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Dr Helen Blakely

Research Associate, WISERD

School of Social Sciences

Email
blakelyh1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0) 29 2068 8726
Campuses
38, Park Place

Overview

I began working as a researcher with the Wales Institute of Social Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) in 2015. My reseach interests include empirical and theoretical work on work, welfare and citizenship, which I engage with through ethnographic and interview research methods.

Currently I am a Co-Investigator working on the WISERD ESRC Centre on Civil Society: Changing perspectives on Civic Stratification and Civil Repair. This involves undertaking case study research on precarious work within the foundational economy, alongside a focus on the role of grassroots trade union organising in this context. I am also working as part of a team conducting research in the urban factory districts in India, which is funded by the Global Challenges Reseach Fund. The research is examining the challenges facing garment workers in operationalising their labour rights at the workplace. Underpinning this work is an interest in qualitative research methods, particularly ethnographic and longitudinal approaches,  and I am an editor of Qualitative Research.

Biography

I completed my doctoral studies (A Second Chance at Life: Labour, Love and Welfare on a South Wales Estate) at Cardiff University’s School of Social Science in 2011. The thesis examined the implications of welfare reform for mothers living in the upper reaches of the South Wales Valleys, charting the everyday interactions of the women with the labour market and pervasive mechanisms of street-level welfare governance. I began working as a researcher with the Wales Institute of Social Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) in 2015.

Publications

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

  • Civil Society
  • Quality of work
  • Welfare states

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