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Call for Papers - BUIRA 60th Anniversary Conference

Conference call for papers from Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

60th Anniversary conference

1st to 3rd July 2010, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Industrial Relations: Past, Present and Future


We invite papers for consideration for the 60th anniversary conference of BUIRA. Our broad theme will be to invite participants to reflect on the past, present and future of the field of industrial relations, employment, and human resource management. We welcome empirical, analytical, conceptual and methodological papers and posters.

The aim of this year’s conference is to celebrate the evolving nature of the field over the past 60 years. As such, we aim to include a stream looking at historical studies of industrial relations as well as more contemporary issues. We will also include sessions looking at equality and diversity within employment and would encourage papers and posters in this area.

Participants may also wish to reflect on contemporary and future challenges both within the field of study (including, but in no way limited to, the effects of financial crisis on industrial relations, unemployment, political economy, public spending cuts, etc.) as well as the ways in which these challenges feature in industrial relations within the higher education sector, and the study of industrial relations.

The themes above are indicative rather than prescriptive and we welcome any papers and posters likely to be of interest to BUIRA members.

We are delighted that we are being hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and the organising team have planned a number of additional celebratory events including a performance by the Banner Theatre company reflecting on the experiences of migrant workers, and a showing by the North West Film Archive.

We always aim to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for all participants and, in this spirit, we very much welcome submissions from new researchers including PhD students.

An abstract of 750-1000 words should be submitted to the BUIRA Executive Committee by Friday 5th March 2010.  This can be done through the BUIRA website:

Participants are expected to bring a full paper for distribution at the conference.

The abstract should indicate the substantive content of the paper, together with findings and conclusions. It should include statements relating to the relevance, origins and methodology of the research. The status of the paper should also be indicated; in particularly whether or not it has been submitted or accepted for publication or been delivered at another conference. We have a strong preference that papers have not appeared in print before being presented at the BUIRA conference. Please provide your name, institution and contact details on a separate sheet from the abstract.

Poster sessions at the conference provide the opportunity for researchers to present their findings in an informal setting. This enables research at difference stages to be presented to delegates for feedback, advice, suggestions for future research etc. This may be of particular interest for participants whose research is at an early stage including, but not limited to, PhD students. Presenters may wish to have a brief paper, although this is not required.

Important note:

Papers and posters will only be considered from BUIRA members. To join, please visit the BUIRA website:


Abstracts are refereed anonymously by BUIRA Executive Committee members. Decisions will be notified mid- to late-April 2010. Conference proceedings will contain the paper abstracts and full plenary papers.