March 2015 Theme 3

Theme 3 - Employee wellbeing and work life quality
For theme 3, the year 2015 has begun with a new member – Experiences Researcher (ER3) Julia Kubisa, based at the University of Gothenburg - and with new challenges for the three Theme 2 ESRs Pedro, Pille and Laurens.

Following decisions in Wroclaw’s annual networking meeting for Theme 3 to meet regularly, the team organized a Skype conference in February and will meet in Amsterdam in March 2015 in order to work together on their joint paper for the CRIMT conference, and in Athens in April 2015 before the LPC conference, to continue work on the paper and discuss further developments in each research project, so that everyone becomes more familiar with each other’s projects. There is a lot to discuss since all ESRs are currently in the research field. Pille is starting her survey on working conditions and feelings at work on the sample of permanent employees and temporary agency workers in Poland. Pedro started individual interviews and focus groups in Scottish Spirits Industry. Laurens produced a questionnaire in three languages for research to be conducted in France, Belgium and UK. All three ESRs started have received training on the use of NVivo and on project management in Malta in March.

Pedro, Pille and Laurens have produced a common abstract based on their research on the role of job security and broader institutional context in European comparative case study and were accepted at the CRIMT international conference on institutional change and experimentation for shaping the future of work and employment. This conference will take place at HEC Montréal (Montreal, Canada) from 21 – 23 May 2015. http://www.crimt.org/CRIMT2015CONFERENCE.html

Theme 3 also organizes the stream ‘Work Practices and the Quality of Work’, at the Conference WORK2015 – New Meanings of Work, which will be hosted by the University of Turku, Finland, in 19-21 August 2015. Tommy Isidorsson and Julia Kubisa, who will be chairing the stream, have received 20 abstracts. In total 380 abstracts were submitted to the WORK 2015 conference. The stream will be used as a basis for volume on work quality and flexicurity edited by ER3 Julia Kubisa.
http://www.utu.fi/en/units/tcls/sites/work2015/Pages/home.aspx

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