Marie Curie ITN 'ChangingEmployment' eNewsletter, Second edition (March 2014)

Welcome to the third edition of the ChangingEmployment eNewsletter

Welcome everybody to the third eNewsletter of the ChangingEmployment ITN.  In late spring we met with a colleague based at the CEU in Budapest who is a member of another Marie Curie network, INTEGRIM  His compelling account of the experience of Romanian night workers in London dovetailed with research from our own team from Theme 2 on migration.  His presentation was part of a Theme 2 seminar on sights and sounds of migration expressed via the medium of film and storytelling.  The network also hosted a fantastic music event where a range of ChangingEmployment members and some doctoral students from outside the network performed in song, music (but no dance!).  Theme 2 also were hosted by CAIRDE teo from Armagh (an Associate Partner) in a research and exploratory event in Belfast co-hosted by the CRC (Community Relations Council of Northern Ireland.  Some of the images of the Theme 2 events can be found on our Facebook page.

In the Autumn we are looking forward to meeting up once again in Wroclaw for the Social Boundaries of Work colloquium and this will include the all-important mid-term review.
We hope that readers enjoy access to our range of activities and we encourage you to contact any of the ESRs whose research is of interest to you - they would be happy to come and talk to you wherever you are.  

Professor Paul Stewart, Project Coordinator
University of Strathclyde
Back to work!
This edition of the eNewsletter was edited by Sara Lafuente (ESR1) - Université Libre de Bruxelles


Theme 1

Management and Employees: Find out what theme 1 ESRs have been doing since the last eNewsletter more

Theme 2

Inclusion and Exclusion: Find out what theme 2 ESRs have been doing since the last eNewsletter more

Theme 3

Employee wellbeing and work life quality: Find out what theme 3 ESRs have been doing since the last eNewsletter more

ESRs report local news on work, employment and migration

Despite mobility, ESRs are getting more and more integrated in their host social realities and are willing to share some relevant news in this section! Follow the on-going-debates related to work, employment and migration in their host countries. Find out more...

Staff News

The network currently has a vacancy for a Experienced Researcher (ER3) Vacancy in Gothenburg, Sweden. Deadline 1 September 2014 with a start on the 1 January 2015, more information can be found at

Call for papers, articles and contributions

ESRC Seminar Series, "The Regulation of Work and Employment: Towards a Multi-Disciplinary, Multilevel Framework", Prato (Tuscany, Italy), 15-16 September 2014

Conference on Immigration in OECD countries, 8 December 2014, OECD Conference Centre, Paris. Deadline for abstract submission 26 September

Conference Population Europe, 4-6 February 2015, University of Palermo, Italy.Deadline for abstract submission 30 September

Annual conference of the British Sociological Association, "Societies in Transition: Progression or Regression?", 15-17 April 2015, Glasgow. Deadline for abstract submission 17 October, 

Readings' corner

Arrowsmith J. and Pulignano V. (2013), The Transformation of Employment Relations in Europe. Institutions and Outcomes in the Age of Globalization, Routledge: Francis&Taylor, New York.

Becker, H., S., (2007), Writing for Social Scientists. How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book or Article, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London.

Dunleavy, P. (2003), Authoring a PHD. How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation, Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Gibbert, M & Ruigrok, W (2010), "The ‘‘What’’ and ‘‘How’’ of Case Study Rigor: Three Strategies Based on Published Work", Organizational Research Methods, 13(4) 710-737.

Mezzadra, S., and Neilson, B. (2013), Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor, Duke University Press, Durham and London.

OAPEN – Open Access Publishing in European Networks. The Oapen library contains freely accessible academic books in the area of humanities and social sciences

Palley, T. I. et al. (2013), Restoring shared prosperity: A Policy Agenda from Leading Keynesian Economists, This book has been widely discussed throughout Europe as a contribution to the debate on rising inequality. A free pdf version is availabe at


Following on from the report in the last eNewsletter, we are extremely pleased to announce that Early Stage Researcher, Radek Polkowski's image won The Public and Communities category in the Strathclyde Images of Research competition 2014 and was runner up overall. 

Congratulations to Radek!

ESR/ER Personal Reflections

Each of the Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers ESRs and Experienced Researchers ERs have continued to work hard on their research during the summer. Here are some of their personal reflections!
Find out more...

ChangingEmployment Network Schools and Upcoming Events

The third network school on the topic Flexicurity, Labour Market and Social Dialogue took place in Leuven 2-6 June 2014, this was the first network school open to external PhD students and 22 external PhD students joined the 14 network fellows at this event.. As well as the training, the event included a round table where experts addressed a range of central questions around industrial relations, labour markets and flexicurity. Panel participants included political leaders from the trade union movement (ETUC) and the employers’ organization (Business Europe) at the EU level dealing with social dialogue and labour market issues. The European Commission also participated, as both a political entity and the founding actor in establishing the Marie Curie programme, as well as outstanding academics in the field. Further information is available at  

The fourth network school and second annual colloquium on the topic Comparative European Social Models will take place in Wroclaw, 14-22 November 2014.  The first two days will include attendance at the conference "Social boundaries of work" ( which will also include a project open day with ESR poster session  Further information, including the draft programme, is now available at   Please note this event is only open to network participants, although you can participate in the conference (14 and 15 November 2014).

Theme 1 are organising a Workshop on 'How to get Published?', hosted by Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 15-16 September 2014. The aim of this working meeting is to provide Theme 1 ESRs assistance in the publishing process of a special issue of the Journal "Les Mondes du Travail".

Other Upcoming events which network researchers are involved in are:

Blog activity
by Dr Olena Fedyuk, Marie Curie Experienced Researcher, University of Strathclyde

This spring saw the revitalization of the Blog activities on the Changing Employment website at A series of entries by ESRs (and not only) challenges readers to seek the solutions for the ongoing dilemmas of field-work access, applied methodologies, choices of media of the knowledge production and re-thinking big theories in the context of ethnographic research. To name a few debates, Radek Polkowski tries out a media of podcast as a way of bringing more vividly the situation at his field-site. In his other entry, he seeks to reflect on the concepts of pride and shame in his research, reflexively scrutinizing his own position as a researcher from Poland against the expectations of failure and success among migrants. Several other entries are grappling with the ongoing challenges of access to the respondents (entries by Mona Aranea Guillén), as well as the issues of researcher’s responsibility in terms of knowledge production (entry by Dragos Adascalitei) and reciprocity to their respondents  (entry by Nina Sahraoui). Blog also became a place where students share their progress (entries by Mona Aranea Guillén and Karima Aziz). Most of the entries have generated some threads of discussions in the comment sections, as ESRs are going through similar stages of their carriers. So if you are wondering, how does it feel to be in the field these days?, do check out the blog section to hear the voices of the researchers, to share your piece of wisdom and opinion in a direct debate or just to cheer them up. Your feedback in the form of comments and relevant entries on the blog, -especially from the supervisors and senior researchers, - is an important element of horizontal collegial exchange of experience and knowledge and a great format to engage in a debate. It has also proven to be an important source of encouragement for the students posting their thoughts and dilemmas on a public forum.
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