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Gregoris Ioannou will give a paper at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, to be held in Manchester, 20-23 August 2019.  His paper is entitled, “Ideologies Within New Employment Forms: Precariously Employed Youth From The UK And Greece” and will be presented in the stream “The Gig Economy: Bright and Dark Sides of the Future Labour Market”.


In this blog post published by the British Association of Comparative Law, Ruth Dukes considers the labour constitution as a tool of comparative analysis.

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Eleanor Kirk is delighted to be among the nominees for the Sage 2019 Prize for innovation and excellence, for a paper she wrote that was published in the journal, Work, Employment and Society. Her paper, entitled, “The ‘Problem’ with the Employment Tribunal System: Reform, Rhetoric and Realities for the Clients of Citizens’ Advice Bureaux,” drew from data collected as part of a previous project she worked on with colleagues at the Universities of Strathclyde and Bristol and built on ideas developed in her PhD. The SAGE prize is awarded annually to one paper in each of the BSA’s prestigious journals: Cultural Sociology, Sociological Research Online, Sociology and Work, Employment and Society. The prize will be awarded to the paper published in the previous year’s volume judged to represent innovation or excellence in the field. The winners will be announced at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Glasgow, 24-16th April.


Gregoris Ioannou will give a paper to the 12th “International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) European Regional Congress” inDüsseldorf September 5-7, 2019. His paper is entitled, “The changing context of employment relations: Greece in a comparative south European perspective”.

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

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Center 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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Ou Lin’s paper ‘Applying the concept of ‘worker’ to on-demand work:  lessons from the UK’ has been accepted by Human Resources Development of China.  This is a leading peer-reviewed journal supervised by the National Development and Reform Commission and sponsored by the Chinese Human Resource Development Association – the most authoritative HRM journal in China.

Ou Lin is a lecturer at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law and has been working with the Work on Demand team since September 2018.  Her paper introduces the development of the third category of ‘worker’ in UK labour law as a group who benefit from a set of limited employment rights, and analyses the way in which the courts have used this concept to address the problem of on-demand work. It also describes the limits of the concept of ‘worker’ in dealing with the gig economy, including issues with tax and social security, and the limited rights enjoyed by the worker herself. Given the UK’s experiences and Chinese legal conditions, it argues that for the labour protection of platform workers in China, it is not necessary to introduce a new third category of ‘worker’. Instead the law should be modified to clarify the basic labour rights of the flexible employment groups in a manner which is coordinated with tax laws and social security systems.


Ruth Dukes will give a paper to the Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) in New-York, June 27-29, 2019. Her paper is entitled “The Economic Sociology of Labour Law”.

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Gregoris Ioannou will give a paper to the “Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies” Conference in Vancouver, June 4-6, 2019.  His paper is entitled, “Ideologies within new employment forms: precariously employed youth from the UK and Greece”.

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We are delighted to announce that Gregoris Ioannou has joined our team as a post-doctoral researcher since the beginning of January 2019. Gregoris is a political and media sociologist and a labour market expert. He will work on the internalisation of market and neoliberal norms and values by workers involved in jobs on demand.

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Eleanor Kirk will give a paper to the International Labour Process Conference in Vienna, April 24-26th. Her paper is entitled, “Worker consciousness and norms relating to contracting for work in a changing economy.”

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Eleanor will also join a panel on worker rights in the gig economy at the RebLaw, “rebellious lawyering” Scottish conference at the University of Glasgow on Feb 9th.

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Glasgow University study aims to shape future of UK labour law
Article in The Herald, published 27th September 2017

Ruth Dukes UoGTAXI-booking app Uber is rarely out of the headlines, with a 2016 Employment Tribunal case in which the company lost the right to class its drivers as self-employed one of the most well-known labour law decisions of recent times.
The firm is seeking to overturn that ruling in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, with a hearing set to get under way today. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that the case has come to symbolize all that is wrong with the so-called gig economy, which blurs the lines between the employed and the self-employed and erodes workers’ rights in the process. (…)

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The Labour Constitution: the Enduring Idea of Labour Law 
Volume 9, Issue 2 of Jurisprudence 

The Labour Constitution - HardCoverA book symposium on Ruth Dukes’ 2014 monograph, The Labour Constitution: the Enduring Idea of Labour Law has been published in the journal, Jurisprudence. The symposium includes contributions from Karl Klare, Judy Fudge, Michael Fischl, Emilios Christodoulidis, Guy Mundlak and Ruth Dukes. These contributions were first presented at the LLRN2 Conference in Amsterdam in 2015, and are published now to mark the new paperback edition of the book (December 2017). Thanks are owed to Diamond Ashiagbor for compiling the collection.

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Labour Laws and Labour Markets: New Methodologies 
Volume 27, Issue 4 of Social & Legal studies

Social & Legal Studies Journal A special issue of Social & Legal Studies has been published on the topic Labour Laws and Labour Markets: New Methodologies. The special issue includes contributions from Judy Fudge, Diamond Ashiagbor, Simon Deakin, Shelley Marshall, Jenny Julen Votinius, and Robert Knegt, as well as an editor’s introduction by Ruth Dukes. The papers are the result of a collaborative research project carried out between 2015 and 2017, with funding from the Adam Smith Research Foundation and John Robertson Bequest. They were first presented at the University of Glasgow in November 2016.

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