The GLRC focuses its research agenda around four major themes:

1. Work, Employment & Labour Rights

The theme of ‘Work, Employment and Labour Rights’ brings together faculty and students with research interests in the areas of labour market regulation, labour law, labour market policy, and human rights. This research theme concentrates research initiatives around the study of labour rights at local, national, international, and transnational scales with particular attention to processes of gendering and racialization.

2. Labour, Migration & Citizenship

With growing international and intra-national movements of some and constraints on the movement of others, as well as increased capital mobility linked to new regimes of trade and investment, patterns of work and employment connect increasingly to citizenship and migration studies. In response to this burgeoning area of research, the theme of ‘Labour, Migration & Citizenship’ brings together faculty and students with research interests in the areas of internal and international migration and work and employment studies, particularly those with research orientations attuned to processes of racialization and gendering, and to politics of social justice and equity.

3. Work, Employment & Gender Relations

One of York’s internationally recognized strengths is in the field of feminist political economy. A large number of faculty identify with this tradition, and the study of work and gender relations takes place across disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields such as Women’s & Sexuality Studies, History, Geography, Environmental Studies, Law, Political Science, Sociology, Labour Studies, Development Studies, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Health Studies. This theme is oriented towards exploring gender relations in paid and unpaid work, as well as within labour movements.

4. Labour Movement Revitalization

This theme builds upon York University’s strength as home for a number of leading scholars of labour and social justice movements, both in Canada and internationally. Research within this theme addresses the question of how workers and other groups subject to economic and social injustice can build their capacities for progressive, equitable and democratic social transformations.