Director of Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Centre
Dr Brendan Burchell's first degree was in Psychology from Birmingham University 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.
1990- University Lecturer, HSPS, University of Cambridge
1985-1990 Research Officer, Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge
1984-1985 Temporary Lecturer in Computing and Statistics, Psychology Division, The City University
The effects of labour market experiences (e.g. job insecurity, work intensification, bankruptcy, unemployment) on psychological well-being. The social psychological effects of precarious employment and unemployment.
Analysis of complex work and life histories data.
Gender segregation, men’s and women’s life cycle and career.
Emotional reactions to personal finances: “Financial Phobia”.
Member of the Sociological Research Group and Individual in the labour Market Research group
Data Analysis and Research Methods
Sociological and Psychological aspects of Unemployment, work intensification and Job Insecurity.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
(Forthcoming 2016) Burchell, B., Soffia, M. and Piasna, A. ‘The Quality of Digital and Non-Digital Jobs in the EU and the UK’. New Technology, Work and Employment
(Forthcoming 2016) Burchell, B. and Ward, ‘Work intensification in the EU and deintensification in the UK: The effect of early adoption of new computer technologies in the UK’. New Technology, Work and Employment
(Forthcoming 2016) Racko, G., Strauss, K. and Burchell, B. ‘Economics Education and Value Change: The Role of Program Normative Homogeneity and Peer Influence’ Academy of Management Learning and Education
O'Reilly, J., Smith, M., Deakin, S. and Burchell, B. (2015) 'Equal Pay as a Moving Target: International perspectives on forty years of addressing the gender pay gap'. Cambridge Journal of Economics (2015) 39 (2):299-317
Sehnbruch, K., Burchell, B., Agloni, N. and Piasna, A. (2015) 'Human Development and Decent Work: Why some concepts succeed and others fail to make an impact'. Development and Change (2015) 46 (2)
Burchell, B.J., Sehnbruch, K., Piasna, A., Agloni, N. (2014) 'The quality of employment and decent work: definitions, methodologies, and ongoing debates'. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38 (2): 459-477
Burchell, B., & Tumawu, K. D. A. (2014). 'Employee Motivation and Work Ethic in the State and Private sector in Ghana: A Survey of Teaching and Banking Professions'. Online Journal of African Affairs, 3(4), 55-62.
Racko, G. and Burchell, B. (2013) 'The role of technical progress, professionalization and Christian religion in occupational gender segregation: A cross-national analysis', Work, Employment And Society 27: 581-599.
Piasna, A., Smith, M., Rose, J., Rubery, J., Burchell, B. and Rafferty, A. (2013) 'Participatory HRM practices and job quality of vulnerable workers', The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24:22, 4094-4115.
Shapiro, G.K. & Burchell, B.J. (2012) 'Measuring Financial Anxiety'. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics. 5(2) 92-103.
Burchell, B.J. (2011) 'A Temporal Comparison of the Effects of Unemployment and Job Insecurity on Wellbeing'. Sociological Research Online 16. Retrieved September 28, 2011 (http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/1/9.html)
Burchell, B.J., Allen, R.P., Miller, J.K., Hening, W.A. & Earley, C.J. (2009) 'RLS and blood donation'. Sleep Medicine, 10(8), 844-849.
Burchell, B.J. (2009) 'Flexicurity as a moderator of the relationship between job insecurity and psychological well-being'. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 2(3) Pp. 365-378.
Allen, R.P., Burchell, B.J.,MacDonald, B., Hening, W.A. & Earley, C.J. (2009) 'Validation of the self-completed Cambridge-Hopkins questionnaire (CH-RLSq) for ascertainment of restless legs syndrome (RLS) in a population survey'. Sleep Medicine, 10(10) 1097-1100 (December).
Lai, Y & Burchell, B.J. (2008) 'Distributed work: communication in an 'officeless firm''. New Technology, Work and Employment 23:1-2
Smith, M. Burchell, B.J. Fagan, C. & O'Brien, C. (2008) 'Job quality in Europe'. Industrial Relations Journal 39(6), 585-602
Biggs, D. Burchell, B.J. & Millmore, M. (2006) 'The changing world of the temporary worker: the potential HR impact of legislation'. Personnel Review, 35(2) 191-206.
Burchell, B.J. & Fagan, C. (2004) 'Gender and the intensification of work: Evidence from the European Working Conditions Surveys'. Eastern Economic Journal 30 (4): 627-642.
Kamerade, D. & Burchell, B.J. (2004) 'Teleworking and social capital: Is teleworking an isolating or a community-friendly form of work?' European Sociological Review 20(4): 345-361.
Felstead, A., Green, F. and Burchell, B.J. (2000) 'Job insecurity and the difficulty of regaining employment: An empirical study of unemployment expectations'. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics i 855-83.
Burchell, B.J. (1999) 'The unequal distribution of job insecurity,' 1966-86. International Review of Applied Economics 13: 439-460.
Burchell, B.J. and Yagil, D. (1997) 'Socioeconomic and political initiators of pay comparisons'. Work, Employment and Society 11: 737-748.
Burchell, B.J. and Wilkinson, F. (1997) 'Trust, Business arrangements and contractual environment'. Cambridge Journal of Economics 2: 217-237.
Burchell, B.J. (1996) 'Gender Segregation, Size of Workplace and Public Sector'. Gender, Work and Organisation 3: 227-235.
Burchell, B.J. (1993) 'A new way of analyzing labour market flows using work history data'. Work, Employment & Society 7: 237-258.
Burchell, B.J. and Marsh, C. (1992) 'The effect of questionnaire length on survey response'. Quality and Quantity 26: 233-244.
Burchell, B.J. (1992) 'Towards a social psychology of the labour market: Or why we need to understand the labour market before we can understand unemployment'. Journal of Occupational and Organisational psychology 65: 345-354.
Burchell, B.J. and Rubery, J. (1990) 'An Empirical Investigation into the Segmentation of the Labour Supply'. Work, Employment and Society 4: 551-575
Horrell, S., Rubery, J. and Burchell, B.J. (1989) 'Gender and Skill'. Work, Employment and Society 4: 189-216.
Burchell, B.J. (1987) 'Questioning to find out about people'. Questioning Exchange I: 43-46.
Other Journal Articles (not peer reviewed)
Wood, A & Burchell, B. (2015) 'What Dave, Vince and Ed don’t tell you about zero-hours contracts'. Article in OpenDemocracy
Burchell, B. and Wood, A., (2014) 'Beyond zero-hours: reducing the misery of insecure hours', Safety Management, September 2014
Burchell, B.J. (2006) 'Anglais, encore un effort! L'intensite du travail au Royaume-Uni'. Actes de la research en sciences sociales 163, 91-100.
Brosnan, C & Burchell, B.J. (2006) 'Diagnosing restless legs syndrome: when words get in the way'. Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry 10(3) 33-35.
Burchell, B.J. (2005) 'The welfare costs of job insecurity: psychological wellbeing and family life'. Trends in social cohesion special issue: Reconciling labour flexibility with social cohesion - facing the challenge 15, 71-108.
Burchell, B.J. (2005) 'Les Couts sociaux de la precarite de l'emploi: bien-etre psychologique et la vie familiale'. Tendances de la cohesion sociale: Concilier flexibilite du travail et cohesion sociale - Un defi a relever 15, 75-116.
Burchell, B.J. (2004) 'Identifying, describing and understanding Financial Aversion: Financial phobes'. Argent , 2,(3) 22-26
Burchell, B.J. (2002) 'Les Conséquences Psychologiques et Familiales de l'Insécurité Professionnelle'. Les Politiques Sociales 61: 100-115.
Burchell, B.J. (1994) 'Levels of pay regulation and managers' and employees' perceptions'. Economies et Societes: les regulations economiques et sociales du Travail et de L'Emploi. Les decentralisations contemporaines. 18: 59-77.
Burchell, B.J. (1995) 'Exploratory Data Analysis'. Pharmacy Practice Research Resource Centre Bulletin 4: 9-12.
Burchell, B.J., Felstead, A. and Green, F. (1988) 'Insecurity at Work'. New Economy 5: 180-184.
Burchell, L.J. and Burchell, B.J. (1988) 'The Effects of Unemployment on Youth Training Scheme Leavers'. Journal of Youth and Policy 24: 20-24.
Burchell, B.J. and Devereux, J. (1987) 'The Influence of Father's Unemployment on the Values of School Children'. Journal of Youth and Policy 21: 32-43.
Burchell, B.J., Day, D., Hudson, M., Ladipo, D., Mankelow, R., Nolan, J., Reed, H., Wichert, I. and Wilkinson, F.. Job Insecurity and work intensification; flexibility and the changing boundaries of work. York: York publishing. I-v & 1-74
Burchell, B.J., Earnshaw, J. and Rubery, J.. New forms and new patterns of employment: The role of self-employment in the UK. University of Bremen: Zentrum Fur Europaische Reschts Politik ppi-xi & 1-187.
Burchell, B.J., Fraser, C., Duveen, G., Hay, D. and Hilmi, F.. Introducing Social Psychology. Jordan: Massira. (re-written and translation into Arabic). Pp1-640.
Burchell, B.J., Deakin, S., Michie, J. and Rubery, J. Systems of Production: Markets, Organisations and Performance. London: Routledge pp i-xiii & 1-285.
Burchell, B.J., Ladipo D. and Wilkinson, F. (Eds) Job Insecurity and Work Intensification. London: Routledge pp i-xi & p1-227.
Fraser, C. and Burchell, B.J. with Hay, D. and Duveen G. (Eds) Introducing Social Psychology. Oxford: Polity, pp i-xxiii, 1-520.
Burchell, B., Coutts, A., Hall, E. and Pye, N. (2016) Self-employment programmes for young people: A review of the context, policies and evidence. ILO Employment Working Paper No. 198.
Burchell, B. (2015) The Quality of Digital and Non-Digital Jobs, Report for the Cabinet Office
Burchell, B., Hardy, V., Rubery, J. & Smith, M. (2014) A new method to understand occupational gender segregation in European labour markets. Report for the European Commission.
Smith, M., Piasna, A., Burchell, B., Rubery, J., Rafferty, A., Rose, J. and Carter, L. (2013) Women, men and working conditions in Europe, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
Burchell, B.J., Cartron, D., Csizmadia, P., Delcampe,S., Gollac, M., Illéssy, M., Lorenz, E., Makó, C., O'Brien, C. & Valeyre, A. (2009) Working conditions in the European Union: Working time and work intensity. Dublin: European Foundation, October pp i-viii, 1-68.
Burchell, B.J. (2007) The Social, Psychological and Economic Costs of Job Insecurity. Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University, Working Paper 25 (Language: Japanese).
Burchell, B.J. & Hughes, A. (2007) The Stigma of Failure: An International Comparison of Failure Tolerance and Second Chancing. ITEC Working Paper Series 07-25 December, Doshisha University, Japan. Pp 1-39
Burchell,B., C. Fagan, C. O'Brien & M. Smith. (2007) Working Conditions in the European Union: The Gender Perspective. Dublin: European Foundation ppi-viii & 1-72.
Burchell, B.J. (2006) Quality Of Part-Time Work In Europe: Part Better Or Part Worse Than Full Time? Working paper series, ISER, Essex. Pp 1-19.
Elliott, John Sue Long, Barbara Walker, David Bridges with John Brierley Malcolm Brynin, Brendan Burchell, Sara Connolly, Mark Deas, Muriel Egerton, Kieth Hawkins, Geraldine Healy, Geoffrey Hinchliffe, Alison Lys, Ron Martin & Shaun Tyson. (2004) The dynamics of the graduate labour market in the East of England A report by the Graduate Labour Market Policy Research Forum, EEDA/University of East Anglia pp i-vi, 1-61.
Burchell, B.J. (2003) Identifying, describing and understanding Financial Aversion: Financial phobes. Report for Egg.
Fagan, C. and Burchell, B.J. (2002) Gender, Jobs and Working Conditions in the European Union. Dublin: European Foundation pp i-viii & 1-91
Wichert, I.C., Nolan, J.P. and Burchell, B.J. (2000) Workers on the Edge: Job Insecurity, Psychological wellbeing and Family Life. Washington DC: Economic Policy Institute, ppi-viii & 1-39.
Burchell, B.J., Deakin, D. and Honey, S. (1999) The Employment Status of Individuals in Non-Standard Employment : Department of Trade and Industry EMAR publications No 6.
Burchell, B.J., Hudson, M., Ladipo, D., Reed, H. and Wilkinson, F. (1999_ Working Conditions and the Quality of Care: Royal College of Midwives.
Burchell, B.J. and Ely, M. (1997) Income, Wealth and Opportunity in Cambridge, 1997: A background document. Cambridge: Cambridge City Council
Burchell, B.J. and Wilkinson, F.S. (1993) Sunday Trading and Premium Payments for Shop Workers in Small Shops: Relationship Foundation.
(Forthcoming): Job Quality: Conceptual and Methodological Contributions from Psychology. Brendan Burchell, Aga Piasna, Kirsty Sehnbruch and Nurjk Agloni. Editors Colette Fagan, Damian Grimshaw and others, Manchester University Press. (submitted)
(Forthcoming): Debt: individual, household and societal perspectives, Brendan Burchell, Julia Gumy and Matthew Sparkes
(Forthcoming): Unemployment in the 21st century Brendan Burchell and Alex Wood. In Alan Lewis (Ed) Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour (2nd edition). CUP
Biggs, D. Burchell, B.J. & Millmore, M. (2008) 臨時人員世界的變化：立法對人力資源可能造成的影響(The changing world of the temporary worker: the potential HR impact of legislation) Human resources dispatching: Taiwan
Burchell, B.J. Work Intensification in the UK. In D. Perrons, C Fagan, L McDowell K Ray and K Ward (Eds) (2006) Gender divisions and working time in the new economy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
Fagan, C. & Burchell B.J. (2006) L'intensification du travail et les différences hommes/femmes: conclusions des enquêtes européennes sur les conditions de travail. In P Askenazy, D Cartron, F de Coninck & M Gollac (Eds) Organisation et intensité du travail. Paris.
Rubery, J., Burchell, B.J., Deakin, S. and Michie, J. (2003) Productive Systems: Introduction and Overview. in Burchell, B.J., Deakin, S., Michie, J. and Rubery, J. (eds.) Systems of Production: Markets, Organisations and Performance. London: Routledge pp1-9.
Ladipo, D., Mankelow, R. and Burchell, B.J. (2003) Working like a dog, sick as a dog: Job Intensification in the late 20th Century. in Burchell, B.J., Deakin, S., Michie, J. and Rubery, J. (eds.) Systems of Production: Markets, Organisations and Performance. London: Routledge 89-103.
Burchell, B.J. and Ladipo, D. (2002) Introduction. in Burchell, B.J., Ladipo, D. and Wilkinson, F. (eds.) Job Insecurity and Work Intensification. London: Routledge, pp 1-7.
Burchell, B.J. (2002) The prevalence and redistribution of job security and work intensification. in Burchell, B.J., Ladipo, D. and Wilkinson, F. (eds.) Job Insecurity and Work Intensification. London: Routledge, pp61-76.
Burchell, B.J. (2001) Perceiving and Understanding People. in Fraser, C. and Burchell, B.J. (eds.) Introducing Social Psychology. Cambridge: Polity Press, pp216-234.
Burchell, B.J. (2001) Research Methods. in Fraser, C. and Burchell, B.J. (eds.) Introducing Social Psychology. Cambridge: Polity Press, pp383-402.
Burchell, B.J. and Fraser, C. (2001) Social Psychology of Work and Unemployment. in Morgunov, E. (ed.) Handbook of Human Resource Management. Moscow.
Fraser, C. and Burchell, B.J. (2001) The World of Paid Work. in Fraser, C. and Burchell, B.J. (eds.) Introducing Social Psychology. Cambridge: Polity Press, pp317-341.
Burchell, B.J. (1999) Pertaining to the Teaching of an Economic Psychology of Working Lives. in Walker, C. and Webley, P. (eds.) Teaching Handbook in Economic and Consumer Psychology.
Ashton, D., Burchell, B.J., Felstead, A. and Green, F. (1999) Skill trends in Britain: trajectories over the last decade. in Coffield, F. (ed.) Speaking Truth to Power: Research and policy on lifelong learning. Bristol: Polity Press.
Ashton, B., Burchell, B.J., Davies, B., Felstead, A. and Green, F. (1999) Are British Workers Getting More Skilled? in Borghans, L. and Grip, A.d. (eds.) The Over-Educated Worker? The Economics of Skill Utilisation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar pp 77-108.
Nolan, J.P., Wichert, I.C. and Burchell, B.J. (1999) Job insecurity, psychological well-being, work orientation and family life. in Heery, E. (ed.) The Insecure Workforce: Routledge, pp 181-209.
Burchell, B.J., Dale, A. and Joshi, H. (1997) Part-Time Work Among British Women. in Blossfeld, P. and Hakim, C. (eds.) Between equalisation and marginalisation: part-time work in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 210-246.
Burchell, B.J., Horrell, S. and Rubery, J. (1995) Gender and Skill. in Humphries, J. (ed.) Gender and Economics (reprint of Work, Employment and Society 1990 article). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Burchell, B.J., Elliott, B.J., Rubery, J. and Wilkinson, F. (1994) Job content from Managers' and Employees' perspectives. in Penn, R., Rose, M. and Rubery, J. (eds.) Patterns of Skill Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press pp 159-188.
Burchell, B.J., Elliott, B.J. and Rubery, J. (1994) Gender and the structuring of labour markets. in Rubery, J. and Wilkinson, F. (eds.) Employer Strategy and the Labour Market. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 298-325.
Burchell, B.J. and Scott, A.M. (1994) And never the twain shall meet?... Lifetime Gender Segmentation and Work Histories. in Scott, A.M. (ed.) Gender Segregation and Social Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 121-156.
Burchell, B.J., Horrell, S. and Rubery, J. (1994) Working Time Patterns, Constraints and Preferences. in Anderson, M., Bechhofer, F. and Gershuny, J. (eds.) The Social and Political Economy of the Household. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 100-132.
Burchell, B.J. and Rubery, J. (1994) Divided women: Labour Market Segmentation and Gender Segregation. in Scott, A.M. (ed.) Gender Segregation and Social Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press pp 80-120.
Burchell, B.J. (1994) Who is affected by Unemployment? Job insecurity and Labour Market influences on Psychological Health. in Gallie, D., Marsh, C. and Vogler, C. (eds.) Social Change and the experience of Unemployment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 188-212.
Burchell, B.J., Horrell, S. and Rubery, J. (1994) Part-time work and gender inequality in the labour market. in Scott, A.M. (ed.) Gender Segregation and Social Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press pp205-234.
Burchell, B.J. and Rubery, J. (1994) Internal Labour Markets from Managers' and Employees' perspectives. in Rubery, J. and Wilkinson, F. (eds.) Employer Policies and the Labour Market. Oxford: Oxford University Press pp 326-355.
Burchell, B.J. and Rubery, J. (1992) Problems in defining and typol2008g the self-employed: Some evidence from the Social Change and Economic Life Initiative. in Felsted, A. and Leighton, P. (eds.) Self-Employment: Evolution and practice in Europe: Kogan Page, pp 101-122.
Burchell, B.J. (1992) Changes in the Labour Market and the Psychological Health of the Nation. in Michie, J. (ed.) The Economic Legacy, 1979-1992: Academic Press, pp 220-233.
Burchell, B.J. (1989) The social psychological impact of temporary and insecure employment: An economic dream but a psychological nightmare. in T, T. and P, G. (eds.) Homo Oeconomicus: Presumptions and Facts. Warsaw: Polish Academy of Sciences.
Burchell, B.J. (1989) The impact on the individual of the experience of precariousness in the labour market in the UK. In G. Rodgers & J. Rodgers (Eds) Precarious jobs in Labour Market Regulation: The growth of atypical employment in Western Europe IILS, Geneva.
Entry on Job Security in A. Michalos (Ed) The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, pp 3460-3462, Springer Netherlands.
Entries on Cluster analysis, Correlation, Cross Sectional Design Data, Dependent/Independent Variables, Distribution, Factor Analysis, Log Linear Analysis, Multivatiate Analysis, Path Analysis, Quantitative Data Analysis, Regression, Statistics (total 7,500 words). In B. Turner (Ed) The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Book Reviews (since 2005)
Burchell, B.J. Employment Contracts, Psychological Contracts and Employee Well-being, by David Guest, Kerstin Isaksson and Hans de Witte (eds), Work Employment & Society June 2012 26: 545-546 (June).
Burchell, B.J. The Social Costs of Underemployment: Inadequate employment as disguised unemployment by D. Dooley & J Prause. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 16 (4) pp 334-336.
Burchell, B.J. Fragmented Futures: New challenges in working life. by I Watson, J Buchanan, I Campbell and C Briggs. Sydney: The Federation Press, 2003. Work, Employment and Society, 19 (2) pp 437-438.
Plenary Invited Speaker (and similar, selected)
An Exploratory Data Analysis approach to understanding Occupational Gender Segregation Institute of Education, London, February.
The future of Work. Hay Festival, June
Social consequences of employment policies: How flexicurity moderates the relationship between job insecurity and wellbeing. Australia National University, Canberra, April.
New Technologies and the Intensification of Work. Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia. April.
Flexicurity as a moderator of the relationship between job insecurity and psychosocial well-being. Nordic Institute for Occupational Health, Helsinki, September.
Flexicurity and job insecurity in the EU. Renmin University, China, September.
The Social Consequences of Job Insecurity in the European Union Nuffield College, Oxford, March.
A missing link: How does flexicurity affect workers' well-being? International Labour Organisation, Geneva, May
Le travail au-delà du travail. (with M. Gollac), Collége de France / CNRS, Paris, June.
Do active labour market policies reduce the harmful effects of job insecurity? Evidence for flexicurity from the EWCS and ESS. Manchester University, October.
Working Conditions in the European Union: The Gender Perspective, European Foundation, Brussels, December.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Facts and Controversies: Recent Research, challenges for GPs and Patients, and Critical Perspectives. Presentation to the The Primary Care Neurology Society GP's conference, Sheffield, October.
Telework: community-friendly work? Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training. Tokyo November.
The Quality of Part time work in Europe. RMIT Expert Workshop on Quality Part-Time Work Melbourne, July.
Conceptual and Practical approaches to the quality of work: Assessing the difference between full-time and part-time employment. Opening Lecture, XIX National Conference of Labour Economics, Modena. September.
Job Insecurity and Work Intensification. The changing nature of work and family life conference University of Aberdeen, November.