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THINKING ALLOWED
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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
08 August 2007
repeat 12 August
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COMMODIFICATION OF WATER
Recent research by Bronwen Morgan, Professor of Socio-legal Studies Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol, raises vital political and economic questions about the extent to which water is a commercial product like any other commercial product – a bottle of coke or a can of beans – or a basic human right.

Professor Morgan’s study explores the ways in which provision of water has developed into a highly contested terrain about its meaning and use; taking in forms of social protest, to notion of rights, and governance.

JOB SATISFACTION
Why are hairdressers the second most contented people in the UK workforce, after highly paid managers?  Why have teachers moved up from being the most unhappy workers in the country to being near the top of the occupational satisfaction charts?

Laurie Taylor hears the details of a new analysis of which workers in Britain are happy and which jobs lead to very low satisfaction. Does happiness really affect productivity?  What is the most important factor that leads to fulfilment at work?

Laurie is joined by Michael Rose, Professor of Social and Policy Science at the Bath University who has compiled an index of workplace satisfaction, based upon his analysis of latest information from a government workplace study and Richard Reeves author of Happy Mondays - putting the pleasure back into work, which calls for revolutionary re-evaluation of modern working life.
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Bronwen Morgan, Professor of Socio-legal Studies Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol

The Commodification of Water: social protest and cosmopolitan citizenship
ESRC funded study

Professor Michael Rose, Professorial Fellow
Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

Why so Fed Up and Footloose in IT? Spelling out the Association and overall Job Satisfaction shown by WERS 2004
Paper published in Industrial Relations Journal

Department of Trade and Industry’s Workplace Employment Relations survey (2004-2005)

Richard Reeves, business writer, speaker and consultant

Happy Mondays: Putting the Pleasure Back into Work
Publisher: Momentum
ISBN-10: 1843040050
ISBN-13: 978-1843040057
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