Call for Papers: Fifth International Conference on Precarious Work and Vulnerable Workers

June 13 and 14 2016, Middlesex University, London, UK

Organised By ADAPT (Association for International and Comparative Studies in Labour Law and Industrial Relations) and Middlesex University Business School.


The first two of these Conferences took place in London in 2010 and 2012. The third was at Toulouse Business School (2013) and the fourth took place at UNAM in Mexico City (2014).

This conference takes the event back to the place it started with great success.


If anything the world of work has become even more precarious since 2010. The ‘standard’ contract of employment seems to be a contractual relationship that is under siege from new and apparently more flexible ways of working. The numbers of vulnerable workers, whether they be migrant workers, women workers, the disabled, the ‘self-employed’ or those from ethnic minorities show little sign of declining and are mostly increasing. The indications are that these changes in employment relationships are frequently impacting adversely on the working conditions of those concerned, including with regard to  health and safety. There consequently continues to be an urgent  need for serious research and debate about these effects. Hence the decision to organise this fifth conference.


Conference Programme

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Any queries to the Conference Co-ordinator: Malcolm Sargeant at



See you in 2016!


Organising Committee: Prof Phil James (Middlesex  University), Prof Malcolm Sargeant (Middlesex University), Prof Michele Tiraboschi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Prof Felicity Lamm (University Technology) and Dr Francesca Sperotti (ADAPT).