Workshop: Inequalities in working life

An interdisciplinary workshop hosted by the Department of Sociology and Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Uppsala University 

November 30 – December 1, 2023

Location: Uppsala University

Aim and Scope

Today’s labor market is changing, generating new possibilities as well as challenges for various societal groups. Unequal treatment, conditions and systematic differences in opportunities and outcomes have long been studied in all social science fields but using different frameworks and approaches. To understand the social phenomenon of inequalities connected to work more thoroughly, there is a need to break disciplinary insularity. We invite paper submissions from all social sciences, focusing on inequalities in working life departing from different theories and a variety of methodological approaches. Important questions include sources of gender occupational segregation and pay gaps, migration and labor market policies, and the role of socioeconomic status and labor relations. We welcome contributions. The workshop aims to bring together scholars across fields to provide a broader understanding of inequalities in today’s labor market and to lay better foundations for labor market policy.

The local organizing committee will construct a number of sessions composed of 2-3 papers) of papers with similar topics but different approaches to initiate in-depth discussions within and across social science fields. Each session will be assigned a person to moderate the discussion after the presentation of the papers.

Practical information

The workshop starts with lunch on Thursday, November 30, and extends to the afternoon of Friday, December 1. Accommodation will be reserved in downtown Uppsala for all participants. The workshop will cover one night of accommodation and reimburse economy class travel costs for presenting authors and discussants.


Please send your full paper or extended abstract to Ylva Nettelbladt ( by August 31, 2023. The organizing committee will evaluate all submissions and communicate acceptance decisions by September 15, 2023. Presenters of accepted papers and other participants should register by October 1, 2023.


Submission Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2023.

Workshop Fee

There is no registration fee.

We look forward to seeing you in Uppsala!

The Local Organizing Committee

Emma von Essen, Lucas Tilley and Andreas Melldahl at the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University.

Last modified: 2023-09-05