August 2015 Theme 3

Theme 3 - Employee wellbeing and work life quality

Spring was very active for Theme 3. Pille, Pedro, Laurens and Julia met in Amsterdam to work on the Theme 3 paper titled ‘The quality of jobs: the role of job security and broader institutional context in European comparative case studies’ for CRIMT conference. The paper is based on the research conducted by all ESRs in Theme 3 under common framework of job quality. The Amsterdam meeting was also an opportunity for Julia, the new ER3, to get to know better each of the research projects in Theme 3. The works on the paper continued during the meeting in Athens and during several Skype meetings. Finally, Pedro successfully presented the paper at CRIMT conference in Montreal and was very well received. Currently all ESRs and ER3 are improving the paper in order to publish it in the Research Papers Series.

Theme 3 is currently very actively preparing for the Conference WORK2015 – New Meanings of Work, which will be hosted by the University of Turku, Finland, in 19-21 August 2015. Julia and Tommy Isidorsson will be chairing a session ‘Work Practices and the Quality of Work’ and will use the opportunity to discuss the project of edited volume on job quality with the participants of the stream. All 3 ESRs and ER3 of Theme 3 will present their papers at the stream.

Pille has presented her research on temporary agency workers in Poland and Sweden at the International Labour Process Conference in Athens and received very interesting comments. Pedro and Julia have submitted abstracts and were accepted for the IREC 2015 conference at the University of Gothenburg that will take place in September 2015

Apart from that, Pille, Pedro and Laurens spent most of the time in Spring on preparing their research tools, conducting fieldwork and analysing data, while Julia prepared two publications and presented the drafts at IMISCOE conference in Geneva and at workshop organized by editors of special issue of Transfer Journal at ETUI. She has also presented her PhD research at Osteuropa Institute at Freie Universitat in Berlin, which is a clear sign that even couple of years after the defence of PhD there is still something to talk about!

Spring was also an opportunity for various meetings in the network, especially for ER3. Julia travelled to Glasgow to meet Paul, Claire, Dora and Olena, and had opportunity to meet Kirsty in Sheffield, which gave her an insight to Network activities and enabled better integration with Theme 3. ER3 participated in the Supervisory Board Meeting in Budapest in March, which was a nice occasion to meet with ER1 and ER3. In the beginning of July Julia met with Sara from Theme 1 in Brussels during workshop at ETUI. They had a chance to talk about Theme 1 plans and activities and share experiences.


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