Work, institutions and civic society

Theme overview
This theme explores the relationship between work, family life and relationships. It investigates workers’ and their families’ experiences of changes in the nature of work; the impact of organisational policies and practices on family practices (including flexible employment, work-life balance, equality and diversity, and quality of life and wellbeing); and how new technologies are changing the nature of work, family and the boundary between these.Research considers the on-going impact of economic change and government responses to work-life and care issues. Our research in this area is multidisciplinary, uses a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, and informs policy and practice across different domains.
Contact Associate Director: Natasha Mauthner, Associate Director: Linda McKie 
Current projects in this theme
‘A new page: Libraries, austerity and the shifting boundaries of civil society’
Personal networks of young adults in Switzerland: Social capital, educational and work aspirations
Digital Epiphanies – work/family configurations in a digital age Digital Epiphanies is looking at the ways in which digital technologies are reshaping our work and family lives
Future Reserves Research Project
Negotiating civilian and military lives: Reserves, families and work
CRFR Publications
CRFR Briefing 83: A ‘pockets’ approach to addressing financial vulnerability
CRFR Briefing 82: Social assets, low income and child wellbeing
CRFR Briefing 81: Financial vulnerability, mothers’ emotional distress and child wellbeing
CRFR Briefing 59: Veterans and their families
CRFR Briefing 56: Women in management: gender, age and working lives


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