Marie Curie ITN 'ChangingEmployment' eNewsletter, First edition (December 2013)
Welcome to the first edition of the ChangingEmployment eNewsletter

This is the first issue of our Newsletter of the Marie Curie ‘ChangingEmployment’ programme, an FP7 ITN (Initial Training Network) that kicked off in December 2012.  While ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) only started in March this year, in addition to organising the initial stages of their individual doctoral work they have been actively involved in developing the content of their Thematic groups (Management and Employees; Inclusion and Exclusion; Employee Well Being and Work Life Quality).  The Fellows are based in a number of EU countries including; Belgium, France, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK. All 12 ESRs are participants in one of these three Thematic groups exploring the changing nature of employment in Europe from the perspectives of workers, managers, migrant workers (and their families) and taking into account fundamental factors of ethnicity, gender and age. In this first issue of the Newsletter, we outline and explore activities comprising various field trips to, inter alia, the north of Ireland and France.  The Newsletter will continue to be a great source of information on upcoming conferences that the Marie Curie Fellows will be actively participating in, together with ongoing citations of the various publications as they come to press, as well as information on the activities (and links) of the Fellows’ supervisory network team.  

Processor Paul Stewart
Co-ordinator Marie Curie ‘ChangingEmployment’

Merry Christmas from this edition's editors, Pedro & Radek (Early Stage Researchers, University of Strathclyde)!

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Theme 1

Management and Employees: The research in Theme 1 has a clear actor focus, looking at employment relations and working lives from the perspective of managers and employees who are involved in labour relations in their various forms more

Theme 2

Inclusion and Exclusion: Theme 2 took part in video production training at London Metropolitan University more   
[click here to watch the output]

Theme 3

Employee wellbeing and work life quality: Read more about the dissemination activities of theme 3:
  • Conference presentation by Pille Strauss-Raats
  • Dissemination activity - photo contest for school children  more

Training Network Schools

Annual Colloquium 1 & Network School 2 - Comparative Labour Sociology: In November all ESRs, ERs and supervisory staff met at the first Annual Colloquium and second Network School in Paris. This meeting involved some of the full and associated partners presenting their work to Marie Curie fellows. The network school started with Neuroedukacja’s presentation about management training in multinational companies in Eastern Europe. Following that, Jörg Weingarten from Consulting Europa talked about a socially responsible approach to the management of change. At the end of the day Gareth Mackle from CAIRDE involved the ESRs in the discussion on the issues of third sector funding.

The following two days were devoted to ESRs presenting progress of their individual research projects. The two-day session was video-recorded and highlights will soon be made available on the Changing Employment website.

The Network School ended up with training sessions on research methods. Prof. Steve Jeffreys explored the issues of doing research in international context. Dr Nathan Lillie from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) talked about advanced interviewing in a multinational context and Maria Gustafsson engaged with the topic of advanced quantitative modelling and secondary data analysis.

The next network school will be held in Leuven in 2-6 June 2014 around the topic of Flexicurity.  This will be the first event which will be open to PhD students external to the network. More updates will come with the next newsletter in March. more

Staff News

Dr Olena Fedyuk: will be joining the ChangingEmployment programme on 3 March 2014 as the second Experienced Researcher (ER).  Olena is originally from Ukraine but will be moving from Central European University, Hungary.  

ER3: In Summer 2014, the University of Gothenburg will commence the recruitment process for the final Experienced Researcher (ER3). If you are aware of anyone who would fit the profile, please get in touch. The project title is Work-life quality and the flexicurity of employment in multinational companies: a comparative company-based approach in Europe. Individuals must have a PhD and no more than five years relevant work experience. more in the original call made at the start of the project.

Individual ESR profiles

Find out more about each of the Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers (ESRs): The ESRs share their experiences of being a PhD student and their research projects.
  Find out more

Research Photo Gallery

Pictures taken by Radek Polkowski in Belfast during fieldwork visit showing political conflict in public spaces. more 

Upcoming events

Find out which events our ESRs will participate in over the coming months.
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