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Flexible working: Time for a reflection?

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London School of Economics and Political Science

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Flexible working is increasing becoming the new norm in terms of how we manage our work and private lives. But we also see a stall in its take up, with working culture and flexibility stigma mentioned as some of the key causes. Further, what are some of the other consequences of flexible working, for example on work intensity, wages, gender equality?


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.


For more about the project please visit: http://www.wafproject.org


Draft programme:


8:30 Registration, tea, coffee and 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 (Chair of the Select committee on Women and Equalities)
  • 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 – making flexible work work for workers and companies

  • 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, Hans Boeckler Stiftung)
  • Jonathan Swan (Policy and Research Officer, Working Families)
  • Gillian Nissim (Founder, Workingmums.co.uk)


12:15 Lunch and networking


13:15 Roundtable discussion: Flexible working and the future of work

  • Damien Smith (Economist, DWP)
  • Jon Messenger (Lead for Working Conditions Group, ILO)
  • Oscar Vargas (Eurofound)
  • Cinzia Sechi (Policy Advisor, ETUC)


14:00 Closing/Reflections



Note: There is an academic workshop that feeds into this event on the 22nd of May: for more information see the link below.


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