December 2015 Theme 3

Theme 3 - Employee wellbeing and work life quality

Summer and early autumn was busy and active for Theme 3 members.

The preparations for the stream on ‘Work Practices and the Quality of Work’ at the Conference ‘WORK2015 – New Meanings of Work’, hosted by the University of Turku, Finland, from the 19th to the 21st of August 2015, that was chaired by Tommy Isidorsson and Julia Kubisa took much time in June, July and August. The stream organisers asked participants to send their papers beforehand and act as appointed discussants. This solution worked out well and many participants acted as appointed discussants to each other’s presentations. It enriched discussions and was received very positively. All ESRs, the ER, Tommy and Kristina presented their papers at the conference and received interesting feedback. The conference proved also to be an opportunity to meet other researchers on job quality, exchange views and discuss the possibilities of cooperation in an edited volume on job quality.

Theme 3 members used the opportunity of meeting in Turku to discuss further the project of a volume on job quality that is edited by Tommy and Julia and based on the research done within Theme 3. Kristina, Tommy, Pille, Pedro, Laurens and Julia participated in person and Kirsty and Dora gave their input via emails. The idea is to focus on sectoral and workplace level of job quality and to analyse it from the perspective of flexibility.

In September Pedro and Julia presented their papers at the IREC2015 on industrial relations, which was held at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg. It was also an occasion for Theme 3 to meet and update on each other’s activities. Additionally, Pille, Pedro, Julia and Dragos from Theme 1 participated in the ‘Refugee Welcome’ rally in the centre of Gothenburg, along with 10 000 other people.

Currently, Theme 3 members are preparing for the Annual Colloquium and Open Day at the University of Strathclyde in late November 2015. All ESRs are busy with their fieldwork (or have just finished), analysis of research material and writing. Along with ER3 they are still working on the article on job quality titled ‘The quality of jobs: the role of job security and broader institutional context in European comparative case studies’ and meet on Skype on a regular basis.


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