Abbie Winton

BSc, MRes, PhD

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Research Fellow

Abbie joined IES as a Research Fellow in January 2022. Her main interests include issues related to inequalities, the future of work, sociotechnical change and job quality. Abbie’s doctoral thesis explored employment change in the food retail sector and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. This project aimed to demonstrate how existing social structures shape the nature of work and how this could have implications for the future of work and equalities within the sector. Before joining IES, Abbie also gained experience working on a project commissioned by the International Labour Organisation which explored pay bargaining throughout the pandemic within feminised ‘key worker’ sectors across the globe.  

During her PhD at the University of Manchester, Abbie used qualitative research skills to explore employment issues, drawing primarily on semi-structured interviews, focus groups and in-depth documentary analysis to do so. Abbie also has experience in writing policy briefings and disseminating her research across a variety of stakeholders, including at academic conferences, international policy events, seminars and workshops with local government bodies. Since joining IES, Abbie has worked on a range of projects which have looked at issues such as the gender pensions gap, getting over 50s back into employment, health and wellbeing in the primary care sector and careers in the construction sector.


2022 University of Manchester PhD, Business & Management
2018 University of Manchester MRes, Management
2017 University of Manchester BSc, Management with International Studies


2017-2021 University of Manchester Research Assistant - Graduate Teaching Assistant