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The Global Market of Unskilled Labor

A Research Conference


University of California, Davis

Friday, October 25, 2013

Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room


8:30am   Registration Check-in & Coffee Reception


9:00am   Welcome:           M. Anne Visser, Ph.D., Conference Chair

Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Development

Department of Human Ecology


David Campbell, Ph.D., Vice Chair

Community and Regional Development

Community Studies Specialist, UC Cooperative Extension


Mary Delany, Ph.D., Interim Dean

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

John and Joan Fiddyment Endowed Chair in Agriculture, Department of Animal Science


9:30am - 11:15am                                                                       Moderator: M. Anne Visser, Ph.D.

The Economic, Political, and Social Contexts of Migration and the Informal Economy

      Migration and the Informalization of Low-Wage Work: Examining an Empirically Evasive Relationship

                Sam Scott, Ph.D. University of Gloucestershire (United Kingdom)


      The Invisible Hand?: Understanding the Placement of Migrants in Low Wage and Informal Employment in the United States

                Hector R. Cordero-Guzman, Ph.D. Baruch College, CUNY (United States)


      The Informal Economy and Immigrants’ Labor Market Regularization

                Edwin J. Meléndez, Ph.D. Hunter College, CUNY (United States)


      Incorporation of Multiple Forms of an “Informal” Labor Force in Changing Japanese Labor Markets: Analysis in the Local and Global Context

                Akihiro Koido, Ph.D Hitotsubashi University (Japan)


11:30am - 1:00 pm                                                                          Moderator: David Kyle, Ph.D.

Migration and Informal Employment: Analyses of the Construction Sector

      Power through Problem Solving: Latino Immigrants and the Incompleteness of Economic Restructuring

                Nichola J. Lowe, Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)


      Culture at Work: Polish Migrants in the Ethnic Division of Labor on Norwegian Construction Sites

                Jon Horgen Friberg, Ph.D. Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (Norway)


      Day Labor after the Great Recession: The View from Seattle

                Nik Theodore, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago (United States)


Lunch – SCC Patio, 1:00-2:00PM (Registered Conference Participants Only)


2:00pm - 3:00pm

Keynote Address - Alejandro Portes, Ph.D. Princeton University


3:15pm - 5:00pm                                                                          Moderator: Erin R. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Migration and Informal Employment: Analyses of the Agriculture Sector

      Immigration and Farm Labor Markets

                Philip Martin, Ph.D. University of California, Davis (United States)


      Contextualizing Global Labor Migration: How Norway’s Docile, Disempowered, and Detached Migrant

      Farm Workers became Integrated into the Welfare State

                Johan Fredrik Rye, Ph.D. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)


      Beach Pebble Stone Workers in Mexico’s Baja California: The Formation of a Transnational Market

                Christian Zlolniski, Ph.D. The University of Texas at Arlington (United States)


      Farmworkers in California Organic Agriculture: Lessons from a Critical Case Study

                Thea Rittenhouse & Ryan Galt, Ph.D. University of California, Davis (United States)



Saturday, October 26, 2013

Walter E. Buehler Alumni & Visitor Center, AGR Room


8:30am       Registration Check-in & Coffee Reception


9:00am - 10:30am                                                                       Moderator: Chris Benner, Ph.D.

Migration and Informal Employment: Analyses of the Service Sector

    Advancing Political Citizenship: Social Economy Organizations and the Translocal Policy Subsystems Surrounding Low Wage Migrant Service Workers in the United States

                Lisa Kresge University of California, Davis (United States)


    State Labor Brokerage, the Migration Industry and Informal Workers: A Case Study of Filipino Caregivers

               Robyn Rodriguez, Ph.D. University of California, Davis (United States)


    Understanding the Determinants of Engaging in Informal Domestic Work: The Experience of Migrant Women in Sacramento

                Guadalupe Rodriguez University of California, Davis (United States)   


10:30am - 12:15pm                                                                    Moderator: Nik Theodore, Ph.D.

The Socioeconomic Integration of Migrants Engaged in the Informal Economy

    Global Trends of Unskilled Labor Migrations

                Giovanni Peri, Ph.D. University of California, Davis (United States)


    Toward the Transnational Social Question: Social Inequalities Out of Social Protection

                Thomas Faist, Ph.D. Bielefeld University (Germany)


    Promoting Integration from the Margins: Social Economy Organizations and the Socioeconomic Inclusion of Migrants Engaged in Informal Employment

                M. Anne Visser, Ph.D. University of California, Davis (United States)


    Upgrading Informality: Organizing, Regulating, and Worker Centers

                Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (United States)


Lunch – Alumni Center, Moss Patio, 12:30-1:30PM

(Registered Conference Participants Only)


1:30pm - 2:45pm                                                                                           Moderator: Luis E. Guarnizo, Ph.D.

Closing Round Table

      Alejandro Portes, Ph.D.

      Thomas Faist, Ph.D.

      Giovanni Peri, Ph.D.

      Hector R. Cordero-Guzman, Ph.D

      M. Anne Visser, Ph.D.