Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Karima Aziz has directed and edited a short documentary on female Polish migrant workers in the UK.

Nina Sahraoui, PhD candidate, and Dr Sylvie Contrepois, reader in European employment relations contribute to the Polish Journal Forum Socjologiczne.

Human Rights Research Students’ Conference Call for Papers: 10-11 September 2013

The Working Lives Research Institute has won the contract to provide the Annual Review of Working Life 2014.

Working Lives Research Institute

The Working Lives Research Institute is a centre for research and teaching, based in London Metropolitan University's Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and is part of the Faculty Advanced Institute for Research (FAIR).

We undertake socially committed academic and applied research into all aspects of working lives, emphasising equality and social justice, and working for and in partnership with trade unions.

Read our most recent WLRI annual report (2012) here.

We emphasise the way that changes in work are experienced and shaped by workers and workers’ organisations, recognising the centrality of race, gender, sexuality and disability to their experiences. In acknowledging that work is contested and the subject of political choices, the Institute aims both to further academic understanding and to inform and support the policies of trade unions, social movements and public and private sector organisations.

A model for healthy restructuring (HIRES Public).

The Institute's links with trade unions, community and voluntary organisations, campaigns and progressive institutions are key to the development of its research programme. Research is undertaken and commissioned both locally and at European level and there are strong relations with European Institutions.
The Institute has 10 full-time staff and eight part-time staff plus a further 12 internal and external research associates and resources include the TUC Library Collections, the Women's Library, the Centre for Trade Union studies. It can draw upon a range of disciplines including political economy, sociology, labour history and industrial relations as well as expertise in human resource management, education and training, organisational theory and behaviour, labour markets, environmental protection, employment law and corporate ethics and governance.

Working Lives Research Institute
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Tower Building, Room BEL1-00
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB

Tel +44 (0) 20 7133 5107

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The CAWA project (Creative Approaches to Workforce Ageing) aims to promote creative approaches to workforce ageing among older workers.

The influence of identity, ‘community’ and social networks on ethnic minority representation at work

A study which focused on national policy and practical responses to forced labour across the European Union.

SPHERE is a three-year European Union project that investigates the formation and evolution of European cultures and identities

Postgraduate Courses

Short and Professional Development Courses


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