2022 CERIC Doctoral Conference - Work in a Changing World

The Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change warmly invites Postgraduate Researchers at all stages to the Conference.


The Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) warmly invites postgraduate researchers at all stages to the 2022 CERIC Doctoral Conference 'Work in a Changing World'.

This will be a hybrid event (Worsley Building 9.87, Leeds University and Zoom) - please specify when registering. 

The Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), based at the University of Leeds, is one of the largest interdisciplinary groups of social scientists working in the field of work and employment in the UK.

Conference Programme

08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:20 Welcome speech by Professor Mark Stuart
09:20 – 09:50 Keynote speech by Professor Chris Forde 'Work and employment in the 'post-COVID' era: new uncertainties, risks and precarities?'                          

10:00 – 11:30 Session 1

1.1 Struggle, Exploitation, and Workers’ Voice (main venue)

a) Ben Ledger-Jessop (Sheffield Hallam University): The Dynamics of Exploitation: Connecting work-based harm and Marxist analyses of exploitation [in person]

b) Della Li (University of York): To what extent do employees in Chinese internet companies consent to or attempt to resist workplace controls and surveillance? [in person]

c) Vrishali Vatsyaayani (Tata Institute of Social Sciences): The Vile, Servile: A Case Study of the Uncanniness in the Everyday Work Relations of the Upper Caste Landlords with the Lower Caste Servants in Bihar, India [online]

d) Gogo Anyanwu (University of Leeds): Employee Voice: The Impact of Technology and COVID-19 on Workers’ Skill and Trade Unions in the Nigerian Banking Sector [in person]

1.2 Changing Work Environment and Labour Migration (online, Zoom)

a) Denisa-Elena Gogu (University of Manchester): Labour market actors and dynamics in shaping international migration and migrants’ workers' conditions in comparative perspective [online]

b) Ranbuni Li (Hokkaido University): Cross-cultural adjustment of expatriates in Japan: a social capital perspective [online]

c) Alvin Hoi-Chun Hung (Oxford University): Boundary spanners as a control mechanism in the multicultural work environment of organisations [online]

d) Sanjukta Choudhury (University of Nottingham): A DeleuzoGuattarian Exploration of Hybrid-Working Practices of Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration [online]

11:30 – 13:00 Session 2

2.1 Human Resource Management and Career Progression (main venue)

a) Yuxin Wang (University of Leeds): High-performance work systems and social exchange relationships: Theorising the role of occupational identity [in person]

b) Kai Zhao (University of Leeds): Student volunteer management – A strategic human resource management approach [in person]

c) Karen Tatham (University of Leeds): Enhancing early career progression through employer-education partnerships in higher-level vocational pathways [in person]

d) Joanne Burgess (University of Leeds): Nebulous ambition: ‘passion’, parents, and the paucity of information [online]

2.2 Informal Work and Gig Economy (online, Zoom)

a) Joanna Octavia (University of Warwick): “I am dependent on likes”: accessing informal work in the time of COVID-19 [online]

b) Yin Liang (University of Durham): A glimpse of content creative platforms work: An empirical study of the UK, the US, Europe, and China [online]

c) Bianca Mirea (University of Leeds): Working Towards an Aspirational Future: Translators’ Perceptions of Job Quality and Career Mobility in the Platform Economy [online]

d) Yvan Ysmael Yonaha (The Chinese University of Hongkong): Worker Power in Ecological Crisis: Care and Gig Labour Struggles during the COVID-19 Pandemic [online]

13:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:00 Guest Speech by Professor Tony Dundon: ‘Challenges to Fair Voice: Publishing and Disseminating New Research Ideas’.                                         

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3

3.1 Digital Platform and Female Employment (main venue)

a) Victoria Antonio (University of Leeds): Pandemic Pantiopticon: Platforms, Paywalls, Pornography and the Parasocial Pound [in person]

b) Georgina Trace (University of Leeds): “Digital Sexual Entrepreneurialism”: Postfeminist Subjectivity and Self-Branding in Porn’s Digital Platform Economy [in person]

c) Ivy Sheng (Heriot-Watt University): What constitutes the sticky floor in China? – Investigation of the structural disadvantage Chinese female leaders face [in person]

d) Chinelo Nwachukwu (University of Leeds): A discussion of Gender Norms within the Nigerian Commercial Banking Sector [in person]

3.2 Precarity and Insecurity (online, Zoom)

a) Samuel Briones Barrales (University of Utrecht): Work-life balance experiences of working carers in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic: a capability approach and critical realist perspective [online]

b) Kiril Pasevin (University of Leeds): State impact on the precarisation of the UK hospitality sector: Covid-19 context [online]

c) Paula Tumulty (University of Limerick): The Challenges and Tensions Associated with Precarious Work in Academia [online]

d) Sharon Hagbi (Ben Gurion University of the Negev): Winds of Precarity in higher education in Israel—A Typology of precarious employment perceptions and professional unionization strategies [online]

15:30 – 15:45 Break                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

15:45 – 17:15 Session 4

4.1 Sustainability and Technology (main venue)

a) Ethica Tanjeen (University of Hull): A Nexus between Digitalization and Sustainability in Apparel Sectors: Exploring the Institutional Pressures and Stakeholder’s Demand in Decision Making [in person]

b) Nadia Ahmed (University of Durham): Sustainability Ambidexterity—How the Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Industry recognises the opportunities for sustainability exploration and sustainability exploitation [in person]

c) Francisco Pando Junco (University of Cardiff): A mixed-methods investigation into the worker's attitudes to Industry 4.0 in the Meat Industry: A comparison between Spain and the UK [online]

d) Maiken Bjerga Kiil (University of Oslo): Blurred lines - conceptualisations of sectors in Just transition: The case of the Norwegian oil sector [in person]

4.2 Gender Inequality and Labour Relations (online, Zoom)

a) Jianxuan Lei (University of Minnesota): Trade Union Membership and Women’s Right to Work: The Complex Dynamics between Gender, Labour, and Politics in Europe [online]

b) Momina Afzal (Heriot-Watt University): My identity is much more than my dress and body; A study of the accounting profession and changing work “space” [online]

c) Lilith Brouwers (University of Leeds): Conceptualising wider work relations – why non-managerial third parties in sex work matter [online]

d) Kashfia Ameen (University of Manchester): The Effect of Covid-19 on Female Workers in the Bangladeshi Garment Industry [online]

17:15 – 17:45 Closing Ceremony and Prizes                                                                                                                                                                                           

CERIC is pleased to award three prizes, consisting of £300 for first place, £200 for second place, and £100 for third place to cover attendance at a leading conference of the PhD students’ choice.

For further information and enquiries, please contact the CERIC PhD team: cericphd@leeds.ac.uk