Nordic Working Life and Social Dialogue in Times of Crisis


Special issue editors: Bertil Rolandsson & Anna Ilsøe

Deadline for abstracts is July 1st 2021. Deadline for full papers is December 1st 2021. The issue is expected to be published ultimo 2022.

Abstracts should be submitted to Journal manager Bo Carstens, Please also contact Journal manager Bo Carstens,, if you have any questions regarding submissions.

In the past, at present, and in the future, varieties of factors influence changes in working life. These include megatrends like globalization, technology, demography, climate changes and the financial crisis.  Historically, researchers have linked the Nordic labour markets with strong social partners, high coverage by collective agreements and supportive welfare state arrangements, providing institutional stability while supporting adaption to such changes. In the wake of the recent Covid-19 crisis, research as well as policy and public debates also indicate that we may face new challenges. In accordance, we may ask ourselves in what way various crises and linked developments may affect the amount, the meaning and/or the quality of work in the future. Will the introduction of technology intensify, and perhaps force us to look into a job less future? Are there varieties of “futures” emerging due to the Covid-19-crisis and the different environmental challenges we are facing. Are there any lessons for us to be learnt from the financial crises 2008? How do the Nordic social partners encounter such crisis while engaging in social dialogues addressing demands for improved productivity and conditions of work? Are the institutional foundations for adaption to various crisis still intact?

With this special issue, we would like to invite scholars to contribute to the issue of the future of Nordic working life during times of crisis. Papers can be either theoretical or empirical, historical, quantitative or qualitative as well as comparative or single-country studies. However, all papers must be situated in the literature on Nordic working life and labour markets. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to): 

  • Globalization and casualization of work: non-standard work and new forms of work
  • Work in the digital age: automation, AI and platform work
  • Green jobs and the quality of work
  • Ageing populations and work
  • Developments after the financial crisis
  • Working life during the corona crisis
  • Historical crises and its consequences on Nordic working life

Questions regarding the content of this special issue can be sent to: Bertil Rolandsson (, or Anna Ilsøe (