PhD Studentship at the OU on Workers’ Inquiry in the time of a pandemic

Covid-19 and the Climate Emergency

The Open University Business School is inviting applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning 1 February 2021 on 'Responding to COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency'. More information is available at:…

Dr Jamie Woodcock is supervising one of the calls on "Workers' inquiry in the time of a pandemic”.

Proposals are invited that engage with the debates on work through workers inquiry. Broadly speaking, this will involve empirical research with workers, combined with a focus on resistance and/or organising. These inquiries are seen as potentially broad in scope, method, and methodology, but expect proposals that explore workers' experiences.

Methodologically, successful applicants will pursue (auto)ethnography, interviews, visual or other qualitative methods, and we are particularly looking for proposals that experiment with approaches to co-create research findings with workers (see, for example, Woodcock, 2017; Waters and Woodcock, 2017; Cant, 2019). Possible research sites could include both new and traditional forms of work, for example platform work, the care sector, logistics or other under-researched areas.

The full call is available at:…

How to apply
The closing date for applications is 12noon GMT on Monday 7 September 2020. Proposal, covering letter, fully completed application form and copies of certificates and transcripts should be emailed by the closing time and date.

Any questions or requests for discussions of proposals should be emailed to Dr Jamie Woodcock at