Fairness at Work

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Social Sciences


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Title Fairness at work : ESRC seminar series 
Description These are a series of short video films summarising some of the key issues discussed by speakers in the course of the seminar. These are available on the internet at the url below 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact The film increased the visibility of the debates and content of the ESRC seminar series; including making the material appealing to students and accessible to a wider audience beyond academic specialists 
URL http://www.brighton.ac.uk/bbs/research/groups/crome/fairnessatwork.php
Description Academic expert on Eurofound's Working Conditions Advisory Board (a European tripartite advisory body concerned with employment conditions, quality of life and fair treatment).
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/research/research-impact/international-employment-policie...
Description Fairness at Work in Challenging Times Fairness at Work Conference, The University of Manchester 6-7 September 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC) organised an international conference in September 2012 with more than 70 people attending.

Papers covered a range of themes from the impact of the crisis on the workforce, work intensification and change, the role of organisations in engaging with social inclusion, the changing nature of flexible work, and more. The programme and some of the presentations are available here:


This inaugral conference was established as a direct outcome of the ESRC seminar series project award. It brought together researchers across all career stages and involved policy shapers and other research-users in the field of employment who variously attended as delegates and in discussant and other facilitating roles. This included members of the FairWRC practitioner advisory group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.mbsresearch.mbs.ac.uk/fairwrc/News-and-events
Description International Labour Organization 'Regulating for a Fair Recovery' Decent Work Conference, Geneva, July 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The second Regulating for Decent Work Conference 'Regulating for a Fair Recovery' (July 2011) was organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the University of Manchester's Fairness at Work Research Group (FaW) and the University of Melbourne's Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CELRL). The conference attracted 250+ academics from developed and less developed countries, from law, economics, industrial relations, development studies, sociology, psychology and geography. Many members of the ILO's policy staff participated in the conference.

The FaW Research Group, which includes the organisers of the 'Fairness at Work' seminar series, contributed to the conference's research agenda through serving as a co-chair of the conference (Dr Deirdre McCann, School of Law) and on the steering committee (Dr Helge Hoel, Professor Jill Rubery) and FaW's responsibility for organising one of the Conference's four tracks: 'Fairness at Work after the Crisis' which attracted contributions from research on recent developments at workplace level in regulation, process and practices regarding fairness in the workplace. Fifteen members of FaW attended the conference and presented nine papers. Dr Hoel organised a plenary session on workplace bullying with keynotes from academics from Norway and Canada and a discussant from the European Commission. A suite of academic commentaries on 'fairness at work' were filmed under the banner of the ESRC 'Fairness at Work' seminar series (led by Professor Jackie O'Reilly), and were subsequently disributed as one of the outputs of the series. FaW hosted a reception attended by more than 175 conference participants where FaW's research publications were promoted.

The FaW group continue their involvement with the ILO and are contributing to the organisation of the third Regulating for Decent Work Conference (Geneva, July 2013).

Further information: www.ilo.org/travail/whatwedo/eventsandmeetings

This conference brings together ILO officials with academic experts from around the world (Global North and Global South). The express purpose is knowledge exchange between researchers, policy makers and field workers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012