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

The conference will be in person at Birmingham Business School (BBS), University of Birmingham.

The main conference will be from June 28th to June 30th

There will also be a Workshop for Doctoral researchers at BBS on the afternoon of June 27th. The keynote for this will be by Mark Saunders (University of Birmingham), ‘What constitutes excellence in research and does it matter?’


Please register and pay here:

Full conference fee (full member): £190

Non-member fee (includes £40 membership fee): £230

PhD member fee: £70

PhD non-member fee (includes £20 membership fee): £90


The deadline for registration is June 6th 2022.


Conference plenaries and special sessions:


‘Why race and intersectionality matter for IR’:

Tamara Lee (Rutgers University, US)


‘How and Where Employment Relations Matter(s)’:

Paul Edwards (University of Birmingham)


‘Why green industrial relations matter(s) for climate emergency’:

Linda Clarke (University of Westminster

Béla Galgóczi (European Trade Union Institute)

Vera Trappmann (University of Leeds)



There will also be three special sessions:


Special session 1: ‘International and Comparative Employment Relations: Global Crises and Institutional Responses’ (Chaired by Greg Bamber, Monash University, Australia).

  • China: Fang Lee Cooke, Professor, Monash University, Australia; has also served as a Professor in China, and at Manchester University, UK.
  • Germany: Berndt K. Keller, Professor Konstanz University, Germany and Professor Anja Kirsch, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.
  • Italy: Roberto Pedersini and Lisa Dorigatti, Professors, Milano University, Italy
  • Japan: Katsuyuki Kubo, Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • USA: Harry Katz, Professor and former Dean, ILR School, Cornell University, USA; President, International Labor and Employment Relations Association.


Special session 2: ‘Regulation of work and employment in an era of social, economic, and political fragmentation: Prospects for good work and post-pandemic recovery in the devolved United Kingdom’ (Chaired by Jenny Rodriguez, University of Manchester, and Stewart Johnstone Strathclyde University)

  • Dr Niall Cullinane, Queen University Belfast
  • Professor Gregor Gall, University of Leeds and University of Glasgow
  • Dr Ceri Hughes, University of Manchester
  • Professor Jean Jenkins, Cardiff University


  • Dr Mat Johnson, Work & Equalities Institute, University of Manchester
  • Dr Eleanor Kirk, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio, Work & Equalities Institute, University of Manchester


Special session 3: ‘Debating the UK Higher Education disputes/UCU strikes’.

This will be a general discussion about the dynamics of the dispute, solidarity and wider union strategy. Further details to follow.



Details of conference themes are here. A provisional full conference programme will be circulated asap.


Hotel accommodation in Birmingham:


University of Birmingham campus is located in Edgbaston. Here are some details about visiting the University of Birmingham, including a campus map and directions.


The City of Birmingham is well served by a range of hotels and below is a list of hotels we recommend in the city centre. All hotels are within a 3-mile radius of the University of Birmingham and are easily accessible via train, bus and car.