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Thu, 18 Nov



The Living Wage: Showcasing the latest cutting edge research

This webinar launches the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology’s special issue on living wages, and the EAWOP & ESRC Impact Accelerator Living Wage game.

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The Living Wage: Showcasing the latest cutting edge research

Time & Location

18 Nov 2021, 09:00 – 11:30 GMT



About the Event

Key audience

HR and researchers

Students and the public interested in living wages

Workers from marginalized and vulnerable groups have been struck hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic, precarious contracts and working conditions increasing their exposure to the virus. This webinar links to an European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology’s special issue on living wages, to reveal how WOP research can contribute to societal grand challenges such as poverty and inequality. The topic of living wages is pertinent for all workers especially those involved in informal and precarious work, regardless of contexts and country. Through 5 short talks the latest WOP conceptual, methodological and empirical work in this area will be showcased, to raise practical questions, and help inform new research agenda. 

Those attending this event will gain insight into the WOP science of living wages, with 5 short talks that will how WOP science is expanding knowledge of the impact and consequences of low paid work on workers, organisations and societies. They will have a preview of the new serious game that can be used to raise awareness of low paid work and the experiences for workers and organisations. 

Revised Agenda

9:00 Introductions and welcome – Dr. McWha-Hermann (University of Edinburgh, UK)

9:10 Short science talk 1: Living wages – Where we have been & why WOP science matters – Prof. Rosalind Searle (EAWOP Impact Incubator director and University of Glasgow, UK)

9:25 Short science talk 2: Why do managers of SMEs seek voluntary living wage accreditation? – Dr. Andrea Werner (Middlesex University, UK)

9:40 Short science talk 3: The psychological consequences of economic vulnerability – Dr. Katharina Klug (University of Breman, Germany) and Dr. Eva Selenko (Loughborough University, UK)

9:55 Q&A session for talks 1, 2 & 3

10:05 short break – 5 min

10:10 Short science talk 4: Living Wages, Decent Work, and Need Satisfaction - Dr. Lisa Hopfgartner & Dr. Christian Seubert (Leopold-Franzens-University, Austria)

10:25 Short science talk 5: Cultural skills as drivers of decency in decent work - Dr. Mahima Saxena, (University of Nebraska Omaha, United States)

10:40 Serious game – New way of knowledge exchange – Prof. Rosalind Searle University of Glasgow, UK) & Dr. McWha-Hermann (University of Edinburgh, UK)

10:50 Q&A session for talks 4 & 5 & about the serious game

11.05 wrap-up event

The event will be recorded, subtitles added and these talks hosted on the EAWOP impact incubator’s YouTube site.

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021 and was made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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