Dr Abbie Winton

Dr Abbie Winton


Abbie is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC). Her research explores issues related to sociotechnical change in the retail, warehousing and logistic industries, and the quality of work. Abbie is currently working on the CHANSE/ESRC-funded project Humans in Digital Logistics (HuLog) which explores how technologies being used in warehousing and what this means for the future of work in the sector. The project is running for three-years in collaboration with an international consortium of partners in Leeds, Hasselt University (Belgium), Hertie School (Germany) and Kozminski University (Poland). HuLog aims to produce multidisciplinary, cutting-edge scientific knowledge on work and employment in European logistics by working with a range of stakeholders in local government, warehousing and beyond to deliver the project.

Prior to the HuLog project, Abbie completed her PhD at the University of Manchester (Work and Equalities Institute) which adopted a Social Shaping of Technology perspective to help understand the changing nature of food retail work during the pandemic. The project paid particular attention to the gendered nature of work and how it shapes and is shaped by technology. After completing her PhD, Abbie spent a year working for the Institute for Employment Studies where she continued to do research looking at gender inequalities, both in relation to career pathways and pensions.

Research interests

Abbie and the HuLog team are currently seeking to engage more widely with those working closely with or within the warehousing industry. If you would like to know more about the research or are interested in getting involved, please feel free to get in touch


  • PhD Business & Management, University of Manchester
  • MRes Business & Management, University of Manchester
  • BSc Management with International Studies, University of Manchester

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change