Labour in East and Southeast Europe. Institutions and Practices between Formality and Informality – Conference Report

by Olga Popova, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS), Regensburg, and David Martineau, CERES, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto / IOS, Regensburg

On June 26-28, 2014, the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, organized its Second Annual Conference. The interdisciplinary conference was devoted to the relationships between formal and informal labour in East and Southeast Europe. IOS received 138 excellent submissions across a wide range of disciplines, including economics, sociology, history, and anthropology. 19 papers were selected for the presentation. During the conference, participants discussed a variety of topics such as informal employment, migration and informal networks, representations of labour, inequalities and non-work, social capital and trust. Weiterlesen

Annual Conference on Labour – Book of Abstracts online

The Second IOS Annual Conference on “Labour in East and Southeast Europe: Institutions and Practices Between Formality and Informality” will be held from June, 26-28.


Work is one of the most essential aspects of life – both from the viewpoint of individuals and the society as a whole. It is a social practice where life-courses intersect with power hierarchies, ideologies, institutional regulations, and economic forces. The impact of formal and informal institutions on the functioning of labour markets is well documented and varies considerably across time and space. Weiterlesen