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Deadline: 15th April 2019

Special Issue Call for Papers

Geographical Labour Mobility in the Construction Sector: Contexts, Patterns, Processes, and Consequences

The construction industry is one of the largest industries globally. It is extremely diverse, encompassing craft, professional and industrial services related to the building, demolition, renovation and maintenance of civil, industrial, residential and commercial built environments. Various forms of employment-related geographical mobility (E-RGM) or labour (im)mobilities are intrinsic to construction work. Despite the opportunities the construction industry presents for understanding the relationship between E-RGM and work, the patterns and dynamics of E-RGM, and their intersections with labour markets, work scheduling, family, community and the larger political economy are underexplored. This is the case despite the size of the construction sector and its association with large public investments in statecommissioned projects and thus, related policy interest. The proposed special issue seeks to address this gap.

We seek papers that shed light on the complex interrelationships between construction (in its different forms), diverse patterns of E-RGM and their intersections with work, family labour markets and community. Topics could include, but are not limited to understanding:

  • how the construction industry and collective bargaining enable and regulate mobile work and mobile workers in different contexts;
  • the relationship between mobility and health and safety, including wellbeing and work-life balance;
  • the relationship between mobility and the application and enforcement of labour standards in construction;
  • changes over time in industry mobility regimes and their consequences for labour force composition and labour relations;
  • the implications of work mobility for families and communities in the construction industry.

We also welcome enquiries relating to other topics that look at the intersectionality of mobility, labour, industry and built environments.

Submission Guidelines

Expression of interest, including titles and abstracts, to the co-editors by: 15th April, 2019

Submit your paper via the journal website by: 1st September, 2019

Papers finalised and sent to the publisher: 1st March, 2020

Publication of the special issue expected in: May, 2020

Notes for Prospective Authors

Please contact Michael Haan, Guest Editor, if you any questions about the special issue. For any queries regarding the submission process please contact the journal’s Systems Manager, Jane Halteh.

Papers submitted to Labour and Industry are managed using an online submission and review system with Editorial Manager. Please check the website for formatting requirements for submissions.

Authors should first register with Editorial Manager and when submitting their papers they should ensure all the author and co-author details are entered correctly. Any authors or co-authors who have previously submitted a paper to Labour and Industry, or reviewed a paper, should already be registered in the system, but they should check their details.

Guest Editors

  • Lachlan Barber, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Michael Haan, Department of Sociology, Western University, Ontario
  • Barbara Neis, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Nicole Power, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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