Rebecca joined TSRC in April 2009 and is working on several research programmes, including Real Times, its core qualitative longitudinal research project, and the Theory and Policy work stream.
Rebecca’ s research interests include: the meaning of work in its various forms; work outside the labour market, such as voluntary and informal work; career transitions and experiences of disadvantaged or excluded groups (older people, ethnic minorities) in the labour market; conceptualising labour markets (across all sectors) and the intersection between different fields and forms of work.
Prior to joining the TSRC Rebecca worked as a research fellow at the Policy Studies Institute where she was involved in a wide range of research on work and employment with a particular focus on labour market disadvantage and the experiences of older workers and ethnic minorities. Recent projects explored the experiences of social housing tenants in relation to employment ad debt, recurrent poverty and cycling between work and benefits, employers perspectives on employing older workers.
Rebecca also worked on the ESRC funded qualitative longitudinal study of young peoples transitions to adulthood ‘inventing adulthoods’ at London Southbank University. Her PHD was a critical exploration of the concept of work and voluntary work and involved depth life and work history interviews with paid and unpaid workers in two voluntary sector organisations.