7th International Community, Work and Family Conference

Type of Event: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 8:30am - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milan, Italy
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A Time for Renewal: Developing a Sustainable Community, Work and Family Interface

The 7th International Community, Work and Family conference will take place on May 25-27,  2017 at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy. A pre-conference doctoral workshop will be held on May 24. The conference will bring together experts and academics from a broad range of countries and disciplines. It intends to contribute to the debate on the relationships between community, work and family and stimulate further research in a multistakeholder perspective. It will also provide a unique networking opportunity for scholars who are interested in comparative and multidisciplinary research.  


Contemporary societies face a set of critical challenges, which need to be carefully considered in relation to the community, work and family interface. Many forces at play (such as demographic shifts, mass migrations, global economic and financial trends, increases in unemployment and precarious employment, work intensification, technological advancement, new care needs and dynamics, budget constraints and austerity policies) may have serious long-term consequences for workers, companies and society as a whole if not properly managed. In this regard, the great recession has adversely affected the wellbeing and quality of life of many people and households. It also revealed that the institutional foundations of contemporary societies may have hampered the development of meaningful relationships between work and non-work domains, spread inequalities, threatened social cohesion, and led to an overconsumption of social, economic and environmental resources. Hence recasting work, family and community settings, as well as their interface in a sustainable manner is a serious challenge. This challenge is the focus of the 7th International Community, Work and Family conference. 

Within this general framework, we invite contributions (i.e. papers and posters) and proposals (for symposia, panel discussions, and author-meets-critics sessions) that address, theoretically or empirically, the issue of sustainability and its constitutive social, economical, political and ethical aspects, possibly from a multi-stakeholder perspective.


Possible themes, which are consistent with the aim and scope of the 7th International Community, Work and Family conference, include but are not limited to: 

Sustainable workplaces: We particularly welcome contributions that examine the conditions under which work, employment and business activities can develop and thrive, while maintaining a sustainable relationship with community and family. We encourage scholars to submit manuscripts and posters focusing on the role of employers, and namely on workplace policies and environments that support the quality of work and employment, sustainable careers and career equality, work-life balance and wellbeing over the life course, diversity management and equal opportunities for all, and leadership advancement.

Family health and wellbeing: We aim to draw attention to the conceptualization and meaning of family health and wellbeing in its intersection with work and community life. We also invite authors to submit both conceptual and empirical contributions that could be inclusive of care and domestic workers’ views. Authors are invited to explore questions such as: which resources and capabilities do families need to cultivate a sustainable interface with community and work? How can family needs for care and household support be combined with work-family needs of care and domestic workers? To what extent do employment and community engagement contribute to overall family health and wellbeing?

Community resilience: We encourage submissions that address the willingness and ability of local and national communities to adapt to changing economic and societal conditions, anticipate future needs and tensions and foster sustainable relations between community, work and family. In particular, we welcome research that investigates the processes and patterns of inclusion and participation of minorities and disadvantaged groups (e.g. migrants and beneficiaries of international protection, low income/low-skilled workers, disabled workers and workers with health conditions, and more in general individuals whose employability is challenged by personal and family circumstances) in all significant role domains and assesses the impact of these processes and patterns on social cohesion. We also seek contributions that assess the role of the third sector (i.e. NGOs, religious organisations, volunteer organisations, advocacy organisations, social enterprises, and other non-profit organisations) in strengthening community resilience.

Policy innovation: We encourage research that improves our understanding of how public policy change empowers or limits the opportunities individuals have for gainful employment as well as thriving in family and community lives. Specifically, we are interested in papers that consider to what extent recent labour market and welfare policy reforms and innovations influence the capability of individuals and families to plan and manage transitions between work and non-work domains effectively across the life course. Contributions that focus on the intersection of organisational and public policies in the field of community, work and family are also appreciated. 

Cross-country analyses and comparisons that contribute to framing and understanding the embeddedness of the relations between community, work and family in specific economic and institutional contexts are encouraged for all the themes. Papers dealing with other themes and issues in the field of community, work and family are also welcome.


We encourage scholars to contribute to the debate and progress of the community, work and family field and discuss on how we can build equitable and sustainable future by submitting their contributions (i.e. paper abstracts and posters) and proposals (for symposia, panel discussions, and author-meets-critics sessions) by November 30, 2016

An abstract of 500 words maximum for papers and posters should be submitted via the conference submission software at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cwf2017

An abstract of 1000 words maximum describing symposium proposals, panel discussions, and author-meets-critics sessions should be sent to cwf.conference@unicatt.it

Doctoral students are also invited to submit by November 30, 2016 an application for the participation in the doctoral workshop, which will be held on Wednesday 24 May. Applications should be sent to cwf.conference@unicatt.it

Contact information

If you have questions about the conference, the venue, fees and submissions please contact the organizing committee at cwf.conference@unicatt.it. For any enquires please also contact the chair of the organizing committee Egidio Riva at egidio.riva@unicatt.it

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