CANCELLED: 'The 21st-century crisis of labour: prospects for a sustainable work and employment future'

Series Name Professorial Inaugural Lecture
Speaker Professor Peter Nolan, School of Management
Type Lectures & Talks
When 28 Oct 2014, 05:30PM - 05:30PM
Venue Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
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This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Professor Peter Nolan of the School of Management will give his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 28 October in the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1.

Professor Nolan will examine the material, political and intellectual dimensions of the crisis of labour in the C21 century. He will locate the elements of the crisis historically and then develop a case for a research agenda that interrogates the social and economic consequences of the political and economic weakness of labour within contemporary capitalist society. Taking as his central reference point the changing status of organised forms of labour representation, he will draw on 30 years of research to reconsider the intellectual logic and social consequences of the legal, political and economic attacks on trade unionism in Britain. Did the break-up of the collective institutional arrangements that helped promote the material position of labour in the aftermath of 1945 sow the seeds for the productivity slowdown that inhibited British economic development in the last quarter of the twentieth century? More broadly, the lecture will attempt to re-insert labour into the contemporary analysis of the crisis that engulfed the global economy in the first decade of the twenty first century and highlight the shifting relations between state, capital and labour in the age of austerity. Professor Nolan will conclude with an examination of the possibilities for and obstacles to sustainable work and employment.


Peter Nolan joined the University of Leicester in September 2012. He holds a Research Chair and is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures. Between 1990 and 2012 he held the Montague Burton Chair of Industrial Relations at Leeds. He began his research career in 1980 at the (then SSRC) Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University. Between 1997 and 2004 he was Director of the ESRC Future of Work Programme. He has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Centre at Harvard University, where he conducted research on the history and character of British occupational change. In 2011, he was appointed to lead the `work and productivity’ theme of the European Joint Programme Initiative (JPI), More Years, Better Lives focusing on demographic changes and their social and economic consequences. Peter edited the Palgrave Macmillan research monograph series on the Future of Work, has been a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Industrial Relations (1999-2009), and since 2009 has been Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial Relations Journal. He has published widely on employment relations, labour markets and the nature of occupational change. He is presently leading a Medical Research Council funded project on the dynamics of an ageing workforce in the NHS.

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