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The Future of Work: Policies, Strategies and Prospects 

Date: 27
th and 28
th of November, 2015

Location: FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa



In the face of the crisis and the deep economic and financial hardships that affect contemporary capitalism and confidence in the future, work, organizations and professions have undergone profound changes in their practices, content and senses. In turn, in a context of a diminishing
Welfare State, as seen by the privatisation and outsourcing of multiple public services (e.g. health, education, social action), which have been effected by increasing phases of underfunding, we have witnessed an important revaluation of the processes of labour, namely by:
i) promoting a "risk culture
ii) a constant call for the commitment of employees;
iii) an increasingly transversal approach to managerial and administrative control, conditioned by productivity and cost / benefit pressures
; iv) an intensification and rapid rationalisation of organisation models
; v) non-linear professions, subject to continuous re-assignments which leads to training become essential; 
vi) pressure for continuous organisational and professional mobility, leading to instablity and difficult integration;
vii) difficulties in establishing self and team identity in the face of unemployment and social exclusion of a growing number of social groups, especially among young people, women, and unskilled or low-skilled and older people; 
viii) the re-emergence of State regulation in the economy in general and especially in the workplace, leading to the lack of protection for employees, particularly those mentioned in the previous paragraph, and the “de-unionising” of large sections of the working population.

In short, the global social change processes have given rise to significant changes for organisations, work situations, professional groups and citizens in general. The effects of these changes are yet to be felt or measured, compelling social scientists to ask questions that need answering: what future can be forecast in the face of such an uncertain scenario? To what extent can job security be preserved in the prevailing crisis context?

APSIOT calls for theoretical and/or empirical papers that address these issues, whatever their theoretical basis or methodological approach. It also calls for the sharing of real-life case studies by professionals who have experienced such labour challenges.


Proposed discussion topics 

Globalisation, SMEs and competitive internationalisation

–        The ecological transformation of companies and green management

–        Quality of life and working conditions

–        Technology, communication and risks

–        Privatisation, free markets and the reorganisation of public services


The (trans)national job market

–        Underemployment, precariousness and unemployment

–        Migration, labour rights and citizenship


Education and training “on the job”

–        Production subjectivities at work

–        Professional family and personal careers


Professions, Profissionalisation and Profissionalism

–        The new state system and the impact on professions

–        The hybridisation of the organisation of work and professions

–        Professional knowledge and reorgansiation


Social dialogue and challenges of collective bargaining

–        The impact of public policies and on employment and union membership

–        The choice between corporations and cooperatives: challenges and the regulation of work and employment


Development, policies and partners

–        Participative policies and leadership

–        Social innovation and entrepreneurship

–        Equality and gender equality

–        Local and socio-economic development

–        Partnerships/international networks as change agents


Submission of papers (summaries) to:


Key dates:

Papers must be submitted by the


Rules for Summaries:

– Maximum of 300 words (with the title, but without authors’ names or bibliographies, etc.);

– Add the Enrolment to the Summary and submit it in Word format (Word 97-2003-ou 2004);

– A maximum of two papers per author;

– The enrolment fee is only due on acceptance of papers;

– Papers will only be announced and published if they are to be presented in persona at the conference.


For further information about Summary rules, Enrolment forms, the overall Programme, etc, consult: