Health and Social Care lecturer presents case-study at international conference in Canada

Natasha Choudary’s presentation investigated the experience of front-line employees within non-profit health organisations

Date: 13 June 2019

Natasha Choudary, senior lecturer in Health and Social Care at London Met, has just returned from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she presented at the twelfth annual conference of the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSERS-ARES), a conference organised as part of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Circles of Conversation’, and was planned to build links with community and support partnerships for shared knowledge exchange.

Natasha’s case-study, 'Multi-Site Case Study of front-line employees experience of uncertainty in medium-sized health non-profit organisations in London', investigates how front-line employees within the non-profit sector have experienced the effects of precarious funding regimes emanating from the current policy environment in the UK. 

Her findings, which will also form part of her professional doctoral thesis, highlight that a climate of uncertainty dominates the organisations, which leads to 3 key issues for front-line employees: individualised solutions to social and structural problems; normalised deteriorating work conditions; and an institutionalised self-monitoring culture of measuring and accountability.

Natasha said: “I am very pleased that my abstract was accepted at this important conference, particularly as it gave me the opportunity to present my research findings to an international audience.

“From my perspective, the neoliberal project permeates many areas of our lives, in many different forms, and having an opportunity to discuss my research with an international audience in the sector opens up spaces for critical, international dialogue, which to me is the bedrock for strategies of resistance to emerge.“