I was part of the research team that conducted the British Skills and Employment Survey 2012. SES 2012 is the sixth of a series of nationally representative surveys of individuals in employment. Using the 2012 data we published 6 mini-reports on fear at workjob related well-beingwork intensificationjob controlskills at work, and training. In 2015 Oxford University Press will publish Unequal Britain at Work, an edited volume based on the 6 surveys in which I contributed a chapter on temporary employment. 

Economic Crisis, Quality of Work and Social Cohesion:

As part of an international research team led by Prof. Duncan Gallie, I took part in the investigation of the implications of the economic crisis on quality of work in Europe. We analysed developments in skills and training, employees' control over their jobs, the pressure of work, and job security. We also assessed how changing relations at work affected people's lives at home: the risks of work-life conflict, the motivation to work, personal well-being, and attitudes towards society. Drawing on the European Social Survey (2004 and 2010), the project had a detailed assessment of how the institutional differences between European societies affect work experiences and their implications for non-work life. The findings of this project were published in an edited volume (Oxford University Press, 2013), to which I contributed a chapter on job insecurity and the peripheral workforce.

Labour Market Insecurity and Family Relationships in the UK:

In my doctoral project I investigated how the experience of labour market insecurity affects individuals' life courses and family lives in the UK. My thesis focused on unemployment and temporary work as two sources of personal insecurity, and examined their consequences on partnership formation, transition into parenthood, the well-being within the family, and partnership dissolution. It used a longitudinal approach and relied on samples from the British Household Panel Study. 

My results showed that unemployment has serious negative consequences for individuals' family outcomes. Temporary work also has some negative outcomes, particularly for vulnerable groups. Unemployment and temporary employment discourages young adults to form marital unions, while unemployment increases the risk of early fatherhood, especially for  non-married and lower educated men. In addition, unemployed individuals and their spouses report a drop in their life-satisfaction, psychological well-being, and face a greater risk of marital separation. Male temporary work is associated with poorer well-being for the low-skilled employees and those who report subjective insecurity. The wives of men working on temporary contracts also suffer from a decline in their well-being. 

Interestingly, dual-insecurity - where both spouses experience insecure employment - has less of an impact on the family than role-reversal, which occurs when traditional household gender roles are reversed. Specially, when a male partner is unemployed and the female partner is employed, or when the male partner is working on temporary basis and the female partner is working on a permanent basis, then the couple is more likely to delay the transition into parenthood, suffers from a decline in well-being, and eventually to separate.

Turkish Academic Career Survey:

In 2007, Berkay Ozcan (LSE) and I designed and collected the first  nationally representative individual life-history data on 4500 academics in Turkey. This survey covers information on the academics’ educational, professional, marital and socioeconomic backgrounds, the facilities provided by the institutions in which they work, the distribution of household tasks, decision-making on domestic matters, attitudes toward work, academia, and the Turkish academic system in particular. The representativeness of this survey is ensured by sending individual questionnaires to the entire population of universities and research institutes in the country rather than by sampling. Moreover, item and unit non-response were adjusted through computed individual weights based on gender/ field or department/ academic rank using administrative records. This dataset is linked to university-level data from 1983 to 2007 that provides information about the faculty and staff at each academic rank by department or field.