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4th International Symposium on Meaningful Work: Meaningful Work and Sustainable Careers

Bush House, Strand Campus , London

22 Jun man-wearing-brown-suit-jacket-3184339 Part of King's Business School: Meaning and Purpose Network

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 of Auckland University of Technology and Professor Christopher Michaelson of the University of St Thomas.

Call for Papers:

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.

The conference is linked to a forthcoming Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics edited by Dr Evgenia Lysova, Professor Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, Professor Katie Bailey, Dr Luke Fletcher, Professor Peter McGhee and Professor Christopher Michaelson: ‘Ethics and the Future of Meaningful Work’.

The symposium is associated with the Special Issue on “Ethics and the Future of Meaningful Work” to appear in Journal of Business Ethics. Therefore, it provides an opportunity to receive feedback about the suitability and the fit of the submitted work to the Special Issue. More information on the Special Issue can be found online

Extended abstracts of 1,000 words should be submitted to by Friday 27 March 2020. The abstract should state whether the paper is intended for the main symposium or the doctoral workshop.

More information on the Call to Papers can be found at the Journal of Business Ethics


This is a one-day symposium followed by a conference dinner on board Bateaux London where we will sail along the River Thames

Conference registration fee: £100

Doctoral student conference registration fee: £75

Conference dinner fee: £80

Please click here to register for the conference and dinner.

The symposium will be followed by a separate one-day conference on 23 June 2020 aimed at a practitioner audience. We are delighted to announce that Professor Marjo Lips-Wiersma and Professor Christopher Michaelson will present at the practitioner event, along with Jonny Gifford of the CIPD.  

This event is part of the King’s College Meaning and Purpose Network (MaPNet) series. Further information about the practitioner event and registration is available here.


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

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