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.
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).
Plenary Panel Speakers
Dr Katie Hepworth is the Director of Workers’ Rights for the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibilities (ACCR), engaging Australian listed companies’ performance on workers' rights. She has a background in the Australian and international trade union movement, working across campaign, policy and research roles.
Her interests include labour migration and workers’ rights in global supply chains. Katie holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her book At the Edges of Citizenship: Security and the Constitution of Non-citizen Subjects was published by Ashgate in 2013.
Rosemary Owens, AO is Professor Emerita at The University of Adelaide and was formerly Dame Roma Mitchell Chair of Law (2008-2015) and Dean of Law (2007-2011). She was appointed to the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (the CEACR) of the International Labour Organization in 2010.
In 2014, she was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to law, to international and national labour law and relations, and to women. Professor Owens’ research has focused on workplace law, especially its impacts on women and other marginalized groups.
Her books include The Law of Work (OUP, 2007 and 2011, with Joellen Riley and Jill Murray), and most recently Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era: The Regulatory Challenges (Hart, 2016) (edited with Joanna Howe). Currently she is the lead investigator (with chief investigators: Prof Andrew Stewart, Assoc Prof Anne Hewitt and Dr Joanna Howe) on an ARC Discovery Project, ‘Regulating Post-secondary Work Experience: Labour Law at the Intersection of Work and Education’. Professor Owens is also a member of a number of editorial boards.
- 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