UvA/AIAS

5th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network

International Labour Organization

The Future of Work

The Fifth Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network Organized by International Labour Office (ILO)

In collaboration with:

  • Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CELRL) - University of Melbourne, Australia,
  • School of Social Sciences - Jawaharlal Nehru University, India,
  • Durham Law School (DLS) - University of Durham, UK,
  • Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC) - University of Manchester, UK,
  • Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) - University of Amsterdam, Netherlands,
  • Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) - Brasilia, Brazil,
  • Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation (IAQ) - University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany,
  • Korea Labor Institute (KLI) - Seoul, Korea

International Labour Office
Geneva, Switzerland
3-5 July 2017

www.rdw-conference.org

The world of work is undergoing novel and rapid changes that will endure and potentially intensify. Driven by massive and continuous technological changes and globalization, the world economy has generated prosperity, yet also vast unemployment and underemployment, strikingly among the young; and global economic growth has yet to return to pre-crisis levels. Disparities in the global workforce remain striking and are reflected in trends that include the lower participation rates and wages of women; large numbers who continue to work in extreme poverty, particularly in low-income countries; growing migration for work; and an urgent need to ensure decent care for a rapidly expanding older population. Yet in responding to these challenges, policy-makers confront novel features of working life and governance: the urgent need to secure employment-led paths to economic development; intensifying downward pressures on working conditions and the challenges of establishing floors of minimum social protection and labour conditions; the internationalization of production through Global Value Chains (GVCs); and the sustained presence of informal work, including through new forms of contracting for waged labour.

To respond effectively to these new and lasting challenges, the United Nation’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) has launched a Future of Work Initiative as a global process of reflection on the future of working life. An element of activities to mark the ILO’s centenary in 2019, the Future of Work Initiative is helping to guide the ILO’s efforts towards social justice as the Organization enters its second centenary.

The ILO is inviting the global research community to be involved in this process. The fourth RDW Conference in 2015 identified and examined key dimensions of the future of work. The 2017 Conference will continue to pursue this theme, with a focus on identifying potential policy and regulatory responses. We therefore invite papers that will generate new ideas and policies to help the global community to shape a better future at work.

The papers for RDW2017 are expected to centre on the ILO’s four Centenary Conversations:

  1. work and society;
  2. decent work for all;
  3. the organization of work and production;
  4. the governance of work. 

The overarching aim of the Conference is to provide concrete guidance for the future activities of the ILO. It therefore offer participants the opportunity to influence global policy.

The Conference will be held in the International Labour Office, Geneva, from 3-5 July 2017. Researchers from all regions are welcome and from all pertinent disciplines including economics, law, industrial relations, geography, human resources, and development studies.