Policy Conference: Flexible working: Time for a Reflection?

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Date/Time: 23rd of May 2017  9:00AM – 3:00PM

Location:  New Academic Building, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

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Event description

Flexible working is increasing becoming the new norm in terms of how we manage our work and private lives. But who has access to it and what are some of the potential outcomes?

This workshop is the final dissemination conference of the ESRC funded Work Autonomy & Flexibility project, (Grant ES/K009699/1) where the access to and outcomes of flexible working has been examined using UK and European data. There will be a launch of the final report from the project, alongside three round table discussions focusing on some of the key areas surrounding flexible working and its outcomes.

The event is free and open to policy makers, policy stake holders, NGOs, media, employers, workers, academics and the general public who are interest in flexible working, its outcomes and policy changes that are needed to enable a better use.

The event is free but it is essential to register. To register please follow this link

Draft outline for the event


8:30    Registration and coffee/pastries


9:00    Welcome and introduction to the day

9:05    Speech by Maria Miller Chair of the Select committee on Women and Equalities

Followed by a Q&A


9:35    Presentation of the findings of the WAF project

–          Chair:  Maria Miller

–          Presentation by Heejung Chung  (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kent & PI of the WAF project)

–          Discussion by Lonnie Golden (Professor of Economics and Labor Studies, Penn State University)

–          Discussion by Scarlet Harris (Women’s Equality Officer, Trade Union Congress)

–          Discussion by Paola Panzeri (Policy Officer, COFACE)


10:35    Coffee break

10:50    Roundtable discussion: Flexible working and outcomes – enabling better use of flexible working for work-life balance, businesses productivity and gender equality

–         Clare Kelliher (Professor of Work and Organisational Studies, Cranfield Business school)

–          Jennifer Swanberg (Professor of Social Work, University of Maryland)

–          Patrick Woodman (Head of Research, CMI )

–         Rebekkah Smith (Senior Adviser, Business Europe)


11:35  Roundtable discussion: Enabling a better access to flexible working

–          Chair: Sarah Jackson (Chief Executive of Working Families)

–          Laura Den Dulk – Dutch Case (Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

–          Yvonne Lott – German case (Senior Researcher, WSI Hans Boeckler Stiftung)

–          Jonathan Swan (Policy and Research Officer, Working Families)

–          Gillian Nissim (Founder, Workingmums.co.uk)


12:15 Lunch/Networking


13:15 Roundtable discussion: Flexible working and the protection of workers

–          Damien Smith (Economist, DWP)

–          Jon Messenger (Lead for Working Conditions Group, ILO)

–          Oscar Vargas (Eurofound)^

–          Cinzia Sechi (Policy Advisor, ETUC)


14:00  Closing/Reflections


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