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I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE). I am a sociologist by training and my expertise lies in the sociology of work and employment. My recent projects have a comparative perspective on the construction sector in Europe, particularly in relation to the implications of climate change for employment and training. My research seeks to question mainstream policy approaches to addressing the impact of climate emergency on the world of work and explores alternative, transformative practices that challenge technology-driven and top-down solutions. 

I took my first degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (1997) and later completed a master's degree in Social Research Methods (2000), also at the LSE. I then worked at the now-closed Policy Studies Institute (PSI) on a range of research that addressed social policy concerns ranging from discrimination in the labour market to representation of ethnic minorities in architectural education and women in science and academia. I left PSI to study for a PhD (University of York, 2014) analysing the internal divisions and tensions of the architectural profession from a Bourdieusian lens. I have been with the University of Westminster since 2016.

Teaching

Sociology of Work and Industry (Seminar tutor)

Dissertation supervisor for Master students (equality and CSR related projects)

Interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion,  professional occupations, climate change and work, and corporate social responsibility.

Research

Currently, I’m involved in the following projects:

Just Green Transitions and Global Union Organisations: Breadth, Depth and Worker Agency (with Professor Linda Clarke):

This project explores policies, innovations and practices that emanate from global labour organisations including the ILO, ITUC, IndustriALL, BWI, PSI, EU, ITF and EFFAT and their implementation through examination of case studies in different sectors. It addresses the following questions: 

1. What have been the policy proposals and activities of global labour organisations with respect to climate change and its impacts on work and workplaces? What are the just transition visions underpinning these intervention?

2. What are the key external and internal political dynamics affecting the origins and content of these interventions? What is their role in driving forward the transformative vision implied in the just transition movement?

3. What are the lessons to be learnt from actual examples of just green transition efforts?

 The study is funded by the international research programme Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change: An International Perspective  ( https://adaptingcanadianwork.ca

Labour process and employment implications of low energy construction: Greening buildings and transforming social relations of building production (with Professor Linda Clarke)

The project will examine case studies of low energy construction schemes with a view to evaluating the extent to which high energy efficiency standards are accompanied by high labour standards, including investment in quality training, improvements to work and employment conditions and site organisation to address the many, entrenched current problems of the industry. The case studies will be selected from different European countries and Canada, intended to exemplify different industrial relations contexts and the green transition pathways that emerge in each. 

 The study is funded by the international research programme Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change: An International Perspective  ( https://adaptingcanadianwork.ca