2011: PhD in Social Sciences, Cardiff University
‘Transient Working Lives: Migrant Women’s Everyday Politics in London’s Hospitality Industry’
2007: MSc Social Sciences Research Methods, Cardiff University
Dissertation ‘Exploring the relation between migration management and EU strategies for employment. An ethnographic study of the policy process at the European Parliament’ (distinction)
2006: BA Political Sciences, First Class, Department of Politics, Institutions and History, University of Bologna, Italy
2012- to date: Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations, Leeds University Business School
2011-2012: ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London
May-December 2010: research contractor ‘Labor Unions and The Civic Integration of Immigrant Workers: UK Case Study on Hotel and Catering Workers’, appointed by Cornell ILR School/International and Comparative Labor, Ithaca, NY
April-November 2007: Intern, European Parliament, Brussels. Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
September–December 2005: External Research Collaborator, ‘Special Action Program to combat Forced Labour’, International Labour Office, Geneva
Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change PROFILE.
My research engages with the topics of labour migration and the changing patterns of work and employment in the service industries across Industrial Relations, sociology, geography and organisation studies. It urges to consider the impact of migrant employment on national and transnational labour markets, workplaces and HRM practices. I am particularly concerned about the current precarisation of work and changes in the employment relation with a focus on the intersection of migration, gender and temporary work. These trends are compelling in low-paid service jobs characterised by the subcontracting of recrutiment to third party agencies, a focus of my doctoral reserch on migrant working lives in the hospitality industry.
One of the key motivations of my academic work is to sustain a productive cross-pollination between research, policies and practices on the ground, with the aim of promoting effective changes at work and improving the economic and social conditions of marginalised workers. I am particularly interested in trade unions' organizational renewal in relation to labour migration, the modernisation of employment relations, and their impact on equality and diversity in the workplace. I collaborate with colleagues at the Centre for Employment Innovation and Change to carry out innovative research on these topics. I am currently writing an ESRC grant for a new project on 'Labour mobility and the impact of Temporary Staffing Agencies in transnational perspective' to explore the growing use of recruitment agencies of migrant labour in the service industry.
I am interested in supervising students working on diversity, migration and precarious work, recruitment subcontracting, trade unions and transnationalism, affective labour and resistance in the service industries.
December 2016: ’Social protection for workers in the collaborative economy’ CERIC (PI Chris Forde and Mark Stuart) as part of the European Parliament Tender for a multiple framework service agreement with the Employment and Social Affairs Committee
November 2016-January 2018 ’Migration, equality and social cohesion: promoting inter-community dialogue in times of change’. Leeds Social Sciences Institue, Responsive Mode Fund (Total amount of IAA funding requested £8,500, total value of the project £ 10,000) with Chris Forde (WERD) and Louise Waite (Geography) External partner: Leeds City Council
September 2015-ongoing ’Migration, Development and Global Transformations’ (MDGT) World University Network research development fund (RDF) (with Chris Forde) £11,000 (as part of larger WUN RDF, PI Ann Singleton, Bristol University)
June 2016-ongoing: Mobility grant for leaners and staff ‘Erasmus Plus programme’ between the University of Leeds LUBS and the University of Padua Sociology department FISSPA. (PGRs Matt Cole (UoL) and Francesco Iannuzzi (UoP) working on the political economy of the hospitality sector and migrant labour in Italy and the UK.
February-June 2016 Exploring migrant and inter-mediated employment in the service economy of Italy LUBS Seedcorn Funding £2,000
May 2016-ongoing Europe, migration and the new politics of (in)security White Rose Research Collaboratin Fund (PI Alexandra Hall, University of York in collaboraiton with University of Leeds and Sheffield)(£10960). With Deirdre Conlon and Louise Waite School of Geography University of Leeds)
Early Career Researchers Forum Event Developing future agendas in welfare to work research
Friday 27th January 2017 University of Leeds, BSA and LUBS seedcorn match funding (£1,000plus LUBS seedcorn) with PI Jo Ingold (WERD) and Ruth Patrick 9Liverpool University)
September 2014-April 2015: ‘EU Social and Labour Rights and EU Internal Market Law’ (PI Professor Dagmar Schiek, Queen University Belfast) See lubswww.leeds.ac.uk/ceric/eu-social-rightsinternal-market-law/ (Total grant. €114,555)
May 2013: European Parliament Tender for a multiple framework service agreement with the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) (PI Andrea Wigfield, Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds University)
September 2010-September 2012: ‘Labour Unions and the Integration of Immigrant Workers’ research project. PI Lowell Turner, ILR/Cornell, funded by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Carnegie Corporation and the Public Welfare Foundation.
May 2011- May 2012: ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, ‘Transnational mobility, temporariness and political engagement: the everyday experiences of migrant women in the hospitality industry in London’, £ 60,566.20, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London
My activity in the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change at LUBS involves collaborative research on migration and labour mobility in a transnational perspective, trade unions and precarious migrant employment. With Professor Robert MacKenzie, Professor Chris Forde and Zynovijus Cypius we are currently interested in supervising doctoral projects related to:
• The management of migration: labour and migration policy regimes
• Transnational mobility and temporary staffing agencies
• Work experiences and regulation of migrant employment
• The impact of migrant labour on HRM strategies
Other areas of interest for supervising PhD students involve:
• Temporary work, mobility and the crisis of worker representation
• Comparative research on migrant workers’ integration in trade unions (with Dr Jane Holgate, LUBS)
• Community organizing, trade union renewal and social movement unionism
• Workforce diversity, equality, intersectionality
• Migrant women’s empowerment and innovative trade union learning
• The hospitality industry and low-paid service sector employment
• Affective and embodied labour processes in the hotel industry
If you would like to contact me about a proposal or application, please do so via email: email@example.com
Doctoral student supervision:
Meenakshi Sarkar: British Pakistani taxi drivers: An insight on class, culture and employment habitus
(Co-Supervisor with Jane Holgate)
Calum Carson: Citizens UK campaign for the Living Wage in Britain since it's establishment in 2001 With (Co-Supervisor with Kate Hardy)
Francesco Iannuzzi: Migrant Labour in the Hospitality sector in Venice (as part of the Erasmums Plus PGR exchange programme (Co-supervisor with Devi Sacchetto, University of Padova)
John Harwood (supervised with Professor H. Zhang WRoCAH funding. Chinese Migrant Workers in Japan labour market and societal changes
- LUBS5330M Human Resource Management Core Course (MA in HRM/DV)
- LUBS5339M - International Employment Policy and Labour Mobility (MA in HRM/DV)
- LUBS3311 - Human Resource Management Dissertation (BA in HRM)
- LUBS2000 - Management, Work and Organisations (BA HRM)
- LUBS2060 - Contemporary Industrial Relations (BA HRM)
January 2015-present: Member of Editorial Board of the journal Work Employment and Society
September 2015-present: Member and co-founder of the Leeds Migration Research Network, University of Leeds http://mrn.leeds.ac.uk/
January 2014-present: Member of the Social and Environmental Justice Action Network, Leeds University
June 2012-present: Member of the British Sociological Association
May 2012- present: Member of the Centre for Employment, Innovation and Change, Leeds University Business School
2011-present: member of the academic European network Immigration, Immigrants and Trade Unions in Europe (IITUE)
October 2016-ongoing: External examiner Doctoral Exam board of the University of Padua, Department of Sociology (FISSPA)
Schiek, D., Oliver, L., Forde, C., Alberti, G. (2015) EU Social and Labour Rights and EU Internal Market Law. Directorate General for Internal Policies. Policy Department A: economic and scientific Policy. Document requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Employment Affairs (EMPL).
International Refereed Journals
Alberti, G. (forthcoming) A new status for migrant workers: restrictions of the free movement of labour in the EU, Mondi Migranti, Special Issue Labour intra-EU migrations: mobiluty models, practices and trajectories of EU citizens
Alberti, G. (2016) ‘Mobilizing and Bargaining at the edge of informality: The 3 Cosas Campagin by outsourced migrant workers at the University of London’ WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society · 1089-7011 · Volume 19 · March 2016 · pp. 81–103
Chris Forde, Robert MacKenzie and Zyama Ciupijus and G, Alberti (2015) ‘Understanding the Connections between Temporary Employment Agencies and Migration’ International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations. Temporary Employment Agencies and Migration Special Issue, Volume 31, December 2015, Issue 4
Alberti, G. (2014) ‘Mobility strategies, ‘mobility differentials’ and ‘transnational exit’: the experiences of precarious migrants in London’s hospitality jobs’, Work Employment and Society, 1-17, published online 4 August 2014
Alberti, G. (2014) ‘Moving beyond the dichotomy of Workplace and Community Unionism: the Challenges of Organising Migrant Workers in London’s Hotels’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, published online 18 June 2014, DOI: 10.1177/0143831X14534907
Alberti, G., J. Holgate and M. Tapia (2013), ‘Organising migrants as workers or as migrant workers? Intersectionality, trade unions and precarious work’, International Journal of Human Resources Management Volume 24, Issue 22, pages 4132-4148.
Alberti G.L (2010) ‘Across the Borders of Lesvos: the gendering of migrants’ detention in the Aegean’, Feminist Review, Vol 94: 138-147
Alberti, G.L, Fischer, S., Graziano, V., Rai, A.S., Rübner-Hansen, B. and Zechner, M. (forthcoming) ‘In the Event of Resonance: Experimentations with Antagonism, Sympathy and the Common’, Women In and Beyond the Global.
Alberti, G. L. (submitted May 2012) Transient Working Lives in London’s Hotels: the Challenges of Migrant Labour for Union and Community Organising, Palgrave Macmillan
Alberti G., and Tapia, M. (forthcoming) The UK experience of mobilizing migrant workers. In R. Jürgen, R. Grote and C. Wagemann (eds) Passions and Interests. Debating the Relationship between Social Movements and Organized Labour
Alberti G. (forthcoming) Il sindacalismo ibrido dei migranti. In Sacchetto D. and Chignola S. (forthcoming) Globalizzazione e crisi: lavoro migrazioni valore. Bologna: Derive e Approdi
Alberti, G. (forthcoming) Expansion of the labour market and migration. In G. Gall (Ed) Handbook on the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment. Edward Elgar
Alberti, G. (2014) Multi-scalar organizing strategies and the question of migrant workers’ participation in trade unions: the hotel industry in London. In: David Jordhus-Lier, and Anders Underthun (eds.) A hospitable world? Tourism and the organisation of work in hotel workplaces. Routledge
Alberti, G. L., Holgate and J., Turner (2014). 'Opportunity and choice for unions organizing immigrant workers: a comparison across countries and industries' In: L. Turner, M. Tapia, and L. Adler (eds) Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Ithaca, New York: ILR-Cornell University Press.
Alberti G. (2013) ‘Discovering Affirming Crossing Boundaries: Contact for Radicals’. In P. Plotegher, Zechner, M., Rübner Hansen, B. (eds.) The Nanopolitics Handbook, Brooklyn NY: Minor Compositions.
Alberti, G. (forthcoming) “Global Unions, Local Power. The new spirit of transnational labour organizing”. By Jamie McCallum- ILR Press, Ithaca and London 2013. Journal of Industrial Relations
Alberti, G., (2014) ‘The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration’, by Martin Ruhs. Princeton University Press, 2013, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 387–389, June 2014. Available here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjir.12062/full
Alberti, G., Barbagallo, C., Cruz, K. Cruz, M., Schwartz, L. (forthcoming) ‘The Problem With Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries’, by Kathi Weeks, Work Employment and Society
Alberti, G.L (2011) ‘Migrant Women Transforming Citizenship’ by Umut Erel, Farnham: Ashgate. Feminist Review, Vol 98
Alberti, G.L (forthcoming) ‘After Citizenship: autonomy of migration and the mobile commons’, Citizenship Studies
Alberti, G., Oliver, L., Greenwood, I. and C.Forde (2016) The business of the June Referendum and labour citizenship in the EU: what’s good for workers? Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change. June 15th 2016. Available at:. https://cericleeds.wordpress.com/
Alberti, G. (2015) The Government of Mobility 2: The (United) Kingdom of workfare versus welfare for migrants Part I. Precarious (Dis)Connections. Available at: http://www.connessioniprecarie.org/2015/01/24/the-government-of-mobility-2-the-united-kingdom-of-workfare-versus-welfare-for-migrants/
Alberti, G. (2015) The Government of Mobility 3. The defeat of the Europe of Rights and conditioned freedom of movement Part II. Precarious (Dis)Connections. Available at: http://www.connessioniprecarie.org/2015/02/09/the-government-of-mobility-3-the-defeat-of-the-europe-of-rights-and-conditioned-freedom-of-movement-part-ii/
Alberti, G. (2014) ‘3Cosas campaign shows migrant workers how to get organised’, The Conversation, Available at theconversation.com/3cosas-campaign-shows-migrant-workers-how-to-get-organised-22625
Alberti, G, Vickers, T., Lewis H. (2014) Immigration Bill 2013-2014, Action against Racism and Xenophobia, May 6th 2014, available at: https://aarx.wordpress.com/
Alberti, G. (2012) ‘The summer riots in the UK’, Crossing Borders - Movements and Struggles of Migration Transnational Newsletter, 10th Issue, August 2012
Alberti, G. (2011) ‘The Hotel Workers Campaign in London: ‘community unionism’ and the challenges of organizing transient labor.’ ILR Worker Institute, Available at: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/workerinstitute/mai/Case-Studies.html
Alberti, G. (2011) ‘Transient labour in London’s hotels: an ethnography of migrants’ experiences at work and challenges for union organising’, ESRC sixth seminar The Impact of Migrant Workers on the Functioning of Labour Markets and Industrial Relations’, Available at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/newsandevents/esrcseminar-migrantlabour/
Co-edited with Devi Sacchetto and Francesca Alice Vianello (Università di Padova): bi-lingual Special issue of on 'Space and Time in Productive and reproductive processes', Sociologia del lavoro (expected publication 2017)
Co-edited with Kate Hardy, Charles Umney, Vera Trappmann and Ioulia Bessa. Work, employment and society Special issue 'In, Against and Beyond Precarity: The Struggles of Insecure Workers' (expected publication 2018)
Alberti, G. (2012) The summer riots in the UK, Crossing Borders - Movements and Struggles of Migration Transnational Newsletter, 10th Issue, August 2012
Alberti, G. L. (forthcoming) ‘The Hotel Industry in London: Community Organizing and the Challenges of Transient Labor’. Case study for the 'Labor Unions and Civic Integration of Immigrant Workers' research project. Online publication, The Worker Institute at Cornell
Alberti, G. L. (2008), Exploring the relation between migration management and EU strategies for employment. An ethnographic study of the policy process at the European Parliament, Postgraduate Cafe Paper, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.
Alberti, G.L. (2008) The Beginning of a Debate - An Interview with Professor Ruth Milkman (Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA).
Alberti, G., and Danaj S. (forthcoming): ‘The difference that migration and employment make: a cross-sectoral analysis of access to employment security and social protection for migrants in the UK’. 17th ILERA World Congress, Cape Town 7-11 September 2015.
Tapia, M., and Alberti, G., (forthcoming) ‘Migrant workers, trade union organising and the sociology of work: methodological and theoretical challenges’
Alberti G. (2015) ‘Mobilizing and bargaining at the edge of informality: The 3 Cosas campaign by outsourced migrant workers at the University of London’. International Labour Process Conference, Athens, 13-15 of April 2015. To be submitted to Working USA
Alberti G. and Però D. (2014) Collective Practices of Low-Paid Latinos in London: Challenging the ‘Ethnic Lens’ of Migration and Labour Studies, XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology (July 13-19, 2014), Yokohama.
Alberti, G., (2014) Organizing intersecting identities: trade unions and precarious migrant workers across the Atlantic, XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology (July 13-19, 2014), Yokohama. Building Global Worker Communities among Migrant Worker Diasporas?
Alberti, G., (2014) ‘Mobile commons’ within and against temporary work: the everyday practices of escape of migrant workers in hospitality jobs’, 2014 RGS Annual Conference, London 26-29 August 2014, “From co-production to alternative futures: social movements, common(s) and ‘other values’”
Alberti, G., MacKenzie, R., Forde C. and Ciupijus, Z. (2014): The Realities of Regulation in Migration: Old and New Alliances between Employment Agencies and Other Actors’ UACES Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Cork,
Alberti, G., MacKenzie, R., Forde C. and Ciupijus, Z. (2013): The political economy of recruitment agencies and migrant workers and in Europe and beyond, to be presented at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists: Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 25-27, 2013
Alberti, G. (2013) Temporariness and precarity in London’s hotels, to be presented at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists: Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 25-27, 2013
Alberti, G. and Chauvin, S. (2013) Organising temporary migrant workers: evidence from France and the UK- as part of the Symposium ‘Evaluating trade union organising in different national contexts’- ILERA Amsterdam- June 2013 To be submitted to 3* journal by end of 2013.
Alberti, G., Holgate, J. and Tapia, M. (2012) Integrating or organising migrant workers? Identities, educational initiatives and new alliances for trade unions in the UK, Accepted for presentation at the “Equality Diversity and Inclusion 2012 Conference”, 23-25 July 2012, Toulouse, France
Alberti, G., (2012) “Strategic intersectionality”: challenges and opportunities for organising migrant labour in London’s hospitality. Accepted for presentation at the “Gender, Work and Organization Conference”, 27th – 29th June 2012, Keele University
Alberti, G., (2012) A transnational view of affective labour and resistance: the everyday embodied relationalities of precarious migrant in London’s hotel, “The Affect Factory Conference: Precarity, Labor, Gender, and Performance”, New York University, New York, February 10 and 11, 2012
Alberti G.L. (2011) Labour stratification and management strategies in London’s hotels: the challenges of organising migrant workers, Paper presented at the Conference ‘Immigrant Workers, Unions, and the Crisis of Capitalism’. 3-6 November 2011, Frankfurt
Alberti G.L. (2011) Transient labour in London’s hotels: an ethnography of migrants’ experiences at work and challenges for union organising, Paper presented at the ESRC seminar series ‘Migrant Labour and Industrial Relations’, Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University, 15 July 2011, London
Alberti G.L. (2011) Negotiating the Gender Constraints of Trade Union Politics: historical genealogies and everyday experiences of migrant women in London’s hotels, ‘Gender and History Forum’, Wadham College, University of Oxford, 7 July 2007, Oxford
Alberti G.L. (2011) Embodied, affective, excessive relationalities: migrant workers’ precarious experiences and everyday resistance in the hospitality sector, Paper presented at the 29th ‘International Labour Process Conference’, University of Leeds, 5-7 April 2011, Leeds
Alberti G.L. (2010) The new stratification of migrant labour in the hospitality industry: everyday experiences at work and mobility strategies, Paper presented at the International Conference ‘New Migrations, New Challenges: Trinity Immigration Initiative’, Trinity College, 30 June – 3 July 2010, Dublin
Alberti, G.L. (2009), ‘Earned citizenship’? Re-thinking integration and activism, Paper presented at the Global Political Economy postgraduate conference: ‘The shifting boundaries of citizenship: mobility, spatiality, agency’, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, October 2009, Cardiff
Alberti, G.L. (2008), Intersubjectivity, temporariness and escape: emerging subjectivities of migrant workers in London hospitality, Paper presented at the Conference ‘Subjectivity’, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, June 2008, Cardiff
25th November 2016, invited contributor: ESRC Seminar Series: Migrants, Workplace and Community: Learning from Innovation in Civil Society Migrant Worker Initiatives and Established Labour Organisations, ‘A pattern of restriction of social and mobility rights for EU migrants in the UK? Implications for labour relations’, University of Manchester
11 October 2016: invited speaker “Portability and access to social rights”. Public hearing on Obstacles to EU citizens freedom to move and work in the Internal Market Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament (PETI) , European Parliament, Brussels
July 2016: invited speaker: Migration and Urbanization: expansion of research links between China and the UK. (PI Professor Zhang Asian studies and Social sciences, University of Leeds), Jinan University College of Economics Guangzhou, China
23rd of October 2015: invited expert speaker: ‘Testing EU citizenship as "labour citizenship": Round table on the cases of hospitality industry and warehouses., Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, University of Padua
12th of October, invited speaker, report to the European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies. Policy Department: economic and scientific Policy. Report on the EP-funded study: EU Social and Labour Rights and EU Internal Market Law (with Professor Dagmar Schiek), European Parliament, Brussels.
7-11th September 2015: Plenary Speaker, session on “the Migration Phenomenon”, ILERA World Congress, ‘The difference that migration and employment make: a cross-sectoral analysis of access to employment security and social protection for migrants in the UK’, co-authored with Sonila Danaj. ILERA: Cape Town.
April 2015: invited speaker, international seminar ‘Organising the Unorganisible? Voices from the Bottom up’ (org. by Dr Maurizio Atzeni), University of Loughborough 23-24 April
Dissemination of Research/Seminars
Invited speaker at the ‘Labor and Employment Relations Association’ (LERA) Conference, San Diego, January 4-6, 2013. Symposium on migrant workers and trade unions with L. Adler, D. Cornfield, L. Turner and Ana Avendano, discussant
Invited speaker at the round table ‘Immigrant Workers, Unions, and the Crisis of Capitalism’, 3-6 November 2011, Frankfurt, IG Metal
Invited speaker at 2011 ‘Transatlantic Social Dialogue’, May 2011, Inzell, Austria. Invited by ILR School/Cornell University as part of the project Labor Unions and Civic Integration of Immigrant Workers
‘Migrants and Employment Intermediaries in the European Union’, 20th International Conference of Europeanists: Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 25-27, 2013 (with Dr Sébastien Chauvin, University of Amsterdam)
‘Comparative Research on Trade Unions and Migrant Workers’, Symposium, 20th International Conference of Europeanists: Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 25-27, 2013 (with Maite Tapia and Stefania Marino)
Postcolonial Capitalism Seminar Series, ‘Governance and migration in the crisis’, Centre for Ethics and Politics, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London, 7 July 2011 (with Professor Sandro Mezzadra and Marta Malo de Molina)
Postgraduate Conference: ‘The shifting boundaries of citizenship: mobility, spatiality, agency’. Global Political Economy Postgraduate Research Group, Cardiff University, 22 October 2009 (with guest Professors Jane Wills and Engin Isin)
Postgraduate Conference: ‘The Re-scaling of Space’. Global Political Economy Postgraduate Research Group, Cardiff University, 13 May 2008 (with guest Professors Martin Jones and Al Rainnie)