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.
The central objective of the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)is to contribute to contemporary, national and international debates surrounding the changing dynamic and the future of work, employment and labour markets, through high-quality research, teaching and knowledge transfer.
An ambitious research initiative, CERIC draws from the expertise of scholars at Leeds University Business School and the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law. The Centre aims to create a vibrant research environment incorporating established, doctoral and visiting researchers.
A distinctive element of the work of CERIC is the understanding of employment processes and outcomes within a broader regulatory and structural context.
In empirical terms, CERIC'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, human resource management (HRM), economics, sociology and political science. Since 2000 our experts have attracted over £1.5m of research funding from leading funding bodies.
CERIC draws on established partnerships and international links with:
- Cornell University (USA)
- Karlstad University (Sweden)
- Monash University (Australia)
- Toulouse Business School (France)
- University of Utrecht (Netherlands)
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
- University of Valencia (Spain)
- York University (Canada)
Members of CERIC 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 inputting into contemporary strategy and policy debates and publishing in leading international journals.
CERIC creates an environment that encourages and stimulates new research ideas and collaborations whilst fostering new research talent. Doctoral students are considered core members of the Centre.
As part of this commitment to continuous learning and dissemination, CERIC organises a regular programme of seminars, workshops and conferences as well as publishing a working paper series.
The Centre's current flagship teaching programmes include:
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Previously hosted conferences
- Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), University of Milan, 2013
- Work, Employment and Society Conference, University of Warwick, 2013 - CERIC currently holds the editorship for the Work, Employment and Society journal.
- European Sociological Association, University of Turin, 2013
- 29th International Labour Process Conference, Leeds, 2011
- Publish or Perish Citation Analysis - view the citation rankings of CERIC authors
- American Sociological Association
- British Sociological Association
- British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- European Union Framework 7 Programme
- International Sociological Association
- Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)
- Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith University, Australia
- Work, Employment and Society - CERIC currently holds the editorship for the Work, Employment and Society journal.
- Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
- Confederation of British Industry
- Dept for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (EMAR)
- European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
- Government Equalities Office
- Low Pay Commission
- Trades Union Congress
- UK Commission for Employment and Skills
- The Work Foundation