The CRIMT Partnership Project on Institutional Experimentation for Better Work will host of an international conference entitled « What Kind of Work for the Future? Disruption, Experimentation and Re-/Regulation ». This conference will take place at HEC Montréal (Montreal, Canada), from Thursday October 25th to Saturday October 27th, 2018.
This conference will feature original academic and practitioner contributions on two linked themes: first, how major fault lines of change are disrupting and re-ordering the regulation of work and employment; and, second, how these processes are leading to organizational and institutional experimentation. The conference intends to respond to a number of key challenges. First, to aggregate our understanding of major fault lines of disruption, such as the rise of digital technologies and platforms, the reconfiguration of global production networks and the transformation of identities and values, and go engage both researchers and world-of-work actors in a conversation about these disruptions. Second, to identify and explore different examples and processes of experimentation and re-regulation that deal with these disruptions, once again promoting shared learning by both researcher and practitioner communities. Third, to identify the practical and policy implications of these disruption and experimentation processes and, especially, to focus on what makes for better or worse workplaces, communities and societies and on the sets of skills different types of actors might draw upon to make a difference.

The conference will bring four panels of leading international thinkers, more than 250 researchers from 21 countries whom will present their research results in about 40 thematic workshops, and a one-day Community Forum designed to stimulate reciprocal exchange and shared learning between researchers and world-of-work actors. Moreover, this conference will feature some of the world’s leading researchers on work and employment, draw on a variety of disciplinary expertise, mobilize a wide range of world-of-work actors and stakeholders, and offer a unique learning forum for graduate students. In other words, it promises to be a highly stimulating event and researchers, policy makers, labour market practitioners from Quebec, Canada and abroad are invited to take part in this important, timely debate.

The program features four plenary sessions, which will bring together some of the leading experts in their field, including Janice Fine (Rutgers University), Judy Fudge (McMaster University), Dominique Méda (Paris Dauphine), Peter Turnbull (University of Bristol), Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld (Brandeis University), Christophe Degryse (European Trade Union Institute), Sophie Bernard (Paris Dauphine), Tod Rutherford (Syracuse University), Amanda Coles(Deakin University), Mélanie Laroche (Université de Montréal), Lucie Morissette (HEC Montréal), Charlotte Yates (University of Guelph), Glenn Morgan (University of Bristol), Gregor Murray (Université de Montréal), Isabelle Ferreras (Université catholique de Louvain), Isabelle Daugareilh (Université de Bordeaux) and Peter Fairbrother(RMIT University).