The search for security under disruptive technologies and deconstructed labour markets

40th International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation
September 9th & 10th in Düsseldorf

About iwplms

International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation

The International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation is an annual international meeting of experts specialized in labour market segmentation approach. It is coordinated by an International Steering Committee. Each year the papers are built around a central axis proposed to the participants of the meeting as a guide for submitting projects. The theme of the next annual meeting that will be held in Düsseldorf is "The search for security under disruptive technologies and deconstructed labour markets "

Members of the IWPLMS steering committee

Jill Rubery (Alliance Manchester Business School), Gerhard Bosch (University of Duisburg-Essen), Iain Campbell (RMIT University), Pilar Gonzales (University of Porto), Albert Recio , Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Maria Karamessini (University of Panteion), Pertti Koistinen (Tampere University), Paola Villa (University of Trento), Héloise Petit (University of Lille 1), Christine Erhel (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Samuel Rosenberg (Roosevelt University), Dominic Anxo (Linnaeus University), Josep Banyuls (University of Valencia)

Members of the local organisation committee

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bosch (gerhard.bosch@uni-due.de), Dr. Karen Jaehrling (karen.jaehrling@uni-due.de), Monika Spies (monika.spies@uni-due.de), Dr. Claudia Weinkopf (claudia.weinkopf@uni-due.de)

Call for papers

Working Party 2019 - The search for security under disruptive technologies and deconstructed labour markets

The great accomplishment of welfare states in the middle decades of the 20th Century can be considered their success in reducing the extent of precarious work. Workers were protected against arbitrary treatment in the workplace and were able to share in the growing prosperity that characterized the post-war period, fueling the rapid growth of the broad middle class.

In recent decades globalization, deregulation of the product and labor markets, and the retrenchment of the welfare state has shifted power in the setting of working conditions decisively towards employers. This changed working conditions in ways that have been unfavorable to most workers. Disparities among the workforce are striking. The new developments are characterized by widening inequality, stagnation of middle incomes, economic uncertainty, poverty among working households, precarious work and corporate strategies of wealth extraction.

The coming fourth industrial revolution (digitalization of the economy”) may help employers to further dismantle “historical compromises” on working conditions between labor and capital. However, public debates about the potential risks of digitalization have also prompted governments, social partners and other stakeholders to search for ways how to adjust labour law, social protection and labour relations in order to socially embed, rather than dis-embed the digitalized economy. 

Overall, thus, the search for security in this changing employment system is a headline agenda issue for policymakers and social partners and also a main issue for future research. We would like to invite colleagues to submit an abstract of their paper to one of the five general themes listed below. All themes are designed to be international in intellectual and empirical focus. Note that gender issues are included in all five themes. We also invite researchers to submit papers dealing with migration, refugees and labour in all five themes.  Mixed research methods and cross-country comparative analyses are especially welcome.

  1. Trends and drivers of increasing/decreasing social insecurity
  2. The role of the social dialogue in reducing insecurity
  3. Pathways to stable employment through education and training
  4. De-commodification through the welfare state
  5. Trends in labour law and labour regulation: The dissolution of the employment relationship?
  6. The future of the European social model

Deadline for submission of abstracts expired


The Conference will be held at "Haus der Universität" (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf), Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf


We have reserved a number of rooms for the participants of the conference in the hotels listed below. Participants are invited to make their own reservation via e-mail or via the hotels’ online booking system before the cut-off-dates. These cut-off-dates vary from hotel to hotel (see ‘available until’). The prices given below are rates for a single room per night. When making a reservation please refer to the keyword for the conference. Please be aware that September is a busy time in Dusseldorf so we kindly ask you to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Motel One Düsseldorf-Hauptbahnhof
Immermannstr. 54
40210 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: duesseldorf-hauptbahnhof@motel-one.com
available until: 28 July 2019
keyword: IWPLMS 2019
price: 80,50 € (incl. breakfast)

Holiday Inn Düsseldorf – Hafen
Volmerswerther Str. 35
40221 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: reservations@hi-dus-hf.com
available until: 12 August 2019
keyword: IWPLMS September 2019
price: 8. + 9 September 2019 : 85 €.  10 September 2019: 135 €
minimum 2 nights

Auszeit Hotel Düsseldorf
Auf’m Hennekamp 71
40225 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: info@auszeit-hotel.de
available until: 8 June 2019
keyword: IWPLMS Düsseldorf
price: 85,-- € (incl. breakfast)

NH Düsseldorf City
Kölner Str. 186 – 188
40227 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: nhduesseldorf@nh-hotels.com
available until: 28 July 2019
keyword: IWPLMS 2019
price: 124,-- € (incl. breakfast)