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Leeds is the largest city in the largest county on the UK mainland, it is a former imperial textile centre and is now a major UK financial centre. The Working Hours Podcast documents the city’s experiences through CoVid, Brexit, creeping technological unemployment, new and ongoing resource wars, the ongoing removal of the welfare state and the accelerating ecological emergency.

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The Working Hours Podcast – A show about a place called Leeds, a time called now and activity called work.

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Work is Concrete Working Hours

Michal Drewniok recorded on 03/08/2022Michal Drewniok is a Research Fellow in Transforming Foundation Industries at the University of Leeds. His background is in civil engineering and he holds a PhD in concrete technology from Silesian University of Technology in Poland. Prior to his current positions, he worked as a Site Engineer and Concrete and Production Technologist at Precast Concrete Manufacture.In 2015 Michal joined the University of Cambridge as a Research Assistant in Material Efficiency in Construction. Michal was involved in two projects, both centred on making better use of steel in construction. The first explored the barriers to steel reuse, and the second was looking at the role of material efficiency in building conception and design in construction. In March 2018 he joined the Structures Group at the University of Cambridge working on the project Minimising Energy in Construction (MEICON) exploring the practices of structural engineering that lead to structural inefficiencies. In the years 2019-2020, he took on an internship to study the relationship between embodied carbon and different reinforced concrete floor systems and was involved in two projects: post-construction assessment of embodied carbon for Civil Engineering Building in Cambridge and barriers to low carbon concrete technologies in the UK. In 2020, in collaboration with Expedition Engineering, Michal received a Knowledge Transfer Fellowship on “Climate compatible decision making in the construction sector”. In 2021, Michal joined the University of Bath as a Research Associate in Efficient Concrete Structures to explore ways to achieve carbon reduction targets in UK construction.Since January 2018 Michal is a main coordinator of the Resource Efficiency in Construction and the Built Environment, forum for academics, architects, designers, engineers, contractors and policy makers who would like to explore ideas around how the built environment can deliver future energy and material services, while at the same time reducing resource use and environmental impact. In 2021 Michal joined the Low Carbon Concrete Group that in 2022 developed the Low Carbon Concrete Routemap
  1. Work is Concrete
  2. Work is Hard
  3. Work is Ending
  4. Work is Education
  5. Work is a Dance

Working Hours is an original and unique Leeds podcast. Working Hours surveys the residents of Leeds on their thoughts and feelings on the topic of work.

The purpose of the project is to create a depository of knowledge about labour and employment in one place and across this pivotal decade in the human story. The goal is to record an hour of experience and opinion on this topic from one thousand people in the city of Leeds.

The conversation allows for guests to think and reflect on their work in new ways, if you’d like to take part get in touch.


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I want to record one thousand Loiners* for this podcast so I am always on the lookout for new guests. All you’d have to do is talk to me for an hour or so about your working experiences and your thoughts and feelings about work and working.

Is it scary? Is it safe?

It’s not scary, you know all the answers so there’s no hard questions. I want to make sure you feel comfortable in and with your interview, so you can be anonymous or give your name. You can big up your company or put down your job.
I work with you on your episode so that I know that that you are happy for our interview to be published as an episode.

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*Loiners, for the purposes of Working Hours, are anyone living in an LS postcode or working in LS postcode or anyone originally from an LS postcode now living and working anywhere else.

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Still not talking, huh?

Okay, so you don’t feel confident or comfortable being recorded, listening to your own voice or being heard by your boss or employer? I get that. But, if this is you and you’re still reading then perhaps you might be interested in taking part in a Working Hours survey?

You need to be Leeds based or Leeds born to take part and the information will help to inform the show and the overall project. The survey can be found here.

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“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

― Studs Terkel

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