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Daiga Kamerade

Research Associate

Daiga is a Research Associate at the CBR and a Reader in Work and Wellbeing and the Lead for Connected Lives Diverse Realities Research Group at the University of Salford. She was awarded a MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge for her studies on how working conditions affects workers’ engagement in civic and political activities. Daiga is a work and employment researcher who combines sociological and psychological perspectives. Her research focuses on work, employment, well-being and civic participation and covers many European countries. She has an expertise in quantitative research methods and has been involved in data collection and analysis consultancy work for numerous private and public sector organisations.

Daiga’s current research project, conducted in collaboration with colleagues from CBR, examines what is the minimum number of working hours needed in order to gain mental wellbeing benefits from paid work and at what number of working hours the mental health benefits of work are at their highest. 


The Employment Dosage: How Much Work is Needed for Health and Wellbeing?

Selected publications

Wang, S., Kamerāde, D., Burchell, B., Coutts, A., & Balderson, S. U. (2022). What matters more for employees’ mental health: job quality or job quantity? Cambridge Journal of Economics, 46(2), 251-274.

Wang, S., Kamerāde, D., Bessa, I., Burchell, B., Gifford, J., Green, M., & Rubery, J. (2022). “The impact of reduced working hours and furlough policies on workers’ mental health at the onset of COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal study”Journal of Social Policy, 1-25.

Balderson, U., Burchell, B., Kamerāde, D., Coutts, A., & Wang, S. (2022). “Just the freedom to get good at things and stuff like that”: Why spending less time at work would be good for individual, social and environmental wellbeing”Futures, 143, 103035.

Wang, S., Coutts, A., Burchell, B., Kamerāde, D., & Balderson, U. (2020). “Can Active Labour Market Programmes emulate the mental health benefits of regular paid employment? Longitudinal evidence from the United Kingdom”Work, Employment and Society.

Balderson, U., Burchell, B., Kamerāde, D., & Wang, S., Coutts, A. (2020). “An exploration of the multiple motivations for spending less time at work”Time and Society.

Burchell, B., Wang, S., Kamerāde, D., Bessa, I., & Rubery, J. (2020). “Cut hours, not people: no work, furlough, short hours and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK”. Retrieved from Centre for Business Research Working Paper No.521, University of Cambridge

Kamerāde, D., Wang, S., Burchell, B., Balderson, S. U., & Coutts, A. (2019), “A shorter working week for everyone: How much paid work is needed for mental health and well-being? Social Science & Medicine.

Connelly, L., Kamerāde, D., Saunders, T. (2018), “Violent and non-violent crimes against sex workers: The influence of the sex market on reporting practices“, Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Kamerāde, D., & Richardson, H. (2018), “Gender segregation, underemployment and subjective well-being in the UK labour market“, Human Relations, 71(2), 285-309.

Kamerāde, D., Bennett, M. (2018), “Rewarding work: cross-national differences in benefits, volunteering during unemployment, well-being and mental health“. Work, Employment and Society, 32(1), 38-56.

Contact details

Room L520 Allerton
Frederick Road
Manchester M6 6PU

View Daiga’s full profile on the University of Salford website