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Studying the shifting boundaries of artisanal work and occupations: Research guide

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Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP)

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Meyer, Tamlynne; Wildschut, Angelique





The research guide provides a conceptual frame and research instruments to assist skills and strategic planners in their task from a specific research method and design perspective. Specifically, the guide provides practical guidelines and tools to collect data to understand artisanal work change, but the approach differs from the supply and demand estimation approaches conventionally used to assess the change in demand for skills that arise from work change. We encourage a more nuanced assessment of the sociological and contextual factors informing the nature of demand and supply in specified industry sectors. The reasoning for which is explained briefly, before a consideration of the types of insights that is possible through the use of such an approach. The theme of work from which this research guide derives, focuses on understanding issues of skills supply and demand, particularly in relation to artisanal work. It argues that a more sociologically informed approach to understanding changes to the nature of work is required in order for us to better understand demand and supply. There are three projects under this theme, all investigating change to the nature of artisanal training and employment: 1) from a historical political economy perspective, 2) in terms of occupational scopes of 2 practice and identities, and 3) the relation between intermediate level knowledge and work. This guide is based on the methodology and approach used for the second dimension.

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