Labor & Worklife Program: A Program of the Harvard Law School

Labor & Worklife Program

The Labor & Worklife Program is Harvard University’s center for research, teaching and creative problem solving related to the world of work and its implications for society.  Located at Harvard Law School, LWP brings together scholars, students, practitioners, community members and policy experts from a variety of disciplines.  LWP organizes projects and programs that (1) examine critical changes in labor markets, labor law, and the experiences of working people and (2) analyze the role of advocates, unions, worker organizations, business, and government in improving the quality of life for working families in the U.S. and around the world.  The faculty, staff, fellows and research associates of LWP include an array of nationally and internationally renowned scholars, experts and intellectuals.

LWP carries out its mission through three main activities:

  • Convenings and Policy Development:  LWP regularly holds forums, conferences, and strategy summits and produces scholarship, analysis, and policy proposals to advance innovative solutions for the challenges facing working families.
  • Research:  LWP serves as the institutional home at Harvard for scholars from the fields of law, economics, sociology, history and other disciplines working on labor and worklife issues.  LWP creates an intellectual community for scholars from across the U.S. and around the world.
  • Harvard Trade Union Program:  LWP is the home of the Harvard Trade Union Program, the oldest executive leadership program at Harvard.  HTUP works closely with trade unions around the world to bring excellence in labor education to trade union leadership.