The Cumberland Lodge Report, Working Identities, sheds light on the rapidly changing world of work and its wide-ranging impacts on individuals and wider society.
It focuses on how work impacts on peoples' identities and sense of belonging, by addressing five key areas of working life: ‘working-class’ identities, ‘precarious’ work and young people, digital revolutions (including digitalisation and automatisation), meaningless (‘bullshit’) jobs, youth unemployment and worklessness, and impacts of structural discrimination.
The report draws on the collective wisdom and experience of trade union representatives, working rights campaigners, academics, non-governmental organisations, policymakers and community practitioners.
Working Identities was launched with a panel discussion at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, on Thursday 28 November, with guest panellists Kate Bell (Trades Union Crongress), Professor Jackie O'Reilly (University of Sussex) and Mark Littlewood (Institute of Economic Affairs). It is written by Dr Eva Selenko (Loughborough University), who was commissioned to support this 12-month project as a freelance Research Associate.