The 9th Nordic Work Life Conference, Creating a sustainable future of work in the Nordic countries addresses the future of work by focusing on social, institutional and technological change causing a shift in the type of work and the way work is organized in the Nordic countries.


The Nordic Work Life Conference 2018 is now open for registration. Early-Bird prices apply to participants who register before 1 April 2018.


The overarching theme of the conference is how to create a sustainable future of work in the Nordic countries in a time of rapid restructuring and rising levels of inequality and exclusion in working life. Are the Nordic models equipped to handle technological and organizational change and secure jobs for all? How can they counter precarious work, low-wage competition, power imbalances and erosion of collective bargaining and promote decent jobs with the proper work environment and labour standards? What are the implications of a changing working life for labour market inclusion, skill requirements, the organization of work along with the role of professions and the social partners?

To illuminate these issues and provide the basis for an informed, knowledge-based public debate about possible ways to proceed, we invite scholars and practitioners who are interested in the development of working life in the Nordic and broader European context to participate in this important conference.

Extended abstracts/short papers – updated information  

We have had some questions regarding the extended abstracts and have made the following clarifications:

  1. By accepting your abstract, the organisers have invited you to give an oral presentation.
  2. For the benefit of other participants, and in order to facilitate good discussions, we would like you to hand in an extended abstract/short paper.
  3. This is not an absolute requirement, in so far as the presentation of an extended abstract could interfere with future publication plans.
  4. The organizers will distribute extended abstracts/short papers to the group organiser(s) who will be responsible for further distribution.
  5. Participants who wish for papers to be made publically available for download must notify us of this.

The conference will be organized around the following streams:

  • Professional Work in a Nordic Context
  • Flexibility, mobility and atypical work
  • The future of work
  • Labour market careers and life-course transitions
  • Work Inclusion
  • Gender
  • Work environment issues
  • Occupational health and well-being at work
  • The Nordic work-life model at company and collective level

Detailed description of streams and sessions 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you in Oslo in June 2018!