Mr Morgan Rhys Powell

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I am an ESRC-funded PhD candidate at the School of Social Sciences.

My research concerns the nature of contemporary union organising in the UK, investigating the emergence and endurance of organised labour in ostensibly hostile and precarious circumstances. By applying participatory social movement methods to case studies of unionisation in particularly insecure workplaces, my project intervenes in recent debates over trade union decline and resurgence, the rise of non-standard employment, and conceptualisations of ‘precarity’.

My other research interests include social movement studies, class analysis, and alternatives to capitalism.

I am from Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, and alongside my academic focus I am interested in the Welsh national question, the future of the Welsh language, and in the growing Welsh independence movement.

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Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology - Trade Union Renewal, Social Movements, Political Economy, Platform Labour, Class Analysis, Precarity, Marxism

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2020 - Master of Arts, Sociology and Social Research (Distinction), Newcastle University
  • 2017 - Bachelor of Arts, Human, Social and Political Sciences (First Class Honours), University of Cambridge