Committed to developing new strategic and policy relevant visions

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Our work contributes to contemporary, national and international debates surrounding the changing dynamic and the future of work, employment and labour markets. It capitalises on the expertise of Centre members to fundamentally engage with societal issues that have explicit practitioner utility and policy relevance. It currently houses the internationally renowned journal, Work, Employment and Society.

Mission

An ambitious research initiative, CERIC draws from the expertise of internationally renowned scholars at Leeds University Business School and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Centre aims to create a vibrant research environment incorporating established, Doctoral and leading visiting researchers.

The central objective of CERIC is to contribute through high-quality research, teaching and knowledge transfer, to contemporary national and international debates around the changing dynamics and future, of work, employment and labour markets. A distinctive element of the work of the Centre situates understanding of employment processes and outcomes within a broader regulatory and structural context. 

In empirical terms, the Centre's research is broadly concerned with examining the modernisation of employment relations, and how processes of organisational restructuring and innovation shape patterns of continuity and change in employment relations. It evaluates the consequences of such change for different stakeholders and is committed to developing new strategic and policy relevant visions 

International connections

CERIC draws from the expertise located in the Business School's Work and Employment Relations Division (WERD). Centre researchers have backgrounds in employment relations, HRM, economics, sociology and political science, and since 2000 have attracted over 1.5 million of research funding from leading funding bodies.

The Centre draws on experience from established partnership working and international links with:

CERIC has a strong academic pedigree and an established worldwide reputation for its research. Members have extensive experience of working with organisational and representative bodies on applied research projects. This research regularly informs worldwide policy making in government circles, with researchers regularly inputting into contemporary strategy and policy debates and publishing in leading international journals.

Teaching

CERIC houses a vibrant learning and research environment incorporating not only established researchers at Leeds but also doctoral and visiting researchers. It creates an environment that encourages and stimulates new research ideas and collaborations whilst fostering new research talent. Doctoral students are considered core members of CERIC and are encouraged to participate in the life of the Centre.

As part of this commitment to continuous learning and dissemination, CERIC organises a regular programme of seminars, workshops and conferences and will look to publish a working paper series and a periodic (twice yearly) digest of hot topics in employment relations research based on the work of the Centre.

The Centre's current flagship teaching programmes include: 

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Research programme

Labour market change and regulation

Exploring the relationship between labour market change and regulation and employment outcomes. Specific projects focus on:

  • Structural change and the nature of employment
  • Employment policy and protection
  • Skills, learning and careers
  • Labour market mobility and participation and migrant labour
  • Labour market flexibility and ‘atypical’ employment
  • Developments in public and social policy
The modernisation of employment relations

Exploring the interplay between organisational change, employment regulation and labour-management relations. Specific projects consider:

  • Trade union renewal and modernisation
  • Partnership-based approaches to employment relations
  • Developments in social dialogue and voice
  • Industrial relations regulation and employment relations’ outcomes 
Changing structures of organisation and governance

This explores the relationship between new organisational forms and their governance on employment relations. Specific projects focus on:

  • The impact of inter-organisational relations on employment contracts
  • Subcontracting
  • Organisational networks and employment relations
  • Public sector change
  • Professional services and occupational change
Equality, diversity and workplace wellbeing

This theme explores the way in which equality and diversity issues are shaped and supported by employment systems. Its core concerns underpin all the key themes of the centre. Specific projects focus on:

  • Gender regimes and comparative employment systems
  • Work-life balance
  • Diversity and workplace equality
  • Occupational closure, opportunities and career development
  • Social inclusion and exclusion
Work futures

This theme situates the broader work of the Centre against contemporary debates around the Future of Work. The Centre has a strong association with such debates through the ESRC Future of Work Programme.