Event: ‘Decent’ work and ‘Decent’ Adult Social Care

‘Decent’ work and ‘Decent’ Social Care: what prospects in the current policy context?
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

This event will draw on research findings from a number of key reports, focussing on adult social care in England, Scotland and Wales followed by a series of workshops exploring in greater detail the implications for Manchester.

Through these workshops, delegates will have the opportunity to engage with a range of different stakeholders and share their experiences, views and concerns for the future of adult social care in Manchester and the region. To this end this event is aimed at a diverse audience including: practitioners (e.g. care providers), academics and policy makers.

It is envisaged this event will also make a significant contribution to the wider debate around the regional Devolution Agenda.

Please note the event will be filmed and used as a practitioner and policy maker resource.


Professor Carol Atkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Carol Atkinson is Professor of Human Resource Management and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. Carol will present findings from her recently published report (commissioned by the Welsh Government) entitled: Factors that affect the recruitment and retention of domiciliary care workers which explores the relationships between employment practice, recruitment and retention and quality of domiciliary care: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/news-items/4233.

Carol is Council Member of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society and on the Steering Committee for the British Academy of Management HRM Special Interest Group, and sits on prestigious academic journal editorial boards, including Work, Employment and Society. She is an experienced HR practitioner, Chartered Member of CIPD and Branch Secretary (Manchester).

Professor Ian Cunningham, University of Strathclyde

Ian Cunningham is Professor of Employment Relations in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde. He is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and between 2010–13 he was Treasurer of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA). Professor Cunningham’s research interests include voluntary sector employment relations, sickness absence and disability management, employee involvement and participation and public sector employment relations during austerity. Professor Cunningham has published in a wide range of HR and public administration journals and has strong research links with scholars from Canada and Australia.

Professor Sian Moore, Greenwich University 

Sian Moore is Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management at Greenwich University, and Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit. Her recent research is on the impact of local authority commissioning on the pay and hours of domiciliary care workers. This includes research for the Low Pay Commission with colleagues from the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) at the University of Leeds. She has been working with Lydia Hayes from the University of Cardiff on the electronic supervision of homecare and its role in reproducing unpaid working time. This research informed the Kingsmill Report on Working Conditions in the UK Care Sector in 2014.


Room 2.12

Registration and refreshments

Presentation of research

Tea and coffee

Room G.29

Interactive workshops

Feedback from groups and close

This event forms part of Manchester Metropolitan University’s events for the ESRC Festival of Social Science, which takes place between November 5th–12th. For this year, our events are part of the Faculty’s devolution programme entitled ‘Greater Manchester and the Business of the Devolution’. This programme is also part of Manchester Metropolitan’s wider D/Evolving Manchester series.

Since 2014, MMU Knowledge Hub has organised events for the annual ESRC Festival of Social Science
This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK – via public debates, conferences, workshops, and film screenings.

The Festival of Social Science provides fantastic opportunities for the Knowledge Hub to invite local, national and international audiences to MMU Business School where they can engage with research undertaken by members of our Knowledge Clusters.

To Register, visit our Eventbrite page here