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Interdisciplinary Research Centre


Dr Brendan Burchell's first degree was in Psychology from Birmingham University from 1977-80. From there he went to Warwick University to take a PhD in Social Psychology, researching person perception under laboratory conditions. He then took a one-year post at The City University teaching social psychology, statistics and computing. His career took a change of direction when, in 1985, he was appointed to the Department of Applied Economics at Cambridge as a Research Officer to assist in a project entitled the Social Change and Economic Life Initiative, working collaboratively with economists, social psychologists and sociologists on a variety of aspects of labour markets and their effects on individuals. In 1988 Dr Burchell transferred from the Department of Applied Economics to take a Lectureship in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (now PPSIS), specialising in the teaching of data analysis.

Recent projects and publications have included: the psychological consequences of unemployment, redundancy, work intensification and job insecurity; predictors and correlates of the transition into self-employment; managers' and employees' different perspectives on jobs, skills and opportunities; part-time work and gender differences in working conditions and careers; pay satisfaction; telework; geographically distributed work teams; new statistical methods for analysing work histories.


The effects of labour market experiences (e.g. job insecurity, work intensification, bankruptcy, unemployment) on psychological well-being. The social psychological effects of precarious employment and unemployment.

Analysis of complex work and life histories data.

Gender segregation, men’s and women’s life cycle and career.

Emotional reactions to personal finances: “Financial Phobia”.

Member of the Sociological Research Group

Professor in the Social Sciences
Dr. Brendan  Burchell
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