Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world


27th Airaanz conference fremantle

Keynote Speakers

Professor Michael Burawoy,
University of California, Berkeley

Dr Pun Ngai,
Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Call for Papers

The conference committee, look forward to papers in the areas of: Industrial or Employment Relations Labour History Labour Geography The Economic and Sociology of Work Human Resource Management and any other related discipline. Read More

Conference Streams

We seek expressions of interest from people interested in organising a stream within the conference. Please contact Al or Trish to discuss your proposal.

Important Dates

1 October 2012:
Submission deadline for refereed papers

30 November 2012:
Final deadline for re-submission of refereed papers, and for abstracts and non-refereed papers














27th AIRAANZ Conference
6 - 8 February 2013 Fremantle, Western Australia


We live in a complex patchwork world, combining drawn out financial crisis, growing poverty, unemployment and recession with areas of growth, skill and labour shortages (WA!). Extreme poverty exists alongside highly visible and growing disparities with the super wealthy. This patchwork picture of combined but uneven development exists within and between countries, regions, across and inside industries, in both the public and private sectors. Conditions of work and union organisation are under intense pressure in some areas, but re-emerging and finding new strength and forms in others. The changes and challenges underway have profound implications for the nature of work, worker organisation as well as domestic and community structures. How are work and employment relations evolving in the context of such uneven development as we are witnessing within and between industries, sectors, regions and nations? What are the work and employment implications of this extremely uneven development in economic, political, geographical and social arenas.

Need More Information

Conference Committee
University of WA Trish Todd Email –
Curtin School of Business Alistair Rainnie Email
Conference Secretariat Claire Morgan Email

The conference is organized by AIRAANZ, the professional body representing the IR and ER academics across Australia and New Zealand. It is jointly convened by Curtin University and The University of Western Australia under the banner of the WA Work, Employment and Society Research Group.

Destination Fremantle

the Esplanade hotel fremantle

Freo - As far west as you can go without getting wet. Fremantle is where the sun meets the Indian Ocean. Just 20 minutes from Perth and 30 minutes from the Domestic and international airports, Fremantle is a world away from the ordinary. The city is recognised as one of the best preserved, 19th Century seaport cities in the world. It has a rich historic heritage, focusing on its maritime and convict past. Approximately 150 buildings are classified by the National Trust, including the Round House (the oldest public building in Western Australia), the Fremantle Prison, the Esplanade Hotel, the Old Maritime Museum, and the Arts Centre. The relaxing and friendly harbour city is home to some fantastic museums, historic buildings, galleries, pubs and cafés. Fremantle is more than just a time capsule of a bygone era; it is a living, breathing city, which is able to excite and entertain all comers. Fremantle is the perfect place to come together for the AIRAANZ 2013 Conference.