Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

BUIRA 2017

The Changing Face of Industrial Relations: New Borders, New Frontiers

University of Portsmouth, held on Wednesday 28th - Friday 30th June 2017

The theme of BUIRA 2017 is the Changing Face of Industrial Relations: New Borders, New Frontiers. The conference took place a little over a year after a referendum which resulted in a narrow vote in favour of the UK leaving the European Union (EU). Therefore it provided an ideal opportunity for participants not only to explore and discuss the future of industrial relations in the UK outside of the EU, but also to consider the portents for industrial relations in Europe and around the world in general. New borders may be springing up, and existing borders hardening, but the frontiers of industrial relations continue to be pushed back, and extended, in some notable ways.


Conference location


The conference venue was Portsmouth Business School’s Richmond Building, which is located in the Northern Quarter of the University campus. Maps of Portsmouth, and the University of Portsmouth campus, can be accessed here.

Delegates arriving by train are advised to go to Portsmouth Harbour station, from where the conference venue (the Richmond Building) is around 9-10 minutes walk. Please refer to the walking map available here.

Conference programme

The conference included two plenary sessions. The first plenary, on the implications of 'Brexit' for employment relations, took place in the afternoon of Wednesday 28 June, and included contributions from Professor Charles Woolfson (Linköping University) and Hannah Reed (TUC). The second plenary, on the 'gig economy', took place in the afternoon of Thursday 29 June, and included contributions from Dr Alex Wood (Oxford), Uma Rani (ILO), Jeremias Prassl (Oxford) and Mags Dewhurst (IWGB).

An overview of the conference programme is available here.

The full, provisional conference programme is available here.


The conference was only open to BUIRA members. Further information about BUIRA, and details of how to join, are available from the BUIRA website. The current membership fee for BUIRA is £40 per year (£20 for doctoral students).

Conference fees

Standard rate for BUIRA members: £325

Postgraduate student BUIRA members: £150

In order to take advantage of these rates, please ensure that your BUIRA membership (see above) is up-to-date.


This includes: all refreshments over the three days of the conference; three, two-course cold buffet lunches; a barbecue on the Wednesday evening; and the conference dinner at Boathouse 4 in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on the Thursday evening.


Registration and payment

To register for the BUIRA 2017 conference please go to our online store.


Contact details

If you have any questions or queries about the conference which do not concern paper submissions, please contact the BUIRA 2017 organizing team at Portsmouth: