7a and 7b. Addressing global poverty and inequality through employment and good work

Track chairs:

Pauline Deutz. Geography, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Hull, UK. P.deutz@hull.ac.uk

Goals and objectives of the track

The Sustainable Development Goals and rhetoric surrounding them indicate that the UN and national governments are acquiring an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the complexities involved in achieving sustainable development. Their ability to overcome complexities is less certain, but this track seeks to explore the relationship between economic growth and poverty alleviation, as mediated by employment opportunities. These are critical and interwoven aspects sustainability that are addressed by SDGs 1, 8 and 10.

Following on from the calls for Green jobs arising from the Rio+20 summit, the SDGs see job creation in the as a route to poverty diminution. But where will these jobs be located, what type of jobs are they likely to be? What may be the impact on existing employment opportunities (both formal and informal)? And indeed from where will the necessary investment come to create employment opportunities? Significantly, the SDGs acknowledge that economic growth has often not brought shared prosperity. Contributions are invited which examine issues such as these from an interdisciplinary or indeed disciplinary perspective. Qualitative as well as quantitative analyses of shifting employment patterns and individuals' experience of them in both the Global North and South are warmly invited.

Potential themes and topics include but are not restricted to:

  • Distribution and types of employment in a green economy
  • Accessing the skills for the future
  • Challenges of flexible employment
  • Job security and mobility
  • Relationship between the formal and informal economy
  • Gender implications of economic shifts
  • Implications of national responses to inequality (e.g., Brexit, American First)
  • Defining poverty


You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first): http://isdrs2018.exordo.com
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017 7 January 2018