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Ursula Balderson

Research Fellow

Research interests

The relationship between political economy and well-being, political ecology and water justice, corporate power and accountability. 

Personal background

Dr Ursula Balderson is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a broad range of research experience. She completed her PhD in the sociology department at Newcastle University. The project was an in-depth investigation of the intense and ambiguous relationship that developed between a multinational gold mining company and a small community in central Andean Peru whose water resources have been affected by mining activities. Previously Ursula has worked as a researcher on a number of projects including CUPESSE, which looked at the transmission of values and approaches to work between different generations of the same family and the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study, a large quantitative research project that assessed the changes in health and well-being in people over the age of 65. Her current project considers the relationship between paid work and flourishing communities. This will involve conducting interviews with people who have voluntarily reduced their working hours as well as people involved in active labours market programmes (ALMPs). The project hopes to understand of how many hours of paid work are needed to generate the psychosocial benefits that employment is known to provide, as well as how this figure may vary due to individual situations or contexts. 

Contact details

Ursula Balderson
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG