Family Rituals 2.0 is a multidisciplinary project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and seeks to understand how work-related travel affects participation in family and home life. It is particularly interested in how ‘mobile workers’ keep in touch with family while work takes them apart, and the role technologies play in sustaining such communications.
The research team at Bournemouth University – Professor Adele Ladkin and Dr Marina Marouda – successfully completed the first stage of this research that involved talking to a range of employers to obtain organisational views on mobility and work-life balance. The organisations came from diverse sectors, including tourism and hospitality, transport, logistics/haulage, media and NGOs.
The second stage of the study will acquire the views of people who travel for work. The research team are conducting interviews with mobile workers to learn about their experiences of working away and how they use communication technologies to keep in contact with family during periods of absence.
Interested to take part?
The research team would like to interview people in all types of jobs that involve travel, whatever their occupation – from engineers to lorry drivers, aircrew to corporate CEO’s. Research participants are offered up to £50 in Love2Shop vouchers as a thank you for their time and help.
For more information please visit the website http://familyrituals2-0.org.uk/
If you wish to take part please contact Dr Marina Marouda at firstname.lastname@example.org