LERA 26th Annual PhD Student Consortium

"Bridging Knowledge and Collaboration"

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 8:30 – 11:15 am

(Held in Conjunction with the LERA 76th Annual Meeting, June 26-30, 2024)

The 2023 consortium was sponsored by contributions from:

Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Florida International University, College of Business
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management and IWER

Michigan State University, School or Human Resources and Labor Relations
Pennsylvania State University, School of Labor and Employment Relations
Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations
The Heller School at Brandeis University 
The Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University
University of Saskatchewan, Edwards School of Business 
University of Toronto, Center for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor & Employment Relations

Thank you graphic 


26th PhD Student Consortium Co-Chairs:

need picture Tommaso Pio Danese Carla Aranzaes

Yichen Liu
University of Toronto

Tommaso Pio Danese
University of Genoa, Italy

Carla Cecilia Lima Aranzaes
Michigan State University


What to expect

This year’s doctoral consortium invites participants to reflect on the importance of establishing networks for the purpose of expanding and disseminating information and knowledge within the labor domain. The focus is on fostering bridges among various societal actors who can collaborate and contribute to research efforts from a multiplicity of perspectives and positions. Through a reflection on  the concept of collaborative networks, the goal is to stimulate a debate on its meaning and how it can be enacted in our research, by cultivating relationships not only within the academic environment, but also with corporations, labor organizations, and communities, following the principles of mutualism of knowledge and practice, and diversification of collective voice to support a creative and flexible growth of the labor movement.

The consortium will be divided into three moments. The first moment will feature a discussion on activism, collaborative research, and analytical boundaries, from the perspective of a journal’s editor. The second moment will consist of a session on how to build collaborative networks in four different arenas: a) building collaborative networks with firms; b) building collaborative scholar networks; c) building research - labor actors’ collaborative networks; d) building collaborative networks with the state/government. In more detail, for each collaborative area there will be a guest speaker to discuss the opportunities and challenges that characterize collaborations with scholars, companies, civil society, and the state/government. Finally, the last moment will be dedicated to thematic rotating tables where we can discuss the four collaborative arenas discussed during the previous panel.


2024 LERA PhD Student Consortium Agenda

8:30 - 8:45 am – Breakfast, welcome, and introductions

8:45 - 9:30 am – keynote speech by editor

9:30 - 9:40 am – break 

9:40 - 10:40 am – smaller presentations

Building collaborative networks

Speaker 1: Building collaborative networks with Firms/Corporations (20 min)
Speaker 2: Building collaborative scholar networks (20 min)
Speaker 3: Building research-labor actors collaborative networks (20 min)
Speaker 4: Building collaborative networks with the state/government/International organizations 

10:40 - 11:05 am – Rotating roundtables – Building networks

11:05 - 11:15 am Closing

Evening activities to be determined


You will have the opportunity to RSVP to this event at the time that you register for the LERA 76th Annual Meeting, June 26-30, 2024, Manhattan, NY. If you are already registered and would like to attend this consortium, please contact [email protected] so it can be added to your registration.


The registration fee includes access to both the PhD Student Consortium and to the entire 5 days of LERA Triad Meetings being held June 26-30, 2024.

Register at https://lera.memberclicks.net/triad-2024-nyc. For best price register by the early bird discount deadline, March 25, 2024. Registration fee is deeply discounted for LERA student members.


Depending on fundraising, students attending the consortium may be reimbursed all or a portion of the student rate ($186) for their meeting registration fees following the conference. You will need to be present at the consortium and sign-in. Following the consortium, refunds will made to the card you used when you registered.