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Dr Brendan Burchell

Dr Brendan Burchell

Reader in the Social Sciences

Quantitative methods in the Social Sciences

The effects of labour market experiences on psychological wellbeing; employment and unemployment


Biography:

Dr Brendan Burchell's first degree was in Psychology from the University of Birmingham from 1977-80. From there he went to Warwick University to take a PhD in Social Psychology, researching person perception under laboratory conditions. He then took a one-year post at The City University teaching social psychology, statistics and computing. 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 a variety of aspects of labour markets and their effects on individuals. In 1988 Dr Burchell transferred from the Department of Applied Economics to take a Lectureship in the Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science.

Dr Brendan Burchell on the Sociology Department website

Departments

Sociology:
Quantitative methods in the social sciences; the effects of labour market experiences on psychological wellbeing; employment and unemployment

Research Interests

The effects of labour market experiences (e.g. job insecurity, work intensification, bankruptcy, zero hours contracts, part-time work, unemployment) on psychological well-being. The social psychological effects of precarious employment and unemployment. Gender segregation, men’s and women’s life cycle and career. Emotional reactions to personal finances: “Financial Phobia”.