British Universities Industrial Relations Association


The British Universities Industrial Relations Annual Conference 2015

Politics, Labour and Missing Voices

24th - 26th June 2015

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.


This year’s conference comes only six weeks after a general election in the UK. We live in challenging times. Shifts in contemporary capitalism, the global economic crisis, austerity policies, the movement of labour across national frontiers and the rise of extremist politics invite consideration of the state, capital and labour in the early 21st century. What do contemporary developments imply for social cohesion, industrial relations, management, voice, and the quest to develop sustainable forms of work and employment? How can politics, labour and society respond?

The theme of this year’s conference is intended to encourage debate about the way that industrial relations and human resource management interact with wider developments and debates around politics, public policy, democratic participation and voice, within the context of work and labour.

We have a full programme of paper presentations, and exciting plenary speakers including:

Professor Bridget Anderson, Oxford University and Migration Observatory
Professor Will Kaufman, University of Central Lancashire
Maria Jepsen (Director of Research, ETUI) and Nicola Smith (Head of Economic and Social Affairs, TUC
Professor Colin Crouch, Emeritus, University of Warwick
Panel Discussion on Employee Voice led by Professor Peter Ackers, Loughborough University and Professor Jimmy Donaghey, University of Warwick

More information about the conference and the venue is available on the registration pages.

The British Universities' Industrial Relations Association began in 1950 and now has developed to have over 500 members. BUIRA members are academics or research students working in industrial relations, labour law, labour economics, human resource (or personnel) management, industrial sociology, occupational psychology, trade union studies and labour history.

Members of BUIRA are part of an academic community, all of whom share an interest in the field of industrial relations. Members are able to network with others in the field. Members have access to the complete website, receive weekly bulletins, have the opportunity to attend an annual conference and have access to certain journals at a discounted rate.

Members are elected onto the BUIRA Executive at the AGM held every year at the BUIRA Conference and every three years a group of Stewards are elected to manage the day to day activities of the organisation.

BUIRA is affiliated to the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

BUIRA attempts to be an inclusive organisation and has developed its own Equality and Diversity policy.

The BUIRA Conference is a forum for engagement in academic debate in our field of study and is held in June each year for more details on this year's conference click here

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