Research projects within the Human Resources, Work and Employment research group (HRWE)

An overview of current and completed consultancy and research projects undertaken by the Human Resources, Work and Employment research group (HRWE). 

Current projects

Inclusive practice for neurodiverse engineers

A joint project between the College of Arts, Technology and Environment and the College of Business and Law at UWE Bristol, Dr Vanda Papafilippou and Lucy Downes are collaborating with Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers and Dr Marianthi Leon in order to develop a framework to support organisations recruit and retain neurodiverse engineers. In order to do so, they are collaborating with Ambitious About Autism and engineering organisations in the South West (e.g., GKN Aerospace, Babcock).

How to improve well-being circles

Professor Hugo Gaggiotti with Professor Carol Jarvis and Dr Selen Kars are currently completing an evaluation on how to improve wellbeing circles and relationships with community partners in the Southeast of England. The project has been commissioned by the Royal Borough of Maidenhead and Windsor.

A family affair? Gender pay gaps and same-sex parent in Italy

Sara Fanti is in the final year of her PhD. Her research is an explorative mixed-method study which enquiries on the gender pay gap and LGB parenthood in Italy. Within an intersectional framework, Sara’s research aims to generate the first dataset on Italian LGB parent’s pay and to discover how Italian LGB families organise, and divide paid and unpaid labour among partners and how it can influence or be influenced by insufficient or ineffective equality laws (both family and work legislation) and discrimination in the workplace.

Gender equalities at work: An interdisciplinary history of 50 years of legislation

Dr Frances Galt is working with Professor Hazel Conley, Professor Colm O’Cinneide and Sophia Ayada (University College London), and Professor Louise Jackson, Dr Ashlee Christofferson and Tanya Rhodes (University of Edinburgh) on an interdisciplinary – gender studies, history, industrial relations, law, and politics – project examining the use and impact of workplace equality legislation in relation to equal pay, sex discrimination and sexual harassment. This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

Do global and mobile reproductive practices make women more vulnerable?

Professor Hugo Gaggiotti (with colleagues from a consortia of 15 British, European and Latin American universities) is currently working on a research project investigating how women’s reproductive rights are affected in the context of “austerity” and fertility decline. The study is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

How to make evident and prevent women’s organisational vulnerability in the borderlands?

Professor Hugo Gaggiotti (with Isis Carrion, Mexico, Autonomous University of Baja California) is currently completing a research on how organisations in the borderland between California (US) and Baja California (Mexico) could do more to help women experiencing vulnerability in organisational contexts, like entrepreneurship, education, politics and the voluntary sector. The study is supported by the Newton Impact Scheme, the British Council and CONACYT (Mexico).

Exploring the identities of emergency response volunteers in the Philippines

Based on preliminary fieldwork with two voluntary organisations in Cebu, Philippines, Dr Sarah-Louise Weller is exploring the identities of emergency rescue and response volunteers. The research focuses on how the emergency rescue and response volunteers describe their voluntary roles and experiences, and what represents a challenge or tension in their voluntary work. This study is an extension of previous ethnographic research of UK-based Search and Rescue volunteers. 

Gender equality in the transport sector

Dr Vanda Papafilippou is currently completing (with Dr Stefano Gasparri) a commissioned literature review on gender inequality in the Transport Sector by the International Transport Federation.

Measuring compliance with minimum wages

Dr Hilary Drew (with Professor Felix Ritchie, UWE Bristol) continue to work on their apprentice low pay project, which began in 2015 and was initially funded by the Low Pay Commission. They are presently in conversation with the National Hairdressing Federation and the TUC to revisit the work post-pandemic.

NHS Leadership Academy

Dr Vanda Papafilippou is currently completing a consultancy project (led by Professor Carol Jarvis on HR policy evaluation of the NHS Leadership Academy.

The impact of part-time student employment on the non-student working population in the hospitality sector

Collaborative research between UWE Bristol and Cardiff Metropolitan University continues (Dr Hilary Drew, Damian Whittard and Professor Felix Ritchie, UWE Bristol; Claire Evans and Caroline Ritchie, Cardiff Metropolitan University) on a  study of the  casual employment of Higher Education students in the hospitality industry.

Completed projects

Navigating reduced hours careers: Experiences of male and female executives and senior managers

Professor Sue Durbin (with Stella Warren, UWE Bristol, and Jennifer Tomlinson, Leeds Business School) has completed a study on how executives and senior managers navigate reduced hours working, including through the pandemic, and ‘new ways of working’/hybrid working in January 2022. Project partners included, Fair Play South West, Moon Consulting, The Bristol Women in Business Charter CIC, Workwell and Timewise.

Watch the project's online dissemination event

Do foreign workers live in a 'bubble'?

Professor Hugo Gaggiotti (with Dr Vanda Papafilippou, UK, UWE Bristol; Tuomo Peltonen, Finland, Aalto University; and Henriett Primecz, Hungary, Corvinus University) have recently completed a study on how global workers in Dubai, Laos and Bristol constitute permeable communities (bubbles). Results of the study have been discussed in international conferences and are going to be submitted as journal articles to Journal of Global Mobility. The study was supported by Leverhulme and British Academy. 

What is the future for gender diversity in the pilot trainer role?

Professor Sue Durbin (with Stella Warren) completed a study/report on tackling the lack of gender diversity in the commercial pilot/pilot trainer role in March 2022. This was a collaboration between UWE Bristol and the Royal Aeronautical Society/Flight Crew Training Group.

The formation and functioning of “idiosyncratic deals” from multiple perspectives

Dr Catherine Mackintosh (with Professor Aoife McDermott, Dr Deborah Hann and Professor Helen Williams, Cardiff Business School) completed (in December 2021) a project examining personalised working arrangements (termed idiosyncratic deals, or i-deals) from the perspectives of multiple relevant stakeholders: employees, line managers, co-workers, and HR representatives. The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 


Gender diversity in senior research roles in universities

Emily Hill has recently completed her MSc in Human Resources Management at UWE Bristol and submitted her dissertation project in September 2021, which investigated the lived experiences of both mentees and mentors who were part of an academic female mentoring scheme, namely the Women's Researchers Mentoring Scheme (WRMS) at UWE Bristol. This scheme aims to support the advancement of female researchers' careers at UWE Bristol.  

Telework: Mapping out existing rules and exploring emerging practices

Dr Stefano Gasparri (with Dr Arianna Marcolin) has recently examined the diffusion of telework and its regulatory implications for workplace relations, reviewing significant legal frameworks and producing a toolkit for practitioners, in particular trade unionists. This was a project commissioned by ITUC-PERC and FES-Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, resulting in a report published in September 2021.

Evaluation of Bristol's Golden Key project

Stella Warren, with Beth Isaac and Professor Richard Bolden, worked on the data analysis element of an evaluation of Bristol's Golden Key project. Golden Key was a partnership between statutory services, commissioners, the voluntary sector and people with lived experience across Bristol which is aimed at supporting fundamental change in the way services are delivered to address the needs of people with multiple and complex needs. Data analysis for an initial evaluation of Golden Key’s Housing First pilot was completed in 2020, and the final stage was a local evaluation of Golden Key client outcomes (April 2021).

The networked self: Exploring networks as a source of career development and identity for female engineers

Dr Vanda Papafilippou completed a study (July 2019) which explored how female engineers construct their career identity within formal internal and external women's networks as well as the extent to which these networks contribute towards gender equality in Engineering. 

A history of women in the British Film and Television Industries, 1933-89

Dr Frances Galt completed her PhD on ‘Women and the Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians (ACTT), 1933-89’ in April 2018 as part of a wider Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project on women’s work in the British film and television industries with Professor Melanie Bell (University of Leeds), Dr Vicky Ball (De Montford University) and Sue Bradley (Newcastle University).

Development of training materials

Dr Vanda Papafilippou with Dr Christina Efthymiadou developed a series of training material for Babbasa.

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