Global Cambridge in Cardiff

Global Cambridge in Cardiff

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How should societies adjust their view of work?
Saturday, 10 November 2018 - 3.00pm to 6.00pm GMT
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

For many countries throughout the world, the “population pyramid” is rapidly transforming into a “population pillar”. In the face of social and technological change; how should our societies adjust their view of work? What changes are necessary to ensure adults have access to meaningful work or volunteer opportunities throughout their lives? And how can our economies continue to thrive?

Join Dr Brendan Burchell, Reader in the Social Sciences, Director of Graduate Education in Sociology, Director of the Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Centre, and Dr Daiga Kamerade, Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology and Criminology, who will discuss the world-leading research Cambridge is undertaking in order to tackle the challenges raised by the changing demographics of the 21st century.

After the discussion, continue the conversation with other alumni and guests over refreshments at a drinks reception.


Professor Graham Virgo QC (Hon)

Professor Graham Virgo
  • Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)
  • Professor of English Private Law
  • Fellow of Downing College

Professor Graham Virgo is Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of English Private Law in the Faculty of Law.

Graham is a Fellow of Downing College, where he was previously Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in Law. He was previously Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Law. He is a barrister and Academic Bencher of Lincoln's Inn.

His main research interests are in the fields of the law of Restitution, equity and trusts and the substantive criminal law.

Alumni information: 
Downing 1984

Dr Brendan Burchell

Dr Brendan Burchell
  • Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Sociology
  • Director of the Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Centre
  • Fellow of Magdalene College

Dr Brendan Burchell's first degree was in Psychology, from the University of Birmingham (1977–80). Afterwards, he undertook a PhD in Social Psychology at Warwick University, researching person perception under laboratory conditions. His career took a change of direction when, in 1985, he was appointed to the Department of Applied Economics at Cambridge as a Research Officer to assist in a project entitled the 'Social Change and Economic Life Initiative', working collaboratively with economists, social psychologists and sociologists on various aspects of labour markets and their effects on individuals. In 1988, Brendan transferred to take a Lectureship in the Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science (previously 'Social and Political Sciences').

Since coming to Cambridge, Brendan’s research has concentrated mainly on the effects of labour market experiences (job insecurity, work intensification, bankruptcy, zero-hours contracts, part-time work, unemployment, job quality etc) on social and psychological wellbeing. He is also interested in self-employment in developed and developing countries; the quality of police jobs; and the future of work, post-robotics and machine learning. Recent projects have included gender segregation and men’s and women’s life cycles and careers. He is a recognised expert on gender and employment within the EU, and works with many international organisations.

Brendan is currently the Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Sociology, and was previously Head of Department.  He is also Director of the Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Centre.

Dr Daiga Kamerade

Dr Daiga Kamerade
  • Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology/Criminology, University of Salford

Dr Daiga Kamerade is an experienced lecturer and researcher and has been working at various universities in the UK and abroad for nearly 20 years. She is a work and employment researcher who combines sociological and psychological perspectives and has expertise in quantitative research methods, and extensive experience of using large and complex data sets.

Most recently Daiga has been involved in three projects: Community Hospitals Research Programme (2014–2017), the FP7 Third Sector Impact Research Project, and the Defining Mass Observation Project. She is a member of an interdisciplinary, inter-university Theorising Underemployment Research Network (TURN).Currently she is part of the team in ‘The employment dosage: How much work is needed for health and wellbeing?’ project funded by Cambridge Political Economy Trust.

Daiga joined the University of Salford in October 2016 from the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this Daiga worked at the University of Manchester. She was awarded a PhD from Cambridge for a study on how working conditions affect workers’ engagement in voluntary organisations. Daiga has also been involved in data collection and analysis consultancy work for numerous private and public sector organisations

Alumni information: 
St Edmund's 2002 and Magdalene 2004

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