I’m Craig Gent and I’m an Early Career Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, but I am generally found at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies where I conducted by PhD research between 2014 and 2018.
I’ve been a UCU member since I became a postgraduate, and at Warwick I’ve been involved with the committee (2015-16), the campaign against Teach Higher and casualisation (as an hourly-paid tutor), and both the 2016 and 2018 strikes. I’m also the department contact for CIM and I’ve been one of Warwick UCU’s delegates to our annual Congress/HE Sector Conference on three occasions (with a fourth due in 2019).
My research is all about labour relations in digitally-managed workplaces, but my commitment to trade unionism started at a young age – my first union being the Musicians’ Union, which I joined when I was about 15. I grew up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, which was at the heart of the 1984/5 miners’ strike, so maybe there was something in the water.
Outside of my academic life I am the Operations & Finance Officer for Novara Media, an independent left-leaning multimedia outlet. I hope to bring my experience from that role to my position as Treasurer now that I have been elected to the Warwick UCU committee for 2019.