Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation

Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation

Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation is a bi-annual peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Pluto Journals that focuses on the new global division of labour.

Print ISSN: 1745-641X / e-ISSN: 1745-6428

About the Journal

The globalisation of world trade in combination with the use of information and communications technologies is bringing about a new international division of labour, not just in manufacturing industries, as in the past, but also in work involving the processing of information.
Organisational restructuring shatters the unity of the traditional workplace, both contractually and spatially, dispersing work across the globe in ever-more attenuated value chains.
A new ‘cybertariat’ is in the making, sharing common labour processes, but working in remote offices and call centres which may be continents apart and occupying very different cultural and economic places in local economies.
The implications of this are far-reaching, both for policy and for scholarship. The dynamics of this new global division of labour cannot be captured adequately within the framework of any single academic discipline. On the contrary, they can only be understood in the light of a combination of insights from fields including political economy, the sociology of work, organisational theory, economic geography, development studies, industrial relations, comparative social policy, communications studies, technology policy and gender studies.
This journal aims to bring together insights from all these fields to create a single authoritative source of information on the new global division of labour, combining theoretical analysis with the results of empirical research in a way that is accessible both to the research community and to policy makers. 

Aims & Scope

The Journal aims to:
  • Provide a single home for articles which specifically address issues relating to the changing international division of labour and the restructuring of work in a global knowledge-based economy.
  • Bring together the results of empirical research, both qualitative and quantitative, with theoretical analyses in order to inform the development of new interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the restructuring of work, organisational structures and labour in a global context.
  • Be global in scope, with a particular emphasis on attracting contributions from developing countries as well as from Europe, North America and other developed regions.
  • Encourage a dialogue between university-based researchers and their counterparts in international and national government agencies, independent research institutes, trade unions and civil society as well as other policy makers. Subject to the requirements of scholarly peer review, it is open to submissions from contributors working outside the academic sphere and encourages an accessible style of writing in order to facilitate this goal.
  • Complement, rather than compete with, existing discipline-based journals.
  • Bring to the attention of English-speaking readers relevant articles originally published in other languages.

Journal Information

The Journal is published twice a year, in July and December. The Journal is indexed in Scopus. The Journal’s website can be found here.


Ursula Huws, Professor of Labour and Globalisation, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Editorial Board

Ricardo Antunes, Professor of Sociology, University of Campinas, Brazil

Chris Benner, Department of Geography, University of California at Davis, USA

Michael Brookes, Professor of Work and Employment, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Enda Brophy, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Manuel Castells, Emeritus Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Mikyung Chin, Department of Political Science, Ajou University, Korea

Nicole Cohen, Associate Professor, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, University of Toronto, Canada

Premilla D’Cruz, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India

Jörg Flecker, Professor of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria

Brian Garvey, Lecturer in Work, Employment and Organisation, University of Strathclyde, UK

Sujata Gothoskar, International Union of Food Workers, Mumbai, India

Mark Graham, Professor of Internet Geography, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, UK

Barbara Harriss-White, Professor of Development Studies, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, UK

Christoph Hermann, Senior Researcher, FORBA (Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt), Vienna, Austria.

Anne Jourdain, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Institute (IRISSO), Paris-Dauphine University, France

Vassil Kirov, Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Bettina-Johanna Krings,Head of Research Unit, Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Tatiana Mazali, Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Polytechnic of Torino, Italy

Pamela Meil, Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung (ISF), Germany

George Morgan, Associate Professor, Institute for Culture and Society, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University, Australia

Vincent Mosco, Emeritus Professor, Queens University, Canada

Rajneesh Narula, Professor of International Business Regulation, University of Reading Business School, UK

Maurilio Pirone, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Bologna, Italy

Sabine Pfieffer, Professor of Sociology, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Markus Promberger, Head of Welfare, Labour and Social Inclusion Research, IAB (Institute for Employment Research), Federal Employment Agency, Germany

Monique Ramioul, Head of Labour Sector, Higher Institute of Labour Studies, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Ned Rossiter, Professor of Communication, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University, Australia

Geert van Hootegem, Professor of Sociology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Anita Weiss, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, National University of Colombia

Please see the submission guidelines here.

Journal’s Editor, Ursula Huws,

Publisher Pluto Journals,

For institutional and online subscriptions, these are available through JSTOR here.

Print subscriptions of the journal are available through Marston Book Services, here.

Read the Journal Online

Table of Contents available on JSTOR.

Recent articles available to read online from the Journal:

‘On-demand platforms and pricing: how platforms can impact the informal urban economy, evidence from Bengaluru, India’, Aditi Surie, Vol. 14, No.1 (2020).

‘Data centres as logistical facilities: Singapore and the emergence of production topologies’, Brett Nielson and Tanya Notley, Vol. 13, No. 1 (2019).