The Work Futures Research Centre (WFRC) was founded in 2008 as one of the University of Southampton’s Strategic Research Groups to provide an interdisciplinary hub for a wide range of work-related research.

By bringing together research strengths across a wealth of diverse activities and interests, the WFRC offers a focal point for organisations looking for research expertise to investigate the issues that matter to them. It is also providing a forum for specialists from across the University to work together in innovative ways to develop research proposals and insights into contemporary and emerging themes across the field.  Our research expertise is drawn from disciplines ranging from social science, Webscience, health, education and business. We have published widely on a range of cutting edge contemporary issues from gender equality  to the new dynamics of work, from adult apprenticeships to work life balance.
The work futures research centre is coordinated by 4 directors and a steering group of researchers from across a range of departments.  In addition our website has a large membership/subscribers from across the university and beyond interested in hearing about our reach and events and contributing to our debates.
The WFRC aims to bring together cross disciplinary expertise for consultancy and as part of academic bids, to facilitate cross discipline research collaboration and innovation and to disseminate our cutting edge research, influence policy and practice though seminars, briefings and events and showcase cutting edge research on work and its futures.

The history of WFRC

The Work Futures Research Centre was founded in 2008 and in 2010 gained status as a University of Southampton Strategic Research Group. It has coordinated University of Southampton’s globally recognized research expertise on all aspects of work and work futures and provided research, consultancy and analysis and policy recommendations to government, business and civil society. The WFRC has hosted seminars at the House of Commons, provided expert speakers for Policy Commissions and International and national symposia, and conducted bespoke research and systematic reviews for the UK’s Funding Bodies.