Nationality, race and ethnicity in employment

• Migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers and work

• The relationship of work and space, including the environment and health and safety

• The histories and contemporary organizations of working people, minorities and social movements


At any one moment, the Institute is involved in several externally-funded research projects. These projects are funded by a wide range of academic and non-academic organizations: these include DG Employment and Social Affairs, EU DG Research and the UK Research Council, the ESRC, as well as the Trades Union Congress and Britain’s largest trade unions. The outputs of the WLRI’s research may be reports for the funders, photography, film, seminar and conference presentations, newspaper or academic journal articles and training sessions. WLRI staff teach a Professional Doctorate degree in Researching Work, and supervise several PhD students. The WLRI has a very strong international reputation and has benefited considerably from work in many European partnerships.

Project coordinators : Prof. Steve Jefferys and Nic Clark.


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