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Work in the Global Economy (WGE) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that promotes understanding of work, and connections to work, in all forms and dimensions. This can mean a focus on labour processes, labour markets, labour organising and labour reproduction. The journal is associated with, and rooted in, the traditions of the International Labour Process Conference (ILPC) and published by Bristol University Press.

WGE welcomes submissions for Research Articles (up to 8000 words in length). These will be wide-ranging contributions that extend and deepen connections between all aspects of the division of labour: from the production networks that underpin the global economy, to the gendered and racial divides that shape how work is allocated and organised. We welcome contributions that explore the (re)organisation of work during and following the COVID-19 pandemic and hope that submissions are able to consider this new context for work and its political economy.

Like the ILPC conference, the journal adopts a pluralist approach to theory, method and discipline. Theoretical pieces and empirical analyses are equally welcomed, and we encourage contributions from both emerging and existing scholars. Foregrounding the diverse interests that compose labour and capital in the Global South and North, the journal will promote interdisciplinary and international agendas that have broad appeal to scholars and students of the sociology of work, employment relations and human resource management, organisational studies, political economy, labour geography, labour history and development studies.

The core criteria for acceptance for publication in WGE are academic rigour and critical conceptualisation. Eligible articles should bring new empirical insights that advance analysis in theoretical or empirical directions. They should address the profound changes taking place in economy and society that impact on work and employment. Contributions should advance research agendas and aim to be at the forefront of analytical and policy debates exploring issues such as digitalisation, automation, climate change and global health crisis as sites of contestation and transformation.  

The first two issues will be published as a double launch issue in October 2021. WGE will be available online. We will seek ranking in the Social Sciences, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Economics, Econometrics and Finance, Sociology and Political Science categories of SSCI at the earliest opportunity.

Read our instructions for authors for information on how to submit a paper.

If you have any questions regarding your submission please contact the Editors in Chief, Sian Moore and Kirsty Newsome, at editors.workintheglobaleconomy@gmail.com.