Worker Fragility Focus of UCL Collaborative Social Science Domain’s Annual Debate

Jennifer Remnant, a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Strathclyde business school based in the Scottish Centre for Employment Research, will lecture at the University College London (UCL) Collaborative Social Science Domain Annual Debate 2023.

Remnant’s work emphasizes experiences of health and impairment at work, disability in the workplace, how organizations and health are interrelated and other health and work-related concepts. She also studies how managers make decisions regarding workplace support for those with disabilities and the sociology of disability.

Her hour-long lecture, “The Fragile Worker: Stigma, Illness and Disability in the Contemporary [Western] Workplace,” will take place on Tuesday, July 4, at 6 p.m. BST at the UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre, LT1, in the basement of the Cruciform Building on Gower Street, London, WCIE 6BT. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

The lecture will also be live-streamed on the UCL YouTube channel. Details on the stream will come later.

The lecture will discuss why some employees with long-term conditions and disabilities choose not to disclose their diagnoses or access workplace support, and how employer prejudices impact employees with disabilities.

“In this talk, I will reflect on the fragility of the disabled worker in this context, a fragility that does not relate to their impairment effects or symptoms, but instead, the insecurity of their engagement and progression at work,” Remnant said.

Three UCL researchers will give brief responses to Remnant’s lecture based on their own disciplinary work in fragility.

Remnant will be introduced by Carey Jewitt, chair of the UCL Collaborative Social Science Domain and professor of learning and technology.

The event is sponsored by Sage, the parent of Social Science Space.

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