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CfP 'Climate Change and Industrial Relations’ Special Issue: Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol.64(4), September 2022

Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR)


‘Climate Change and Industrial Relations’

Special Issue: Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol.64(4), September 2022

Organisers and Special Issue Guest-Editors:

Dr Frances Flanagan, University of Sydney Business School, Australia

Dr Caleb Goods, University of Western Australia, Australia

The objective and aim of the special issue

Industrial relations and anthropogenic climate change are deeply entwined phenomena. Climate change is the product of work. Human labour is necessary at the point of fossil fuel extraction and is crucial in its manufacture into the products and infrastructures that underpin modern, emissions-intensive societies. Future shifts to low-carbon societies are similarly dependent on human labour, without which the vast programs of reconfigured transportation, housing, energy, cities, health and agricultural systems that are necessary to return humanity into a ‘safe operating space’ cannot be realised. Questions of how different forms of work are valued, organised, and regulated are thus inseverable from environmental policy: we can neither understand the environmental and social contexts for the continued promulgation of emissions-intensive practices, nor imagine and promote their alternatives, without grappling with industrial relations.

Industrial relations, in turn, have been profoundly shaped by fossil extraction processes, and the vast global production networks such fuels underpin, in the past and the present. Modern trade unions were born with the industrial revolution, and with them practices for the exercise of collective power and paradigms of rights, law, value and regulation that continue to inform the organisation of work today. More than two centuries of emissions are also shaping the nature of work in a direct physical sense, by destabilising the ecological conditions for its safe performance, changing the places that are available for human habitation and labour, and rendering the myriad systems that are crucial to work – from food supply to stable geopolitics – more precarious and crisis-prone. 2/


The scope, themes and topics to be addressed by the special issue

For this special issue, ‘Climate Change and Industrial Relations’, we invite papers that aim to advance scholarship on the mutuality of climate change and industrial relations, and add to our understanding of the ways in which climate changes shapes industrial relations, and the ways in which industrial relations shapes climate change.

We encourage authors to develop their own interpretations of this mutuality, but they may consider the following:

Labour, capital and states in the making and maintenance of fossil fuel hegemonies


Labour, capital and states in contesting fossil fuel hegemonies


Rethinking labour regulation for climate-changed workplaces: rights, responsibilities and institutions



Varieties of (fossil) capitalism? States and regulation of labour and environment in comparative perspective


Submission to the special issue process:

Abstracts of between 500-1,000 words should be submitted to the Guest Editors (see contact details below) by 30 September 2020. The full paper to be submitted online to the JIR for peer review by 14 May 2021. All submitted abstracts will be examined by the Guest Editors for suitability for the special issue.

All submitted papers must be based on original material and not under consideration by any other journal or outlet. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Guest Editors and only those papers that fit within the aims and scope of the special issue and meet the academic and editorial standards of the journal, are sent out for external review. All papers will undergo a full double-blind review process and will be evaluated by the Guest Editors of the special issue and at least two independent reviewers.


Questions related to the content and logistics of the symposium should be directed to the Guest Editors (see contact details below). While participation in the symposium is not a mandatory condition for submissions to this special issue, we strongly encourage it. The guest editors aim to host a digital symposium on 17 February 2021 (exact format to be determined).

Those who are successful will be expected to submit their full paper (formatted to JIR standards) for discussion by 3 February 2021 so that papers can be distributed (in pdf format) to other participants to read prior to the symposium. 4/5


Special issue – Timeline:


 Publication of the special issue, JIR Vol. 64(4), September 2022


Guidelines for contributors – Summary:

− The length of the full manuscript (including references, tables etc.) should be around 10,000 words (max). Please note that it would not be possible for us to consider papers for publication unless they are within the standard length (so longer papers are not possible to publish nor is a large number of tables/figures possible to include).

− The anonymised manuscript should include a separate title page: with the author(s) affiliation and full contact details: full name of author(s), institutional affiliation, postal and email addresses (noting the corresponding author). Authors to also provide a brief biographical note (100 word limit/author) to the title page.

− The manuscript should include a brief abstract (150-200 words) and keywords (4-5 words).

− The manuscript should follow the Harvard (author, date) system of referencing, with ‘endnotes’ (if necessary and kept brief) rather than ‘footnotes’.

− For the full JIR submission guidelines and style guide, please consult the JIR website at



JIR online submission process:

The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Simply visit to login and submit your article online.

How to submit a manuscript to the JIR online?

1. Navigate to the JIR’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site at

2. If you are not already registered, you will need to register with the system first to submit a manuscript.

3. To register, click the Create Account tab for new users.

4. Supply the requested information.

5. You will need to enter information in fields marked with a "req."

6. Please take note of the user ID and password you create, for future use to log into the system.

7. Once your account is created, click the link to log in.

8. To submit a manuscript, click the Author Center link, and then select Click here to submit a manuscript.


IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

Contact details:

Organisers and Special Issue Guest-Editors:

Dr Frances Flanagan

University of Sydney Business School, Australia


Dr Caleb Goods

UWA, Australia


Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR):

JIR Editorial Office



25th June 2020