Lawrence Root is a professor in University of Michigan's School of Social Work. His research and practice have focused on the intersection of employment and social welfare. He has directed programs and published in the areas of fringe benefits and social policy, employee assistance programs, aging and work, work-family flexibility, employment issues among low-income individuals, and international labor. From 1993 to 2008, he directed the University's Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (subsequently re-organized as the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy). During that time, he worked extensively with union-management joint programs and, with colleagues, developed Institute programs, such as “Urban Entrepreneurship” and “Labor and Global Change.” Within the University, he chaired of the President’s Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights, which addressed sweatshop conditions in the apparel industry.
Recent international work has included projects developing labor-management committees in Chinese companies and developing methods for assessing labor standards as a part of trade agreements. This work has been funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of State. Most recently he has been working on developing educational and research opportunities in India.
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School of Social Work
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Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations
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|1980||PhD||Social Service Administration||University of Chicago, IL|
|1971||MSS||Community Organizations/Social Planning||Bryn Mawr College, PA|
|1968||AB||Philosophy/Religion||Haverford College, PA|
Root, L. S., & Young, Jr., A. A. (2011). Workplace flexibility and worker agency: Finding short-term flexibility within a highly structured workplace. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 638, 86-102.
Root, L., & Dickinson, K. K. (2010). Joint programs in the auto industry and the shaping of human services. In P. A. Kurzman, & R. P. Maiden (Eds.), Union Contributions to Labor Welfare Policy and Practice: Past, Present, and Future. New York: Routledge.
Rudd, E., & Root, L. S. (2008). We pass the baby off at the factory gates: Work and family in the manufacturing midwest. In E. Rudd & L. Descartes (Eds.), The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class. New York: Lexington Books.