Conferences attended

November 2013: Sonia McKay was a keynote speaker on Women migrants in hard times, at a conference on Labour in hard times, organised by the  Institute of Employment Rights.

October 2013: Sonia McKay was a keynote speaker on Transnational aspects of undeclared work and the role of EU legislation, at the European Labour Law Network, 6th Annual Legal Seminar: undeclared work, Frankfurt.

September 2013: Sonia McKay was a keynote speaker on In the shadows – undocumented migrants, status and employment, at the Industrial Law Conference, Oxford, September 2013.

June 2013: Sonia McKay presented a paper, The manifestation of norms in unregulated labour markets, for the European Industrial Relations Conference, Amsterdam.

April 2013: Alice Bloch presented a paper, Employment, Social Networks and Undocumented Migrants: The Employer Perspective, for the British Sociological Conference, London in April. 

April 2013: Leena Kumarappan  presented a paper, Rights of migrant workers: exploring illegal/irregular/undocumented migration in the UK , at the conference of  'Historical Materialism: New Cultures of the Left' at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 3-5 April 2013. The conference was hosted by the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, JNU and co-sponsored by the Indian Council for Social Science Research.

March 2013: Sonia McKay presented 2 papers, The juncture of status and labour lawThe effect of de-professionaliisation within the legal profession on undocumented migrants, at the Socio-Legal Studies Conference at York University on 26-28 March.

March 2013: Sonia McKay presented a paper, Hidden dishes – how food gets on our plates: undocumented migrants and the restaurant sector , at the International Labour Process Conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick on 18-20 March.

June 2012: Sonia McKay delivered a paper on Precarious work in Europe at the British Universities Industrial Relations Association annual conference. The paper focused on undocumented workers as the group most at risk of being in precarious work.

May 2012: Alice Bloch delivered an invited paper at the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship, The New School for Social Research, New York,   ‘Rejected asylum seekers living as irregular migrants in England: Everyday lives and extraordinary fears’. The paper examined the ways in which irregular migrants, who had been refused asylum in the UK, survive economically and how they make decisions about social and community interactions in light of their need to remain hidden.

May 2012: In a paper delivered to a conference on Resocialisng Europe held at University College, London Sonia McKay argues that undocumented work results in the diminution of employers’ duties and risks and that its effect is to shift risks from employers to workers.

April 2012: Alice Bloch was invited to the Center for Refugee Studies at York University, Toronto, to give a paper as part of their 2011-12 Public Seminar Series, Changes in Contemporary Refugee and Immigration Policy and Practice. She spoke about the labour market experiences and employment strategies of young undocumented migrants and the ways in which social and economic capital affect these experiences.

January 2012: At a conference on Beyond labour regulation held at Middlesex University, Sonia McKay was invited to speak on methodological problems in migration research. Sonia described the methodology being developed by UNDOCNET to make connections with both undocumented migrants and ethnic enclave employers, both usually identified as within ‘hard to reach’ groups.

December 2011: Alice Bloch was a distinguished speaker for the New Challenges in Refugee Integration seminar series, 2011-2012 organized to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Council organised by the Refugee Law Initiative and Refugee Council. She gave a paper ‘Employment, Integration, Exclusion and Human Rights’ which explored the impact of policy on the employment experiences of forced migrants.