Inequalities at Work in the Aftermath of Covid-19

A British Sociological Association (BSA) Postgraduate Forum Regional Event (Hybrid Event)

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About the Event

Covid-19 has exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities across multiple dimensions such as gender, ethnicity, age and geography. A range of vulnerabilities has been further highlighted relating to individuals undertaking non-standard forms of work including platform-mediated work. This event seeks to contribute to this sociologically significant area by opening the discussion around inequalities at work in the aftermath of Covid-19 and welcomes abstracts from doctoral students conducting research in the area of the changing nature of work and intersecting inequalities. More details here.

Conference Programme

09.00 – 09.30 BST Registration

09.30  – 09.45 Welcome speech by Professor Mark Stuart, Founding Director of CERIC, Montague Burton Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Leeds University Business School Pro Dean for Research, University of Leeds)

09.45  – 10.25 Keynote Speech: Inequalities at work: intersecting experiences of gender, class and care through and beyond the pandemic) by Professor Jennifer Tomlinson (Professor of Gender and Employment Relations and Co-Director of the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) at Leeds University Business School)

Session 1 (10.30 – 11.45) Inequalities in the Professions

1) Jack Daly (University of Leeds): Conceptualising “glass bubbles”: restricted careers and isolated work for women in the professional services sector
2) Sreenita Mukherjee (Queen Mary University of London): Intersection of race, migration, gender and professionalisation: Exploring the experiences of female migrant architects from the Commonwealth, living and working in the UK
3) Chinelo Nwachukwu (University of Leeds): Inequalities at Work in the Aftermath of Covid-19- A glimpse at Casualisation in Nigeria’s retail Banking sector'

Session 2 (12.00 noon – 13.15) Class and Platform Work

4) Robert Dorschel (University of Cambridge) Tech Workers, Covid-19, and the Class Matrix of Digital Capitalism
5) Alexandra Seehaus (University of Leeds), Class consciousness of precarious workers. A comparative study of food couriers in England and Germany
6) Hui Huang (King’s College London), Riders on the Storm: Amplified Platform Precarity and the Impact of COVID-19 on Online Food-delivery Drivers in China

Lunch Break (13.15 – 14.00)

Session 3 (14.00 – 15.15) Gender and Gig Economy in Asia

1) Nabiyla Risfa Izzati (Queen Mary University of London) Gender Bias in Gig Economy: The Case of On-Demand Work in Indonesia
2) Haley Kwan Hiu Lap (The University of Hong Kong), The Gig Economy's Labour Process, Social Reproduction, and Women’s Solidarity: The Case of Female Platform Drivers in China
3) Shweta Sharma (University of Sheffield) Barriers to access formal work: A study of women street vendors in Delhi, India

Session 4 (15.30 – 16.45) Social and Occupational Mobility

1) Kanu Priya (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur): The influence of Covid pandemic on care worker’s socioeconomic well-being in India through employment precarity
2) Ahmad Akkad (University of Warwick) “I always feel like a guest waiting to be invited”: Displaced Syrian academics’ experiences of academic liminality
3) Clare Matysova (University of Leeds): Using online discussions groups as an innovative research method to explore parents' family leave decision-making

16.45 - 17.00 Closing Ceremony

This event will be held in a hybrid format, with the option to attend online or in-person.
The event is hosted by the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) at the University of Leeds and is being convened by Bianca Mirea (CERIC Doctoral student).
Please email the organiser ( by 21 March with any dietary requirements.

Registration for this event is now OPEN – please click here to register.

  • BSA Member: £5
  • Non-Member: £15

Fees apply to both online and in-person attendees. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Lunch and refreshments are included throughout the day for in-person attendees. A contribution towards travel costs is available for a limited number of non-funded presenters.