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Education, Work and Globalisation Research

Education, Work and Globalisation

The School of Social Sciences is a leading international centre for research on education and the future of work. A major strength of our research is its outstanding scholarship across established boundaries between social science subjects including sociology, education, social policy, politics, industrial relations, management studies and economics. As experts in this field we are engaged in leading-edge research, contributing new theoretical insights and setting public agendas that challenge much of the accepted wisdom about education, skills and the knowledge economy; globalisation, work and the labour market; and the future of capitalism, political economy and social movements.

Research Groups

Education Policy Analysis research group
Childhood research group
Work, Employability and Labour Markets (WELM)

Research Centres

WISERD Education

WISERD Education is a one million pound investment to advance education research in Wales.  Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), WISERD Education will undertake research in order to sustain and enhance the quality of learning and the standards of teaching and teacher education in Wales.  


The Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) is the only international research facility of its kind and has built up unparalleled experience of research on the working conditions and lives of seafarers in one of the world’s most globalised industries. The Centre has a particular emphasis on issues of occupational health and safety.

The Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE) is a collaboration with the Wales Postgraduate Deanery. Its primary purpose is to undertake research on the education and the training of healthcare professionals to inform and improve healthcare practice. 


The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) is engaged in research capacity building drawing together expertise in both quantitative and qualitative approaches across a number of Welsh universities and has a number of studies investigating education, work and labour market issues.


The Cardiff Working Environment Research Centre (CWERC) is an inter-disciplinary centre within the University dedicated to understanding the relationship between health, safety and well-being in the working environment. It is a Joint Research Centre and supported by the Schools of Social Sciences and Psychology.

Key Areas of Research Include:

  • Education and Work in an Age of Austerity
  • Higher Education, Employability and the Changing Graduate Labour Market;
  • Knowledge Economy, Knowledge Work and Knowledge Workers;
  • Sociology of Economy Behaviour;
  • Corporate Strategy and the Future of Skills;
  • Global Labour Market;
  • Class, Education and Social Mobility
  • Workplace Learning;
  • Post-Compulsory Education, Training and Lifelong Learning;
  • Educational Inclusion and Exclusion
  • School Choice and Diversity
  • Devolution and the Governance of Education and Training;
  • Workforce Development;
  • Globalisation and Occupational Health & Safety; 
  • Nation States, Competitiveness and Comparative Skill Formation;
  • Global Capitalism and Social Movements;
  • Occupational Socialisation, Recruitment and Careers;
  • Organisational Re-structuring and the Future of Work;
  • Creativity and Innovation in Higher Education and the Workplace;
  • Work, Family Life and Identity;
  • Regeneration, Locality and (Un)Employment;
  • Work, Employment and Consumption;
  • Race, Ethnicity and Working Conditions;
  • Trade Union Organisation and Renewal;
  • Restructuring of Public Services

Research Projects

Insight into ill-treatment in the British workplace

Training in recession: Historical, Comparative and Case Study Perspectives

Skills and Employment Survey 


Research Highlights

Impact Case Study: EU regulation on on chemical 'toolbox', Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre (CWERC)

Governing pollution from ships - A research report has raised concerns about the effectiveness of international regulations to control air pollution from ships (SIRC). Read full story...

WISERD receives £7 million for Civil Society research - The ESRC invest £29 million to create a series of new centres and investments. Read full story...

Theme Convenor

Professor Phil Brown
+44 (0)29 2087 4157