Decent Work & Development Initiative

Theme Leader: Professor Edward Webster


The aim of this cluster is to investigate how the goal of decent work can be reconciled with new forms of employment creation and livelihood strategies, .A growing  number of working people in the developing world experience  a decent work deficit, either through working in the informal economy or through casual and sub-contracted work.


The largest deficit is in the rural areas where for many a ‘bad job’ may well be better than no job at all.


In our research we pay particular attention to those developmental strategies which facilitate a more appropriate balance between the interests of the market (economic efficiency)  and the needs of society (social cohesion). This includes an examination of the construction of a counter-movement against the social destruction wrought by the market in the Global South.

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