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 micro-dynamics of emergent efforts at worker organising in hostile and precarious circumstances in the UK. In approaching this topic, I aim to synthesise methodological and theoretical insights from industrial relations and social movement studies. The results will intervene in debates over agency and the labour process, trade union decline and resurgence, and the rise of non-standard employment.

My other research interests include general 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.

Further information


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