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. The journal is hosted on Science Open and can be found here to read online. 

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.

WOLG community & membership

Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation is more than just a journal. It has evolved into an extended global community of scholars interested in developing a dialogue about the changing nature of work and labour organisation that crosses disciplinary and national boundaries. Going open access and making all our articles free to read has more than tripled our readership and greatly increased this community. We receive positive feedback from many quarters. Policy makers tell us that they value the way WOLG makes them aware of new developments in the world of work. PhD students and early career researchers working in new or interdisciplinary fields say our articles help them to identifying the key authors and issues and more established scholars rely on us as a way of staying in touch with rapidly changing debates. We are also praised for helping to bridge the ‘North-South divide in academia’.

Help keep Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation Open Access. Become a supporting member and join our WOLG community. We are strongly committed to making our content available free of charge but unfortunately it does cost money to publish a journal. Although our editors and peer reviewers volunteer their time, we still have to pay for a range of services from software licenses to professional copy editing. By becoming a supporting member, you can not only help sustain the journal but also play an active role in the WOLG community, gaining advance notification of future issues, free participation in online webinars and other benefits. There are three levels of membership to select from below.

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WOLG Membership benefits 
  • The table of contents for each latest issue with links to articles, book reviews, or books in brief.
  • Mailings with news, calls for papers for special issues, notifications of events including webinars and conferences.
  • Online webinars. 
  • A special 40% discount on selected Pluto Books every quarter, including its backlist.

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, Director of Analytica Social and Economic Research.

Editorial Board

  • Ludmila Abilio, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Labour and Trade Union Studies, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Moritz Altenried, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • Ricardo Antunes, Professor of Sociology, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Chris Benner, Department of Geography, University of California at Davis, USA
  • Michael Brookes, Professor of Human Resources, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • 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, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, UK
  • Christoph Hermann, Lecturer, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
  • Tsvetelina Hristova, Researcher, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia.
  • Greti-Iulia Ivana, lecturer in Sociology, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK.
  • Anne Jourdain, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Institute (IRISSO), Paris-Dauphine University, France
  • Eleni Kambouri, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Gender Studies, Panteion University of Social and Political Science, Athens, Greece.
  • Vassil Kirov, Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Bettina-Johanna Krings, Head of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis Unit, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Wing-Fai Leung, Director of Research, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London, UK
  • 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 of Sociology, Queens University, Canada and Distinguished Professor of Communication, New Media Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • 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
  • Jaka Primorac, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Development and International Relations, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 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
  • Neil Spencer, Professor of Applied Statistics, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.
  • Paul Stewart, Senior Research Professor, Sociology of Work and Employment, Département, Homme Organisation et Société, Grenoble School of Management, France.
  • Aditi Surie, Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, India.
  • Geert van Hootegem, Professor of Sociology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Patricia Vendramin, Professor of Sociology, University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Please see the submission guidelines here.

Journal’s Editor, Ursula Huws,

Publisher Pluto Journals,

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

Read the Journal Online

The Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation Collection Table of Contents are available here on ScienceOpen.

Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation Latest Issues Issue 16.1 contents

This issue departs from our usual focus on the content of research to turn the spotlight onto research methods. It looks in particular at the methodological and ethical challenges presented by the growth of precarious, virtual and clandestine labour, which raise problematic new challenges for researchers in a digital global economy.

This issue is introduced with Researching precarious, virtual and clandestine labour: Methodological and ethical challenges by Ron Iphofen, Ursula Huws and Neil. H. Spencer

Gendering platform research: Theoretical and methodological considerations by Eleni Kampouri

Assessing bias in online surveys using alternative survey modes by Neil H. Spencer, Dag S. Syrdal, Matthew Coates and Ursula Huws

Beyond ‘platformisation’: Designing a mixed-methods approach to inspect (digital) working conditions through organisational systems by Maxime Cornet, Clément Le Ludec, Elinor Wahal and Mandie Joulin

Is anonymity dead? Doing critical research on digital labour platforms through platform interfaces by Funda Ustek Spilda, Kelle Howson, Hannah Johnston, Alessio Bertolini, Patrick Feuerstein, Louise Bezuidenhout, Oğuz Alyanak and Mark Graham

(Shared) ethnicity in ethnographic research on clandestine and informal practices in the migrant and ethnic minority economy: Methodological and ethical challenges by Jing Hiah

‘Alongside but not in front’: Reflections on engagement, disengagement and ethics in action research with workers by Todd Wolfson, Ursula Huws, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam

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