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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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Research Output

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McQuarrie, J., Findlay, P. & Briken, K., 24 Aug 2019, (Unpublished).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

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    An analysis of trade unions in shaping favoured employment relations outcomes in the British Labour Party post-1970

    Author: Brady, A., 13 Apr 2017

    Supervisor: Findlay, P. (Supervisor) & Briken, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Awarded Guest Lectureship

    Kendra Briken (Recipient), 1 Jun 2017

    Prize: Appointment


    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

    Research Affiliate

    Kendra Briken (Contributor)
    1 Aug 20191 Aug 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation