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4th Annual CIRCLE International Seminar


Wednesday, 19 June 2019 from 17:30 to 19:30 (BST)

4th Annual CIRCLE International Seminar

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In collaboration with the Institute of Work Psychology, the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities (CIRCLE) is pleased to host the 4th CIRCLE International Seminar, followed by a drinks reception.

Date and time: Wednesday 19th June 2019, 5.30pm

Location: University of Sheffield Management School, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL

We welcome Dr Fiona MacDonald from RMIT University in Australia and Professor Ian Cunningham from the Unviersity of Strathclyde. 


Emerging risks in paid care work: individualisation, insecurity and the gig economy

Dr Fiona Macdonald
Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia

Individualised or personalised social care models appear to increase the precariousness of paid care work, including through changing work relationships, reshaping spatial and temporal aspects of work and relocating care workers to the margins of employment regulation. Australia’s newly-established large-scale individualised National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which individualisation transforms care work and to consider the roles played by particular institutions in producing these changes. The NDIS entails a rapid transition to a highly complex and deregulated market for individualised disability support services. One significant development in this new market is the emergence of a social care ‘gig economy’, In this presentation I draw on my current research to examine issues of recognition and redistribution for care workers in the NDIS individualised funding market and explore the role of platform technology-based intermediaries in reshaping care work.


The impact of the living wage and individualisation on organisational sustainability and workforce precarity in Scottish Social Care

Professor Ian Cunningham
Professor of Employment Relations, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland

In most OECD countries population ageing, a fall in the numbers of informal carers and increasing costs are placing pressure on aged care services. Yet there is little understanding, at either the policy or workplace levels, of how the sustainability and quality of aged care services are affected by the quality of aged care jobs. Evidence shows that job quality and care quality are connected through care relationships. So how is this connection negotiated between aged care workers and aged care recipients? And how are these care relationships shaped by national policies, funding and regulation and by organisational practices and work design? The Quality Jobs & Care Quality Project explores the links between job quality & care quality in aged care in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Scotland. The main objective of this cross-national study is to better understand how national policies, funding and regulation, operationalized through organisational practices and work design, shape both job quality and quality of care outcomes.


To learn more about CIRCLE, visit our website or Twitter @CIRCLEShef.

Do you have questions about 4th Annual CIRCLE International Seminar? Contact IWP and CIRCLE

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Management School Building
Conduit Road
S10 1FL Sheffield
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 from 17:30 to 19:30 (BST)

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The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) is a world leader in understanding the way people drive organisational effectiveness. The IWP is dedicated to conducting applied research in work settings, in both the public and private sectors, and employs over 30 consultants and researchers to evaluate and implement programs that aim to improve team performance, employee engagement and wellbeing, and leadership. We are an evidence-based and scientific organisation so we use approaches that have been validated in work settings and that can be linked to a wide range of performance outcomes.

The Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) is a Faculty of Social Sciences research centre conducting research, evaluation and consultancy on contemporary policy, practice and theoretical issues and debates on topics in three main areas: care, labour and equalities.

The Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems programme is CIRCLE’s major research programme, undertaken with an ESRC award for the period 2017 to 2021.

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