Call for papers: Labour, Work and Climate Change: ILPC Conference Stream

28 September 2015

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The call for papers is now open to participate in the Labour, Work and Climate Change: a Labour Process Perspective stream at the upcoming International Labour Process Conference in Berlin, 4–6 April 2016.


The stream for the 2016 conference builds on the work of academic and practitioner researchers involved in Canada's two large research projects: Work in a Warming World and Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW).

The stream will take up a range of issues including international, sectoral, policy-oriented, conceptual, and activist approaches to the climate change-labour process relationship and on the role of labour unions in greening the labour process itself. As well as scholarly submissions, submissions by labour relations practitioners and labour-oriented independent researchers are welcomed.

Call for papers

Bringing workers and unions and work itself ‘in’ to the struggle to slow global warming entails rethinking the labour process through a green lens, and adapting key steps in the chain of production to mitigate greenhouse gases. It entails reconsidering the legal and policy contexts that hinder or facilitate workplace low-carbon adaptation, bringing labour law and environment law together, and examining work design and current business models for their carbon excesses.

This also entails rediscovering the influential roles that workers, their unions and professional associations can play in adapting and improving the labour process. It means engaging with the transition to a green, low-carbon economy from the perspective of proactive initiatives to promote work-enhancing pathways.

Because climate change is likely to be the most important factor shaping work and union power in this century, more research is needed about the ways in which evolving union responses to climate change may affect not only the labour process, but union goals, alliances, modes of action and strategic creativity.

We invite papers touching on any of these aspects and anticipate a very lively, international, and productive discussion.

Deadline and submissions

Abstracts should be around 500 words and papers must not have been previously published or presented elsewhere.

Abstracts will be externally refereed and their contents should enable the referees to determine what issue, development or problem is being investigated, how it is being investigated, what the findings are and what contribution is being made to knowledge in this field.

Deadline for abstract submission is 17 October 2015. Abstract submission is open on the ILPC 2016 website.

Further information

For questions regarding the submission process or the stream in general, please contact Linda Clarke at [email protected], Nicholas Cole at [email protected] or Dr Caleb Goods at [email protected].

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