Contemporary issues in long-distance commute work in the extractive industries and other sectors

Conference Paper Presentation, University of Vienna, 8-10 July 2013

Professor Adele Ladkin recently attended the conference “Contemporary issues in long-distance commute work in the extractive industries and other sectors”.


The conference was one outcome of the multi-disciplinary research project ‘Lives on the Move – Vakhtoviki in North-Western Siberia and in the Komi Republic’ a qualitative empirical account of Long-distance Commute Work in the Russian Federation´s Oil and Gas Industries. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna & Institute for Urban and Regional Research (ISR) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)


The conference focused around contemporary scientific discussions, theory and methodology in the study of LDC labour issues. Contributions included explorations of various aspects of long distance commute work from the perspectives of the workers, their families and communities where long distance commute work is prevalent. Research studies from Russia, Canada, and Australia amongst others were presented.

On behalf of the Family Rituals 2.0 team Professor Ladkin presented a paper “Family Rituals 2.0. Overcoming distance in the work-life balance of mobile workers.” As our research is in its infancy, the presentation focused on framing the context of the problem and the multi-disciplinary methodological approach.

Professor Ladkin commented, “the conference presented an ideal opportunity to present the very early stages of our research. It was extremely useful to learn about the existing research in the area of long distance commute work, and of particular relevance to our study is the relationship between those who work at a distance and their families.

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