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Future of Work Workshop: Call for Papers

Our Future of Work Workshop will be held on February 13-14, 2020 at Curtin University St Georges Terrace in Perth. The workshop is organised by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) in partnership with the Future of Work Institute (FoWI) at Curtin University.

Recent years have seen dramatic changes in the organisation of work with a more diverse mix of how people work across the economy as well as within individuals’ lifetimes. Alternative forms of employment, facilitated by online platforms and other technological advances, are growing; at the same time, there is a concern that work is becoming more precarious, with contract and part-time work on the rise, accompanied by low wage growth in many sectors.

As adoption of new technologies take over some of the tasks previously performed by labour, there is also increasing concern about the future of jobs.  There is need for new insights to better understand the ways in which the organisation of work is changing, the impacts of automation on future employment prospects and the welfare implications of these changes. The workshop aims to help fill this gap.

The workshop will provide researchers with a forum for presenting and discussing innovative research relevant to the theme of future of work in all areas of economics, industrial relations and organizational studies. We particularly welcome empirical contributions that can inform policy-relevant questions.


Researchers interested in participating in the workshop should submit an extended abstract (min. 1000 words) or a full paper by email to Astghik Mavisakalyan by November 3, 2019. Notifications will be sent by November 11, 2019.

Practical information:

The workshop is organized by Rebecca Cassells (BCEC), Mike Dockery (BCEC), Alan Duncan (BCEC), Mark Griffin (FOWI), Astghik Mavisakalyan (BCEC) and Zitong Sheng (FoWI).

Authors who are invited to present their papers are expected to participate in the entire two day workshop. Practical information will be emailed in due course.  Meanwhile, inquiries related to travel to the workshop and other practical matters should be addressed to Kelly Pohatu.

Contacts: Astghik Mavisakalyan, Principal Research Fellow Kelly Pohatu, Events and Communications Coordinator


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