Running throughout the work of the Centre are three consistent threads, although they are consistent by the fact that they are a constant focus for exploration, critique, clarification, modification and development. The first is a continuous review and reflexive questioning of our common, and diverse, Concepts, Theory and Philosophy, underpinning and orienting our work. The second area is that of Methodology, Method and Techniques, where we work to incorporate new advances in ethnographic approaches, but also developments in using non-conventional media as part of the research process enriching and broadening the bandwidth of our data elicitation. This links to our third theme, that of Writing, Representation and Presentation, in which we work on the ways in which we communicate our work and design accessibility and affective impact into its dissemination strategies.
We are interested in exploring a range of themes in and around contemporary and historical working lives. These include, but are not limited to: Beyond Work and Play - Boundaries and Lifestyles; Emotion Work and Affective Organization; Bodies at Work; Political Aesthetics of Work; Living and Working Creatively, Creative Work and Cultural Industry; Industries and Occupations; Psychodynamics and Working Lives; Lived Effects of Globalization; Shaping and Spacing Working Lives, Past and Present - Design Technology and Form.