Nordic Centre of Excellence:
Reassessing the Nordic
Mi Ah Schøyen
CFP: Nordic model challenges in transition from school to work
Call for papers: International workshop on Nordic model challenges in transition from school to work: gender, ethnicity and disability. Copenhagen 21-22 November 2012
With the Nordic economies’ emerging role in the global division of labour, the triangle of education, research and innovation is becoming increasingly important for the competitiveness of these economies (and consequently for the sustainability of current levels of income and welfare provisions). Demographic ageing makes it more significant to mobilize the adult population in the Nordic countries for employment, removing hurdles at entry points of the labour market. REASSESS and NOVA are interested in focusing more on the transitions between education and employment:
• The persistent (and possibly growing) problem of pupil attrition in upper secondary school
• The role of social services in cash and kind in facilitating transition from school to paid work for young adults
• The role of social regulation policies (wage subsidy schemes, non-discrimination legislation, accommodation, employment protection, voluntary agreements) and their functional equivalents (informal norms and expectations about employers’ duties or corporate cultures internalizing such obligations) in promoting labour market inclusion of young adults
REASSESS and NOVA invite to a workshop on the Nordic challenges in this area in a broader international and comparative perspective. Key aims are to clarify theoretical and methodological approaches to these issues. Particular attention will be paid to gender, ethnicity and disability differences in school outcome, employment and participation in training.
First, we will seek improved understanding of the mechanisms – within and outside the education system – behind gender, ethnicity and disability differences in school outcomes. Second, we will seek improved understanding of the mechanisms within enterprises, labour markets and wage systems behind the marginal position of young adults with weak school achievements and low formal qualifications. Third, we will seek improved understanding of the mechanisms within enterprises, labour markets and wage systems creating the marginal positions of ethnic minority youth and disabled youth.
A second workshop following up the findings of the November 2012 workshop will be organized in 2013. We envisage that a selection of the best papers from the workshop(s) will be the basis for an edited volume.
We invite colleagues with research findings of relevance for the issues outlined here to submit paper proposals for the first workshop by June 1st 2012. Full papers are to be submitted by November 14. 2012. REASSESS will cover costs related to travel and hotel for participants with accepted paper proposal In addition to paper presenters REASSESS and NOVA will invite a limited number of international experts to comment on the papers.
The workshop will commence 9AM Wednesday 21 and end 5PM Thursday 22 November. Information about workshop venue, travel and accommodation will be provided in June.
The workshop has been funded by NordForsk and The Labour Market Committee, Nordic Council of Ministers.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact Rune Halvorsen (firstname.lastname@example.org).