Conference on Labour, Employment and Work (LEW2020) and 15th Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference (ANZTSR2020)

‘Good work and its impact’
Cross sector insights from government, third sector, volunteering, and practice

The Centre for Labour, Employment and Work at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and the Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research network are jointly hosting their conferences in November 2020.

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington,
Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

25, 26 and 27 November, 2020

NOTE: Given the uncertainty related to the current Covid-19 pandemic including the ability to provide a safe environment for conference attendees and travel restrictions across the world, a final decision on holding the conference will be made in mid-August. 

We will also not be taking registrations for the conference until a final decision has been made but we welcome expressions of interest for the Conference to ensure that you are kept up to date with developments and to give us an indication of those who hope to attend.

The biennial conferences hosted by CLEW and ANZTSR have a unique focus on bringing together academics and research with policy makers and practitioners. The LEW conference has been key to discussions about the labour market, work, and workplaces for 30 years. The ANZTSR conference has been important for facilitating discussions about third sector organizations, volunteering, and philanthropy. In 2020, these two conferences come together to generate cross-sector insights into good work and the impact it can have for communities, industries, and organisations.

Factors external to the world of work have fundamentally changed how we organise and participate in work. Nevertheless, access to good work remains key to sustaining the health and wellbeing of our communities. How can this be ensured, though, in the face of the accelerated pace of technological change, intensified environmental and resource pressures, increasing globalisation of markets and rapid demographic change?

At the same time, by promoting economic, social and cultural rights, advocating for freedom of organisation and providing essential support for communities, the third sector also plays an important role in facilitating good work. To that end, philanthropy and the government may have an important role in ensuring good work both in the third sector as well as through the third sector. Yet, with limited resources and a challenging socio-political environment ensuring the viability of the third sector can prove difficult.