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The British Universities Industrial Relations Association is one of the largest academic associations in the United Kingdom aimed at promoting the study of employment relations across relevant academic disciplines.

Latest News

Call for proposals to host the next ILERA European Regional Congress in 2025

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Stitching Governance for Labour Rights: Towards Transnational Industrial Democracy?

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Defending hegemony: From climate change mitigation to adaptation on the Great Barrier Reef

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BUIRA History of Industrial Relations Study Group

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Employee Relations Special Issue on Alan Fox: Call for Papers

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The Improvised Language of Solidarity in Migrant Workers’ Organizing

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Conferences

Where members present their research to promote discussion, ideas and concepts

BUIRA conference 2023 Donovan 2.0: Industrial Relations and Policy in the 21st Century 4-6 July

British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Annual Conference 4-6th July 2023 Pre-Conference PhD Workshop 3rd July 2023 Donovan 2.0: Industrial […]

BUIRA Annual Conference 2022: Why Employment Relations Matter(s) for Democratizing Work

University of Birmingham, June 28th-30th 2022 Plenaries:  Why race and intersectionality matter for IR: Tamara Lee (Rutgers University, US)   How […]

Latest Research

What is Industrial Relations? Latest Articles, Member Profiles and PhD Network

New article: Conflict and control in the contemporary workplace: Structured antagonism revisited

By Paul Edwards and Andy Hodder The concept of a structured antagonism lying at the heart of the employment relationship […]

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New book: Remote Working: A Research Overview

Remote Working: A Research Overview The coronavirus pandemic forced work back into the home on a massive scale. The long-held […]

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New book: The Living Wage: Advancing a Global Movement

The Living Wage: Advancing a Global Movement As wealth inequality skyrockets and trade union power declines, the living wage movement […]

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About Us

The British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) was founded in 1950.

Initially entitled the Inter-University Study Group in Industrial Relations, the name of BUIRA has been adopted since 1967. During its early years the association served mainly as a network for the exchange of ideas at an annual meeting. BUIRA still hosts its annual conference, but the association also supports a wider set of activities, including a vibrant doctoral network, a series of thematic study groups and occasional publications.

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Upcoming and Recent Events

BUIRA History of Industrial Relations Study Group

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Intersectionality and IR

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BUIRA Special Session on ‘Effective industrial action and organising in higher education’, University of Birmingham, 30 June 2022

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BUIRA Annual Conference 2022: Why Employment Relations Matter(s) for Democratizing Work

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BUIRA History of Industrial Relations Study Group – The Equal Pay Act 50 Years On: How Labour Governments have dealt with equal pay

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BUIRA special webinar The GMB/Uber deal: implications for industrial relations in the gig economy and beyond

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