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What precariousness means for health ?
A Franco-British Comparative Day Workshop

Friday, 19 septembre 2017, London Metropolitan University

Organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH) of the London Metropolitan University and Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris - Cultures et sociétés urbaines (CRESPPA-CSU).


The extensive deregulation of labour markets has made living conditions much more precarious across Europe. Over the last thirty years our societies have experienced both higher levels of unemployment and greater numbers of the working poor. Incomes have generally been squeezed. Whole regions have been devastated through industrial restructuring.

These developments have had significant repercussions on public health. A major one clearly has been through increasing health inequalities.

Economic restructuring makes a big contribution to this trend by taking many of those affected by redundancies into poverty, and by its impact on mental health. Health inequalities are also gendered and ethnicised. Women, migrants and ethnic minorities are the first hit in a period of crisis. Finally, in a context where productivity and efficiency have become key themes at work, the capacity of organisations to integrate workers with health problems is becoming an ever sharper question.

This day workshop, chaired by Sylvie Contrepois, will consider these issues through a range of papers based on research on the Western European situations.


9.30 – 9.45am : Opening by John Gabriel, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

9.45 – 10.30am : Primary care in deprived area

Laure Pitti : Primary care medicine in a French working class area, trends and professional trajectories

10.45am – 12.30pm : Economic restructuring and health

Cédric Lomba : Occupational accidents in Belgian industry in restructuring contexts
Jenny Newton : Secure employment protects mental health : Research from the industrialised west

1:30 – 3.00pm : Women, migrants and ethnic minorities : populations at risk

Liz Kelly : Rebuilding lives after domestic violence : the economic and health costs to women and children in the age of austerity
Chiarra Quagliariello : Migrant women giving birth, social inequalities challenging health democracy

3.15 – 4.45pm : Where do cancer survivors fit within ’productive’ organisations ?

Diane Dowling : The Impact of breast cancer on women at work in UK
Marie Ménoret : Cancer survivors invisibility in France

MAJ: 18 juin 2022