Abbie Winton

BSc, MRes

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 most recent project before joining IES 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. Abbie is close to completing a PhD exploring this topic, but she has also recently 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 has used qualitative research skills to explore employment issues, drawing primarily on semi-structured interviews, focus groups and in-depth documentary analysis to do so. In addition to this, she has drawn on national quantitative data sets to inform her research design and questions. 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.


TBC 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