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Team UK
Labour Market Transitions in comparative perspective

About the topic

What? The British team will “translate” (i.e. collect, summarize, make understandable and accessible) findings from existing research projects within the EU Framework Programmes and initiate their discussion in a local context.

Where? This British team will implement local dissemination activities in the south of Britain. Locations of dissemination are Brighton and London.

Main sub-themes: (1) Labour market transitions – a generational comparison of young and older workers
(2) Labour market transitions around family formation.

Why? To examine and illustrate the impact of labour market transitions across generations. This focuses on a comparison of younger and older workers, as well as labour market transitions around family formation. These are highly significant transitions given the importance of getting into and staying in employment; the long term consequence of exclusionary transitions where people cannot retain a foothold in work result in poverty; successful integrative transitions allow people to change their working time to retain an employment relationship and longer term financial security.

Whom to reach? We are targeting key NGOs and UK policy makers who will be invited to four events we are hosting in London and Brighton. Participation will include the Parenting and Families Institute, the Age and Employment Network, the Employers Forum on Age; The Trust for the Study of Adolescence, Mumsnet; Mosaic; CUPP; Brighton and Hove City Council Research Department; SEEDA; the Institute for Employment Studies and their links with national government departments. Policy briefs will be distributed through dedicated mailing lists and our web site.

What will be disseminated?: We will disseminate research findings from the following projects:

(1) TRANSLAM (1996-1999), a project on the social integration by transitional labour markets and new pathways for labour market policy.
(2) (2002-06), a project on managing social risks through transitional labour markets.
(3) WORKCARE (2006-2009), a project on the social quality and changing relationships between work, care and welfare in Europe.
(4) EQUALSOC (2005-10), a project on economic change, quality of life and social cohesion.

Team Facts:

UK Team (P9): UoB- University of Brighton
Researcher: Prof. O’Reilly
Knowledge transfer: Dr David Lain, Chris Matthews
Communication: Dr David Lain, Chris Matthews; Rebecca Haroutunian (Communications Manager, UoB); Keir Bosley (external expert), CHA, Network House, 5-11 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JB
Contact: Dr. Jacqueline O’Reilly (J.O’, David Lain (

The WORKCARESYNERGIES dissemination project ran for two years (2010/2011) and finished in December 2011.
Nevertheless, this homepage is being maintained for the next years to allow downloads of project information and related documents.