4th CIRCLE Seminar

This seminar is hosted by the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities (CIRCLE), in collaboration with the Institute of Work Psychology.

We are pleased to welcome Dr Fiona Macdonald (RMIT, Melbourne, Australia) and Professor Ian Cunningham (University of Strathclyde, Scotland) to the University of Sheffield.

Dr Fiona Macdonald, Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia

Emerging risks in paid care work: individualisation, insecurity and the gig economy

Individualised or personalised social care models appear to increase the precariousness of paid care work, including through changing work relationships, reshaping spatial and temporal aspects of work and relocating care workers to the margins of employment regulation. Australia’s newly-established large-scale individualised National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which individualisation transforms care work and to consider the roles played by particular institutions in producing these changes. The NDIS entails a rapid transition to a highly complex and deregulated market for individualised disability support services. One significant development in this new market is the emergence of a social care ‘gig economy’, In this presentation I draw on my current research to examine issues of recognition and redistribution for care workers in the NDIS individualised funding market and explore the role of platform technology-based intermediaries in reshaping care work. 

Professor Ian Cunningham, Professor of Employment Relations, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland

The impact of the living wage and individualisation on organisational sustainability and workforce precarity in Scottish Social Care

The introduction of the Living Wage poses one of the largest challenges facing the adult social care sector in Scotland. This paper explores how a seemingly progressive policy to reregulate pay and conditions by the devolved Scottish government is creating a range of unintended consequences relating to pay and other conditions in the adult Scottish social care sector, including elderly care. This issue is positioned within the literature on regulation that acknowledges that state re-regulation of employment represents a reconfiguration of regulatory roles, forms and relationships that alters the position of some (market-based) actors and reduces that of others (MacKenzie and Martinez-Lucio, 2004; 2005). In this paper, we explore how the Scottish government’s policy alters the position of social care providers, local authorities and unions in determining pay, and the unintended consequences of that reregulation. Moreover, it will provide a better understand of how national policies, funding and regulation, operationalized through organisational practices and work design, shape both job quality and quality of care outcomes.


Please register your attendance at this event via the following link https://4th-circle-seminar.eventbrite.co.uk.


Date: Wednesday 19th June 2019

Time: 5.30pm- 7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Middleton Lecture theatre, University of Sheffield Management School, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL

For more information, please contact Kelly Davidge (k.s.davidge@sheffield.ac.uk).

Event Details

When: June 19, 2019 at 5:30pm—7:00pm

Where: Conduit Road, Sheffield, S10 1FL

Type: Alumni, Student, Business

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