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As a trained sociologist, my research focusses on work, emplyment, and technology. I am specifically interested in developments around digitalisation of work, the decision making processes around the invention and implementation of new technologies, and workforce outcomes. I am interested in the cross-sectional 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.
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
- Labour Process Analysis & Critical Theory
- Research Methods
- Trade Unions
- Organisation theory
My reserach interests are in the broad area of changing work and employment structures, with a focus on new technologies and re-roganisation. 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 have on job quality. I am also interested in reseraching trade unions, particularly in terms of their representational and oragnisational capacities. My research relies on inter-disciplinary as well as international collaborations.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Amplifying Employee Voice and Hearing the Unheard: A Multidisciplinary Study of Contemporary Working Lives in Deindustrialised Communities
Johnstone, S., Briken, K., Cunningham, I., Hadjisolomou, T., McCarthy, T., McIntyre, S., Scholarios, D. & Taylor, P.
ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
1/10/22 → 30/09/25
Industry 4.0: Can AI ethics be embedded in the innovation lifecycle?
Briken, K., Rose, E. & Scholarios, D.
AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
1/02/22 → 31/01/23
Technology and the organization of workBriken, K. & MacKenzie, R., 12 Mar 2022, International Human Resource Management: The Transformation of Work in a Global Perspective. Martínez Lucio, M. & MacKenzie, R. (eds.). 2nd ed. London, p. 275-296 21 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution book
Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?McQuarrie, J., Findlay, P. & Briken, K., 24 Aug 2019, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review
International Labour Process Conference 2023
Ian Cunningham (Chair), Kendra Briken (Organiser), Tasos Hadjisolomou (Organiser), Brian Garvey (Organiser), Dora Scholarios (Organiser), Pratima Sambajee (Organiser) & Darren McGuire (Organiser)12 Apr 2023 → 15 Apr 2023
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of major conference
“We are a service class” A workers’ inquiry into the class composition of service commodity production
Kendra Briken (Examiner)15 Sep 2020
Activity: Examination types › Examination