Work on Demand Summer Seminar Serie, Updates
2-4 June 2021

Screen shot WOD Summer SeminarOn 2-4 June, the Work on Demand team hosted a series of three online Summer Seminars. Recordings of the seminars are available on request and a selection of the papers will be published as a special issue of the Industrial Law Journal at the end of 2021.

Work on Demand Summer Seminar Series
2-4 June 2021

We are delighted to announce a series of three online seminars to take place on 2, 3 and 4 June, 2021, at 3.30pm-5pm British Summer Time.  Participants include Diamond Ashiagbor, Tonia Novitz, Noah Zatz, Brishen Rogers, Noel Whiteside, Manoj Dias-Abey and members of the WorkOD team. Papers will be given on the following topics: the Legal Constitution of Labour Markets, the Legal Constitution of Working Relations, Platform Work and the Law. A timetable is available here; titles and abstracts here. You can register via eventbrite here.

Work on Demand Online Workshop
2 July 2020

WOK event UoGThe Work on Demand team is delighted to announce an upcoming online workshop on the 2nd of July 2020. The participants at the event will include Diamond Ashiagbor (University of Kent), Emily Rose (University of Strathclyde), Ruth Dukes (University of Glasgow), Gregoris Ioannou (University of Glasgow), Alessio Bertolini (University of Oxford) and Eleanor Kirk (University of Glasgow).

Please find below the presentations’ abstracts, the programme and the instructions to access the workshop online. If you would like to attend please contact Aude Cefaliello (


Many thanks to those of you who attended the Work on Demand online workshop. For those who couldn’t join, for whatever reason, please contact us so we can send you the details to access the recording.

Approaches to Law and Legal Method
Spring 2020, University of Kent


Kent Law School has a rich tradition of researchers working on overlapping questions of law, political economy, social history, governance, development and what may be described as ‘social studies of labour regulation’. This speaker series contributes to that ongoing research, bringing together four highly experienced interdisciplinary scholars of law, to reflect on how legal methods evolve, and what it means to be a scholar undertaking humanities-inflected and social science-influenced legal research. On this occasion, Prof. Ruth Dukes will give a presentation on ‘Socio-Legal Methods in Labour Law: Then and Now’. 

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Normative Lessons of Economic Sociology for Labour Law
20 May 2019, University of Amsterdam

logo CSECLCenter for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) and the Law and Justice Across Borders are proud to announce an upcoming joint presentation by Prof. Ruth Dukes and Prof. Wolfgang Streeck “Normative Lessons of Economic Sociology for Labour Law.” The discussion will start with a paper by Ruth Dukes titled The Economic Sociology of Labour Law. The discussion will continue with a broader commentary by Wolfgang Streeck titled Occupational Communities and the Legal Regulation of Contracts of Work, which will expand on Professor Dukes’ paper and tackle how insights of economic sociology of labor markets, or “contracting for labor”, could contribute to the normative mission of jurisprudence.

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 The launch of the Work on Demand project
18-19 October 2018, University of Glasgow

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On 18-19 October, the Work on Demand (WorkOD) research project was launched at the School of Law, University of Glasgow. It was attended by several renowned scholars from Europe and beyond, including members of the project’s advisory panel: Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Cologne), Karl Klare (Northeastern University), Kerry Rittich (University of Toronto), Simon Deakin (University of Cambridge), Sabine Frerichs (Institute for Sociology and Social Research Vienna), Diamond Ashiagbor (University of Kent), Fred Block (University of California Davis) and Emilios Christodoulidis (University of Glasgow).

On 18 October, as part of the project Launch, Ruth Dukes gave an Inaugural Lecture entitled Critical Labour Law: Then and Now. The lecture can be viewed here.

On 19 October, an opening session was dedicated to the presentation of the overall project by Ruth, followed by the presentation of the three individual sub-projects developed by each of the research associates. Eleanor Kirk’s project will investigate the role of workers’ and HR managers’ legal consciousness in affecting contracting behaviour. Alessio Bertolini aims to analyse policymakers’ and policy stakeholders’ understanding of the policy issue and identification of policy solutions to the regulation of work on demand. Finally, Gregoris Ioannou intends to consider the internalisation of market and neoliberal norms and values by workers involved in jobs on demand.

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In the second part of the event, the advisory panel members provided feedback and suggestions on the project proposals and on a position paper written by Ruth, ‘The Economic Sociology of Labour Law’. The proposals were well received by all members of the panel and the scope of the project was regarded as innovative, while its aims were judged as extremely ambitious and valuable. Several members of the audience provided their positive feedback and contributed to the discussion. Overall the event was characterised by a very friendly and inclusive atmosphere, testified also by the fact that several of the discussions started during the sessions were continued informally over the lunch and coffee breaks. The event was closed by Ruth, thanking all participants for their insightful comments and encouragement, and expressing her hope that they should all meet again in due course to share the developments and findings of the WorkOD project.

Ruth Dukes Lecture – Critical Labour Law: Then and Now

As part of the Launch of the Work on Demand project, Ruth gave this Inaugural Lecture at the University of Glasgow on 18 October, 2018.

 The launch of the Work on Demand project
18-19 October 2018, University of Glasgow

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The launch of the Work on Demand project will be celebrated with a research event on 18 and 19 October, 2018, at the University of Glasgow.
We are delighted to announce that participants at the event will include Diamond Ashiagbor (London), Fred Block (UC Davis), Emilios Christodoulidis (Glasgow), Simon Deakin (Cambridge), Sabine Frerichs (Vienna), Karl Klare (North Eastern), Kerry Rittich (Toronto) and Wolfgang Streeck (Cologne).

Please find below the programme of the 19 October. If you would like to attend please contact the Prof. Ruth Dukes ( or Aude Cefaliello (

Work on Demand Launch Timetable – 19 October 2018

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