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AIRAANZ Conference 2019 – Global Work, Quality Work

Date: 12 Feb 2019-14 Feb 2019
Time: 09:00 am-05:00 pm
Venue: Storey Hall, Building 16, RMIT City Campus
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The 33rd annual conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) will be hosted by the School of Management at RMIT University, Melbourne.

The conference theme is Global Work, Quality Work? This theme invites us to consider the dilemmas arising from growing disparities in the quality of jobs and from fragmentation of employment, especially in the context of the rapidly changing landscape of global capitalism, labour regulation, labour migration and labour movements.

The contributions of industrial relations scholarship and practice to understanding and responding to the challenges of growing inequalities in employment, pressures on job quality and poor labour market outcomes for diverse groups of workers will set the direction for the conference. Papers that engage with innovative responses to the challenges and issues of regulation, labour organisation and labour movements are of particular interest.

Along with contributions that address the conference themes a wide range of papers are invited, drawing on industrial relations, human resources, sociology of work and labour rights scholarship and from local, regional and global perspectives.

Keynote speakers

Manuela Tomei is Director of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department, International Labour Office. She has held various ILO posts and was lead coordinator of preparatory work for the adoption of the first international labour standards on decent work for domestic workers.

She is presently leading preparatory work for new international labour standards on violence and harassment at work. She is spearheading the ILO’s Equal Pay International Campaign, co-launched with UN Women and OECD in September 2017.

She authored the first two Global Reports on discrimination at work and has written and provided policy advice on matters including gender, poverty and work, informal and non-standard forms of employment, and wages and the gender pay gap.

Lisa Adkins is Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (2015-19). She is a sociologist whose contributions to the discipline lie in the areas of economic sociology, social theory and feminist theory.

Recent publications include The Time of Money (2018), The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency (with Maryanne Dever, 2016) and Measure and Value (with Celia Lury, 2012). She is joint Editor-in-Chief of Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). 

Key dates

  •  Full Paper Submissions – Extended to 18 September 2018.
  • Abstract submissions close: 28 September 2018
  • Acceptance notification: 5 November 2018
  • Early bird registrations close: 7 December 2018
  • Conference 12-14 February 2019