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  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I joined the department in 2014. I am a  trained sociologist. My research concerns precarious work in the gig economy and beyond. I am interested in the emerging varieties of automation, the related power structures, and how they are impacting on work and life. The integrity of teaching and research is crucial to my pedagogical approaches.

Teaching Interests

My teaching covers the broad range of sociology of work. 

 My core areas are:

  • Sociology of Work
  • Social Theory
  • HRM and Public Sector
  • (International) Employee Relations
  • Surveillance Studies

Expertise & Capabilities


  • New Technologies and the Workplace
  • Work and Gender
  • Urban Security and Policing


Research Interests

My reserach interests are in the broad area of changing work and employment structures. Over the last years, I did research the impact of the implementation of New Public Management on public servants in different nations and sectors (police, waste collection, energy). More recently, I started to investigate in the effects robotics-led workplaces will have on job quality. I am also interested in reseraching trade unions, particularly in terms of their representational and oragnisational capacities. My reserach relies on inter-disciplinary as well as international collaborations.

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new technology Social Sciences
police Social Sciences
workplace Social Sciences
worker Social Sciences
security industry Social Sciences
employee Social Sciences
temporary worker Social Sciences
workfare Social Sciences

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Projects 2015 2022

Research Output 2008 2019

Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?

McQuarrie, J., Findlay, P. & Briken, K., 24 Aug 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Welcome in the machine. Human-machine relations and knowledge capture

Briken, K., 10 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Capital and Class.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
new technology
engineering science
micro level



Awarded Guest Lectureship

Kendra Briken (Recipient), 1 Jun 2017

Prize: Appointment

Activities 2012 2019

Precariousness in relation: Collective sense-making as cruel optimism

Kendra Briken (Speaker), Eleanor Kirk (Speaker)
20 Aug 201923 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?

Johanna McQuarrie (Speaker), Patricia Findlay (Speaker), Kendra Briken (Contributor), Robert Van Der Meer (Contributor), Marion Bennie (Contributor), Emma Dunlop (Contributor)
22 Aug 201924 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation