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Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Adolescent and Youth Employment, Skills Development in Work, Child Employment Policy and Practice, Regulation of Children’s Work, Quality of Work, Investigation of Individual Perception and Experience(s), Adolescent Development and Transitions, Children in Entertainment.
  • Observation, Interview, Event Recording, Content Analysis, Reliability.

Current research activities

Currently Writing:

  • Young People at Work: Understanding what they do (Working Title: Academic paper, Education & Training).
  • View from the Young: Perceptions of ‘Decent Work’ (Working Title: Academic paper, TBC).


Currently Researching:

  • Child Employment Legislation in Scotland: Local Authority Policy & Practice.


Just finished:

Simpson, A., McKechnie, J. & Hobbs (2018). Learning in work: perceptions from working teenagers. Journal of Education and Work [online] DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2018.1479840

McKechnie, J., Hobbs, S. Littler, E. & Simpson, A. (2017) Finding a better way of protecting young workers. Youth & Policy. 116, 167-180.

Hobbs, S., McKechnie, J., & Simpson, A. (2016). The economic exploitation of child workers in the United Kingdom. Childhood, 24(1), 36-50.  DOI: 10.1177/0907568216648665.

Hobbs, S., McKechnie, J., & Simpson, A. (2016). The Risks Faced by Adolescent Workers in the United Kingdom. Young, 24(1), 53-65.  DOI: 10.1177/1103308815613685.

Simpson, A., Moffett, J., and Allan, G. (2016).  What Scotland’s future workforce think about ‘Decent Work’.  Decent Work in Scotland: Thematic Report 1.  UWS-Oxfam Partnership.  Paisley: University of the West of Scotland.

McKechnie, J., Hobbs, S., and Simpson, A. (2016, 31 May – 3 June). Living in Two Worlds: school students and the work-education relationship. Paper Presented at the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE) Conference, Glasgow, Scotland.

McKechnie, J., Hobbs, S., and Simpson, A. (2016, 22-24 June). Action and inaction regarding child employment in Britain: payment and policy. Paper Presented at the Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action, Agency and Participation Conference, Liverpool, England.

Desired research direction

Future funded projects:

  • The Impact of Policy and Practice on Child Performers in England (application submitted to BA/ Leverhume, 2016).

Areas of interest for development:

  • The development of social skills in/via work.
  • Investigation of adult workers in Retail and Catering industries: observation of work activities/development of observation schedule for examination of activity in work.
  • Perceptions of decent work/work quality.
  • The social/psychological impact of participation in community archaeology/regeneration projects.

Target collaborative organisations

Workers Unions, Youth organisations, Youth Employment and Entertainment Organisations, Secondary schools, Primary schools, Careers and Employability organisations, Local Authorities, Government and Government Agencies, Children and Young People’s Commissioners, Fair Work Convention, International Labour Organisation, NGO’s, Third Sector Organisations, Charities, Businesses.

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Research Output

Learning in work: perceptions from working teenagers

Simpson, A., McKechnie, J. & Hobbs, S., 5 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Education and Work. 31, 4, p. 433-446 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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  • Finding a better way of protecting young workers

    McKechnie, J., Hobbs, S., Littler, E. & Simpson, A., 1 May 2017, In : Youth & Policy. 116

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The economic exploitation of child workers in the United Kingdom

    McKechnie, J., Hobbs, S. & Simpson, A., 1 Feb 2017, In : Childhood. 24, 1, p. 36-50

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Universitat de València

    Amanda Simpson (Visiting researcher)

    17 Apr 201820 Apr 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Are child workers in Britain exploited?

    Amanda Simpson (Speaker)

    7 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Tomorrow's workers are full of hope

    Amanda Simpson, Janet Moffett & Graham Allan


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research