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Labour markets in developing countries: what's new, what's old? Event

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16:00 - 17:30
20 February 2013
Location tbc

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Alison Simmance on 023 8059 3244 or email .

Event details

The University of Southampton will be celebrating the UN World Day of Social Justice with a special afternoon seminar on ‘Labour markets in developing countries: what's new, what's old?’ by Duncan C. Campbell, Director for Policy Planning in Employment at the International Labour Office (ILO).

The United Nations' (UN) World Day of Social Justice is held on the 20 February and aims to support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

In developing countries, labour markets play a central role in determining economic and social progress since employment status is one of the key determinants of exiting poverty and promoting inclusion. The talk will discuss the latest developments and thoughts in the role of labour markets in developing countries as well as the challenges between the development processes and labour market outcomes (incl. growth, distribution, employment and poverty specific labour market issues, policies and gender).

The seminar is jointly organised by the Work Futures Research Centre and Sustainability Science at Southampton USRGs which together provide expertise in the areas of employment, labour migration and economic impact, sustainable development, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.    

All are welcome to attend this free afternoon seminar. Refreshments will be provided. Please register via contacting Alison Simmance (  

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Sustainability depends on building markets that do a better job of spreading the benefits of development. It means meeting growing consumer demand for greener products and services. And it means laying the foundations for dignity, stability and opportunity for all. As we strive to make this transformation, we must integrate social inclusion into our policies and other efforts.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations - Message for the 2012 World Day of Social Justice

Speaker information

Duncan C. Campbell,Duncan Campbell is the Director for Policy Planning in Employment at the International Labour Office and a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour, IZA. He joined the ILO in 1990 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he had been a member of the Management Department faculty and Associate Director of the Center for Human Resources. His work and publications have focused on industrial organization, labour markets and employment, the economics of labour standards, and policy coherence and policy choices relative to productive employment as a central macroeconomic variable, and, most recently, behavioural economics approaches to the non-material dimensions of work. He has worked extensively in South and Southeast Asia and was based at the ILO’s Bangkok office for four years. At headquarters, he was responsible for World Employment Report 2001 on information and communication technologies and the world of work, as well as, World Employment Report 2004-05: Employment, Productivity, and Poverty Reduction. He is a citizen of the USA, has an A.B. from Bowdoin College, an M.A., M.B.A., and a PhD (with distinction) from the Applied Economics Graduate Group, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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