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Identifying and Managing Risk at Work
Emerging Issues in the Context of Globalisation

Edited By

Chris L. Peterson

ISBN 9780367757908
Published November 26, 2021 by Routledge
248 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With a focus on five major regions globally (UK, US, Europe, Canada, and Australia) Identifying and Managing Risk at Work outlines key regional factors affecting risk and its management.

This volume looks at the social production and social construction of risk as well as taking a labour-process approach and socio-political perspective to investigate the nature and causes of work-related risk. In addition, there are several issues included that contribute to identifying risk at work such as climate change, the "gig" economy and the "Me Too" movement. Readers will gain a picture of some of the major current issues that are affecting risk under globalisation.

Drawing on these key aspects of risk, students, academics, practitioners, and policy-makers will gain a better understanding of how risk is conceptualised and identified, and of the roles of management and employees in dealing with risk. This book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners to help gain an understanding of risk for a number of regions, and how several current issues in globalisation can be seen in their risk context.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. Introduction: Globalisation and risk at work

Chris L Peterson

Part II: Regional developments

2. Brexit Risk for UK Manufacturing

Claire MacRae, Alex de Ruyter, Julie Roberts, Jon McNeill, and David Bailey

3. The United States, globalisation, and health and safety

Edward A Emmett and Philip G. Lewis

4. Globalisation and safety-critical systems in Europe

Jean-Christophe Le Coze

5. Health and Safety protections for the mobile workforce in a pandemic: COVID-19, globalisation, and mobilities

Barbara Neis, ,Lesley Butler, Desai Shan, and Katherine Lippel

6. Precarious work and globalisation in Australia: Growth, risks, and future(s)

Dale Tweedie and Sharni Chan

Part III: Emerging issues

7. Climate change and risk to workers: Piecing together the puzzle

Christine Walker

8. Employment, work, and industrial revolutions: A Faustian deal

Peter Holland, Chris Brewster, and Nadia Kougiannou

9. Globalisation, automation, and the disruption of local labour markets

Srikant Devaraj, Dagney Faulk, Michael Hicks, and Emily Wornell

10. The exploitation of migrant workers

Abul Rizvi

11. Work, risk, and academic labour: Guildism, managerialism, and the neoliberal university

Darryl S. L. Jarvis

12. The "Me Too" movement, gender, and risk

Natalie Araujo and Chris L Peterson

13. Globalisation and risk in health

Chris L Peterson

Part IV: Summary

14. Conclusion: Globalisation, risk, and socio-political contexts

Chris L Peterson

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Chris L. Peterson PhD is an honorary in the Department of Social Inquiry, College of Arts, Social Science and Commerce, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia. He specialises in the areas of work-related stress and chronic disease and has published extensively in these areas, including several books. He primarily undertakes quantitative research, but also researches qualitatively. He has been chief investigator or co-investigator in a number of large grants.


"Despite current debates about the ‘globalisation backlash’ and ‘de-globalisation’ this edited collection presents a timely reminder, if one is required, of how global forces profoundly impact upon everyday life. Combining in one volume, regional and thematic studies this impressive and fascinating collection explores how global connectivity is transforming not just work organisation but also risk at work. Drawing upon social and labour process theories of risk it explores key issues from precarious work through automation to climate change and COVID-19 analysing how these dynamics are fundamentally reshaping both the nature, and our understanding, of risk, including its management. A compelling, insightful, and reflective collection which illuminates why and how globalisation still matters."

Professor Tony McGrew, Distinguished Professor of Global Public Policy, Shanghai University, Shanghai

"The context of risk in our society is explored in this book from an international team of authors who have provided an excellent insight into the changing global situation. The impacts of contemporary risks such as COVID-19 on how we live and work is still unfolding. Research on the globalisation impacts on risk in industry outlines many local and international trends. Areas such as the emergence of the gig economy and the changes to work resulting from the digital revolution on skills and technology are examples where new emerging risks. The longer-term risks from climate change and the growing gap of economic and political power between the developed and developing parts of the world provide risks that require new ways of thinking. I commend this book to those who are interested in a big picture understanding of global changes and how risks are being constantly redefined along with these changes."

Professor David C Caple AM, Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University; Past President of the International Ergonomics Association

"A timely and thought-provoking collection exploring contemporary work at the nexus of globalisation and shifting risk landscapes. The wide range of contributions spanning diverse geographies and types of work and risk creates fruitful opportunities for novel connections and insight."

Professor Sylvia Fuller, Professor in Sociology, The University of British Columbia, Canada