Networks – Cooperation between labour experts
The Turku Centre for Labour Studies highlights working life networking as a crucial element of collaboration. Our networks support interaction between the academic world and practical working life.


Our network of labour experts started its operation in 2007, and currently it includes many experts across different disciplines and industries. The network includes representatives from the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, government ministries, the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres), the area of responsibility of occupational safety and health of the Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) for Southwestern Finland, Kela, and labour market organisations.
Our aim is to expand our networks also internationally and improve the mentoring process in order to reinforce their relevance for working life.

We organise research seminars, as well as other events related to important topical working life issues. We also organise an international interdisciplinary conference, WORK, every other year since 2013.  WORK conferences host excellent plenaries, interesting and intriguing paper presentations and opens great discussions in the sessions and also during breaks.The topics addressed have included, among others, the improvement of working life quality and productivity, multidisciplinarity, equality, flexicurity, industrial peace, digitalization nowadays and in future working life. The next conference will be held in August 2019 .   


14-16 August 2019
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 

In recent years the work and the working life have increasingly become characterized by features such as projectification, short-termism and emphasis on technologies. These features easily assume global similarities in the ways of organizing the work. Yet, research shows that this is not the case. The rise of the global platform economy, and with it, the growth of gigs and tasks as work as well as the assumed entrepreneurialism among highly skilled professionals and professions all give reason to explore, challenge and analyze the recent changes in the work, and their local, regional, national and global boundaries, similarities and differences.
Examining the real work in the virtual world extends to the meanings and contents of work, organizations of work, the enabling technologies and the blurring boundaries between public sector and private companies.
We welcome creative ways of addressing the theme of real work in the virtual world.
We look very much forward to seeing you in Helsinki in 2019!
On behalf of the WORK2019 organizing committee,
Professor Anne Kovalainen


20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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