ILPC 2025, 23rd - 25th April 2025, Chile

ILPC Conference Venues and Plenary Speakers

In the early years the conference was known as the Aston-UMIST Labour Process Conference and not surprisingly the event rotated between the two. It began to change when new organisers came on the scene in the 1990s.  Paul Thompson and Chris Warhurst, then at the University of Central Lancashire, held two conferences in Blackpool. It then followed Paul to Edinburgh, Paul and Chris to Strathclyde and Chris Smith to Royal Holloway. In the new century a more open process, focused on an Organising Group constituted by a collection of previously-host institutions, has led to more varied and adventurous locations.  More information about the ILPC can be found in "The short overview of the labour process perspective and history of the International Labour Process Conference" by Chris Smith School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London.

As for plenary speakers, in the first decade, that wasn’t the way that the organisers wanted to run the conference. Even after that, it was patchy, but we’ve had some good ones!

Year Venue Links
2019Vienna Papers
2018Buenos Aires Papers
2017Sheffield Papers
2016Berlin Papers  |  Call for Papers
2015Athens Papers  |  Call for Papers
2014London Papers  |  Call for Papers
2013Rutgers Papers  |  Call for Papers
2012Stockholm Papers  |  Call for Papers | Conference Blog
2011Leeds Papers  |  Call for Papers
2010Rutgers, New York Papers  |  Call for Papers
2009Edinburgh Papers  |  Call for Papers
2008Dublin Michael Burawoy, David Coats
2007Amsterdam Panel: Chris Smith, Paul Edwards, Hugh Willmott, Irena Grugulis, Paul Thompson
2006London (RH & Birbeck) Gideon Kunda, Saskia Sassen
2003Bristol Charlotte Yates, Paul Thompson
2002Strathclyde Paul Adler (video), Danielle Linhart (video)
2001Royal Holloway Richard Reeves
2000Strathclyde Richard Sennett
1999Royal Holloway Craig Littler / Paul Thompson
1995Blackpool George Ritzer
1992Aston Theo Nichols, Chris Smith / Paul Thompson
1990Aston Michael Burawoy
1983Manchester John MacInnes, David Knights, David Collinson