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Ruth Yeoman holds a BSc in Physics from Imperial College, an MBA from the London Business School and an MA in Politics of Democracy from Royal Holloway. Her PhD is on 'Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy'. The thesis evaluates the concept of meaningful work, and argues for the importance of meaningful work for all as a societal goal. Ruth’s general research interests include the philosophy and political theory of work; political economy, governance and good work; criticial social theory; and feminist economics.
Ruth presented papers to academic conferences, including: ‘Structuring Meaningful Work as a Fundamental Human Need’ to Political Theory Workshops, 2007, Manchester University, and Work, Ethics and Emancipation Symposium, Queens University, Belfast; ‘Justice in Work: Towards Institutional Guarantees for Meaningful Work’, Political Theory Workshops, 2009. Joint editor, with Jonathan Seglow, of a special edition of the journal, Renewal: ‘Recognition, Work and the Market’. During her PhD, she served on the Liberal Democrat policy working group on 'Mutualisation, Employee Ownership and Workplace Democracy', undertook research for the Employee Ownership Association, and presented evidence to the APPG on Employee Ownership.
At present, Ruth is running Oxford University's Centre for Mutuals and Employee-Owned Business at Kellogg College.