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Seminar series aimed at PhD Researchers in European Legal Studies

Thanks to funding by the European Commission, the Centre can offer some additional activities for PhD researchers in European legal studies. All these seminars will be followed by refreshments, to enhance opportunities for networking.

Critical European Studies Between the Disciplines of Law and Sociology – Tales From Adventurous Journeys to a PhD

05 December 2012 | 9.30am to 1.00pm | Seminar
School of Law, The Liberty Building, University of Leeds

Researching for a PhD in European studies with a critical aspiration of any kind frequently leads to an interdisciplinary approach: legal scholars engage in empirical studies, scholars of politics analyze case law, sociologists approach the EU institutions. Such a transdisciplinary adventure can be challenging for PhD researchers. The seminar entails three presentations on such mixed disciplinary approaches, with the opportunity to also discuss own work afterwards and receive academic feedback.


Dr. Shirley Tate (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds)

This talk will draw on the experience of being the UK lead on a comparative qualitative EU project with Spain, Germany and Austria on work-life balance and the employment of (migrant) domestic workers. The project team as a whole was cross disciplinary (Sociology, Politics, Anthropology, Law) and multi-lingual. What will be looked at specifically is how 'race' differentially impacted the team's understanding of the project, interaction with the data and the findings.

Miss Amy Ludlow (Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge)

This paper will draw upon research conducted between 2009 and 2012, which empirically evaluates the operation of the public procurement and business transfer rules, in the context of the privatisation of the first operational public prison in the UK. The paper will explore how sociological theories helped to frame the study's research questions, make sense of the data that was collected and provided a methodological steer towards empiricism. It will also reflect upon the challenges which interdisciplinary research and empirical methods present for most traditionally trained lawyers.

Julie Wilson (Business School,University of Leeds)

Knowledge workers are notoriously difficult to manage and urban myths around their propensity to quit abound. However, these myths may not represent reality and their actual working relationships with management may be far more nuanced. This research seeks to understand how trust and leader-member exchange mechanisms might describe vertical relationships for software engineers and what other aspects of both personality and environment are making a difference to work-based relations.

The seminar is free of charge, but please register with Andrea Gideon.

Location Details

Seminar Room 1.11
School of Law
The Liberty Building
University of Leeds

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