Inaugural Conference

College Court PortraitThe inaugural conference for The Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures took place at College Court, Leicester on Tuesday 29 April 2014.


There is a compelling warrant for a fresh look at the changing world of work. Established analytical and policy frameworks have been challenged by the scale and scope of the economic crisis, by demographic shifts, and by new business models and patterns of employment. The expansion of managerial and professional occupations has been accompanied by a proliferation of low paid work but limited growth in the middle-ranking jobs that had been a salient feature of capitalism in the twentieth century. The evidence points to far reaching changes in the international division of labour, in work organisations, and in employment relations, but as yet we have limited understanding of the longer-term significance of these developments.

Read the University press release for the conference here

The Centre

The Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures, established in 2013 with substantial new investment in research posts and academic capacity in the College of Social Science, aims to shape and improve policy analysis and inform practice by bringing together a team of networked researchers to advance knowledge and understanding of work and employment futures. Professor Peter Nolan, who led the Economic and Social Research Council’s Future of Work Programme, is the Centre’s inaugural Director.

The Keynote Speakers:

Professor Peter Nolan, ‘A Research Agenda for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures’

Professor Eileen Appelbaum, ‘Work Futures in the United States’

Professor Ian Clark, ‘Financialisation and the Future of Employment Relations’

Professor Stephen Wood, ‘Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession’

Professor Melanie Simms, ‘Explaining Employer Engagement with Youth Employment Initiatives’

Professor William Brown, ‘Employment Relations in China: Individualism and Collectivism’

Mark Beatson, ‘A CIPD Perspective on the Future of Work’

David Coats, ‘The Policy Agenda for Work and Employment Futures’

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