5th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network: Future of Work

The 5th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network gathered leading academics at the Headquarters of the ILO, from 3 to 5 of July 2017, to discuss key dimensions of the future of work, with a focus on identifying potential policy and regulatory responses. The organizing committee selected 200 papers that were presented in sessions split in four tracks:
  • Work and Society
  • Decent Jobs for all: New Jobs for the Future and their Nature
  • The Organization of Work and Production: Challenges for Decent Work
  • The Governance of Work: Labour regulation's Complex Future
The conference also hosted plenary and special sessions, and documentary exhibitions. 


Opening Ceremony with Guy Ryder (Director-General, ILO)

Monday, 3 July, 9.00-9.30. GB Room.

Plenary Session no. 1 Care Jobs and the Care Economy – An opportunity for the future of decent work

Monday, 3 July, 9.30-11.00. GB Room.
Speakers: Susan Himmelweit (Open University) - view presentation 
Magdalena Sepúlveda (UNRISD);
Chidi King (ITUC);
Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University);
Elissa Braunstein (UNCTAD);
Chair: Manuela Tomei (ILO).

What’s the true value of the care economy?, interview with Susan Himmelweit (Open University) and Manuela Tomei (ILO)

Plenary Session 2: Can a universal basic income resolve future income security challenges?

Listen to the full session here 
Tuesday, 4 July, 17.00-18.30. GB Room.
Speaker: Olli Kangas (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland) - view presentation
Gerhard Bosch (IAQ Germany) - view presentation
Corina Rodríguez Enríquez (CIEPP Argentina).    
Chair: Sandra Polaski

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Universal Basic Income, live interview with Olli Kangas and Sandra Polaski

Plenary Session 3: The governance of work: labour regulation’s complex future

Wednesday, 5 July, 16.00-17.30. GB Room.
Speaker: Kerry Rittich (University of Toronto); 
David Levi-Faur (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) - view presentation 
Chair: Moussa Oumarou (ILO)

RDW award for best paper and closing session

Wednesday, 5 July, 17.30-18.00. GB Room.
Guy Ryder (ILO), John Howe (Melbourne Law School), Deirdre McCann (Durham University) and Kea Tijden (AIAS, University of Amsterdam). 
Convener: Nicolas Niemtchinow (ILO)
Winning paper Subcontracting Linkages in the Informal Economy in India: Analyzing the Implications for Inclusive Growth - Ms Surbhi Kesar (South Asian University, India)

Movie screenings

The True Cost (2015)

Monday, 3 July, 17.30-19.00. ILO Cinema (R2 South).
Directed by Andrew Morgan, is documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.
Discussants: Mark Anner (Penn State University & Center for Global Workers' Rights), Gary Gereffi (Duke University)
Convener: Uma Rani (ILO)

The Moderators (2017)

Tuesday, 4 July, 12.30-13.30. Espace Gobelin.
Directed by Adrien Chen and Ciaran Cassidy, this short documentary shows the reality of social media monitors in offices in India who ensure social media sites are not taken over by bots and scammers.
Discussant: Michael "Six" Silberman (IG Metall). Convener: Janine Berg.