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4th International Symposium on Meaningful Work

Bush House, Strand Campus , London

22 Jun Bush House - Image credit Nick Wood (14)

4th International Symposium on Meaningful Work: meaningful work and sustainable careers

We are delighted to announce that the fourth biannual International Symposium on Meaningful Work will be held on 22 June 2020 at King’s College London, following previous events held in Oxford, Auckland and Amsterdam.

The symposium aims to bring together scholars from any discipline with an interest in meaningful work, and this year’s one-day event has a particular focus on career sustainability. Some of the questions we will be addressing include:

• How can meaningful work be sustained through the course of a career?
• How can individuals develop a meaningful career trajectory in the current climate of precarity?
• As retirement ages increase, how does meaningfulness change over the life course?

The conference will feature keynote addresses from Professor Marjo Lips-Wiersma, Auckland University of Technology, and Professor Christopher Michaelson, University of St Thomas.

We welcome empirical and theoretical submissions that address the core themes of the symposium and the wider topic of meaningful work. This event will also include a dedicated workshop for doctoral students.

We are in discussion with a journal about a special issue linked to the theme of the symposium. Extended abstracts of 1,000 words should be submitted to by 27 March 2020. The abstract should state whether the paper is intended for the main symposium or doctoral workshop.


This is a one-day symposium followed by a conference dinner. Further information about registration arrangements will be released in due course.

Steering Committee:

Katie Bailey, King’s College London
Marjo Lips-Wiersma, Auckland University of Technology
Evgenia Lysova, VU University Amsterdam
Adrian Madden, University of Greenwich
Christopher Michaelson, University of St Thomas
Ruth Yeoman, University of Oxford and King’s College London

Please note that booking for this event has not yet started.

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