Gavin Maclean
Gavin Maclean

Dr Gavin Maclean

Lecturer

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Sociology within the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to this I worked as a Research Assistant in the Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University.

My research interests lie in the sociological study of culture, work, organisation and care. My research focuses on the interconnections between culture, economy and 'nature'; processes of commodification or 'value conflicts' in work and organisation; plants, gardening and organising sustainability; feminist analysis of work and culture; bureaucracy in society and culture; work within digital, cultural, health or public sector contexts; and cultural studies and 'conjunctural analysis'.

I have a degree in Management, a Masters by Research in Social Research and a PhD, all from Heriot-Watt University. My PhD examined the conflict between artistic freedom and the commercial pressures of work within the recorded music industry.

I am currently a co-investigator on a Leverhulme/British Academy Small Research Grant researching the work of producing sustainability in restaurant work. Prior to this, I worked on an ESRC-funded project investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak, and have previously worked on projects funded by the EPSRC, Carnegie and other funding bodies.

Events

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • Economy in the Planthropocene: on Plants, Solidarity, and Worldmaking

 

Editorial Activity

  • Associate Board Member of the Sociological Review Online

 

Invited Speaker

  • 'Gardening to Save the Planet? Exploring the ‘work’ of No Mow May and Plants for Pollinators', invited speaker at York St John University
  • 'Care versus commerce? Exploring the labour of trust in Scottish Dentistry', invited speaker at Northumbria University

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • 'Temporary asylum accommodation during the pandemic' ESRC project report and documentary launch event
  • Mental Health and Unemployment in Scotland, report launch event for Carnegie-funded project

 

Date


18 results

Midlife Creativity and Identity: Life into Art

Journal Article
Maclean, G. (2019)
Midlife Creativity and Identity: Life into Art. Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change, 4(2),
Review of the book "Midlife Creativity and Identity: Life into Art" by Philip Miles.

Age management in the workplace: manager and older worker accounts of policy and practice

Journal Article
Egdell, V., Maclean, G., Raeside, R., & Chen, T. (2020)
Age management in the workplace: manager and older worker accounts of policy and practice. Ageing and society, 40(4), 784-804. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X18001307
The impact of an ageing workforce on the workplace is a concern internationally. Governments are increasingly encouraging the continued labour market participation of older wo...

Understanding the status of underrepresented groups in the Information and Communication Technologies

Report
Graham, H., Raeside, R., & Maclean, G. (2018)
Understanding the status of underrepresented groups in the Information and Communication Technologies. Edinburgh: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
This report presents the findings of a research project commissioned by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to explore the barriers facing under-rep...

The ageing workforce and employers in Fife

Report
Egdell, V., Chen, T., Maclean, G., & Raeside, R. (2017)
The ageing workforce and employers in Fife. The Workplace Team, Health Promotion, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership and Fife Health & Wellbeing Alliance
The Scottish population is ageing. This will have a significant impact on labour market and employment practices. Increasing numbers of older workers (those aged 50 plus) are ...

Women, Work and Technology: Examining the Under-Representation of Women in ICT

Book Chapter
Marks, A., Krzywdzinski, M., Briken, K., Maclean, G., Marks, A., & Chillas, S. (2017)
Women, Work and Technology: Examining the Under-Representation of Women in ICT. In K. Briken, S. Chillas, & M. Krzywdzinski (Eds.), The New Digital Workplace (177-194). (1). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-61014-0_9
No abstract available.

Confusion and collectivism in the ICT sector: Is FLOSS the answer?

Journal Article
Marks, A., Chillas, S., Galloway, L., & Maclean, G. (2020)
Confusion and collectivism in the ICT sector: Is FLOSS the answer?. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 41(1), 167-188. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831x17695441
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workers rarely join trade unions. This is usually explained by the individualised nature of work. We examine broader forms of c...

Mental Health and Unemployment in Scotland: Understanding the impact of welfare reforms in Scotland for individuals with mental health conditions

Report
Maclean, G., Marks, A. & Cowan, S. (2017)
Mental Health and Unemployment in Scotland: Understanding the impact of welfare reforms in Scotland for individuals with mental health conditions. Edinburgh: Carnegie Trust
During 2016, 30 individuals with a mental health condition (who claimed ESA, have had their ESA withdrawn and moved on to JSA, or have been directed into the WRAG group based ...

Temporary asylum accommodation: Key policies and practices

Report
Guma, T., Maclean, G., Macleod, K., & Sharapov, K. (2021)
Temporary asylum accommodation: Key policies and practices. ESRC
This review provides the policy context for the research project: Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 out...

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