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British Journal of Industrial Relations


The leading British industrial relations journal and the third most highly ISA ranked industrial relations journal worldwide.

5-Year Impact Factor 2011: 1.566

The 50th Anniversary Virtual Issue is now available on-line:

IR and BJIR at their Best- Selected Papers from the First 50 Years.|  


BJIR Annual Lecture 2014 with Professor Charles Heckscher (Rutgers)|

Professor Charles Heckscher's Lecture title was: Transient solidarities: commitment and collective action in post-industrial societies.

He argued that solidarity has not died, despite laments about the loss of community and the widespread decline of mass actions; it can be mobilized in new ways through developing networks of plural, transient relations. The lecture took place on January 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., in the Hong Kong Theatre (Ground floor, Clement House, LSE, 99 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF) at the London School of Economics.

Professor Heckscher is the director of the Center for Workplace Transformation at Rutgers University. He is currently leading two research projects: one on the development of stakeholder systems, and a second project on the effects of teamwork in the acute hospital care. His research focuses on organization change and its consequences for employees and unions, and on the possibilities for more collaborative and democratic forms of work.

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BJIR Annual Lecture 2013 with Professor Ruth Milkman (CUNY)|

Professor Ruth Milkman of the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center (Sociology) gave the BJIR Annual Lecture on 21st  January 2013. The lecture was chaired by Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE.

The title of the lecture was 'U.S. Labour in the New Gilded Age’. Against the background of the relentless decline of union density and power, and the growth of inequality and precarious forms of work, Professor Milkman explored the recent proliferation of new forms of labour organization, with illustrations from the United States, and the challenges these forms of organization are facing.

Please note Prof Milkman Lecture will be published as an article at the BJIR.

You can download Prof Milkman's Presentation here|.


10th European Conference of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)|

Imagining new employment relations and new solidarities

20-22 June 2013



BJIR Annual Lecture 2011 with Professor Nancy Folbre|

Professor Nancy Folbre gave the 2011 Annual Lecture on the 29th of November 2011. Her lecture was titled: 'For Love and Money: The Distinctive Features of Care Work.'

The event took place at LSE, in the Sheikh Zayed Threatre, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, followed by a drinks reception.

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BJIR Annual Lecture 2010 with Professor Michael Piore

Professor Michael Piore,  David W. Skinner Professor of Political Economy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), gave a lecture entitled Whither Industrial Relations: Does it have a Future in Post-Industrial Society?



BJIR Conference and Special Issue on Outsourcing/Offshoring of Service Work

BJIR hosted the conference at LSE on 17th and 18th of November 2010, a selection of chosen papers were presented.

Tribute for Ben Roberts (1918-2011)


Ben Roberts, who started his working life as a milkman founded the LSE Industrial Relations Department in 1962. A year later Professor Roberts became Founding Editor of the British Journal of Industrial Relations. Ben was an expert on the British scene, but also hugley knowledgeable about the US and Europe. He had excellent links with firms, unions and policy-makers.

His Monday evening seminars - jointly with Henry Phelps Brown - were legendary: always heavyweight speakers and robust discussion. Ben was not part of the Oxford-Warwick-Donovan Report consensus. He believed strongly that the law has an important role to play in regulating employee relations and he promoted his view tirelessly via his activity with the Institute for Economic Affairs. He was also an early critic of the 1970s toxic mix of enhanced union power and lax monetary policy. He was right on both these major issues. Finally, Ben Roberts played an important role in the governance of the LSE. He was a safe pair of hands which helped LSE navigate the turmoil in 1968.


David Metcalf, June 2011