Vera Trappmann

Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations

Email:
V.Trappmann@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)113 343 1119
Categories:
Academic, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), Work and Employment Relations
Location:
1.02, 23 Lyddon Terrace
Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC):
https://business.leeds.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/research-centres/ceric/
Curriculum Vitae:
Vera Trappmann CV
Expertise/Research:
Trade unions, comparative employment relations, restructuring, precarisation of labour market, biographical research, CSR , de-growth
Profile

Qualifications

PhD, European-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
MA, Stanford University
MA, Bielefeld University

Experience

Since 2015: Associate Professor of Employment Relations
2014: Professor of Societal Comparison (University Essen-Duisburg, Vertretungsprofessur)
2011-2013: Junior Professor of European Studies (Magdeburg University)
2009-2011: Senior Lecturer in Economic Sociology (Osnabrück University)
2006-2009: Senior Researcher (FSU Jena)
2002-2005: Researcher (Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund)

Visiting positions at:

2011: Warsaw Academy of Sciences
2011: Toulouse Business School
2006: Jagiellonen University Cracow

Research

My research engages with the comparison of labour relations across Europe. My main research interests focus on the dynamics of organisational restructuring and its impact on working biographies, trade union strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility, and more recently on sustainability and degrowth. My work is often comparative in nature and has been funded by the European Commission, the German Research Foundation, Hans-Boeckler Foundation, Otto-Brenner Foundation, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, German Academic Exchange Service, German Ministry of Research and Education, Federal states and trade unions.

I recently co-led a prestigious DFG funded project on business elites and the varieties of capitalism in Central Eastern Europe. The study involved partners in three European countries, during 2008-2013. Research from the project was published in a book published by Routledge under the title ‘Business Leaders and New Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Europe’ edited by myself, Katharina Bluhm, and Bernd Martens.

Other recently completed studies include the portray of the steel industry in Poland (funded by the German Ministry of Science and Education), published with Palgrave under the title ‘Fallen Heroes in Global Capitalism. Workers and the Restructuring of the Polish Steel Industry’, and an examination of social dumping and organizing in the IT industry (funded by IG Metall). Recent policy reports include a study on trade unions in Poland for the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.

I have published one monograph, 2 edited volumes, over 35 journal articles and book chapters, over 16 reports, and presented papers at conferences and workshops in over 15 countries.
I am currently on the international advisory board of Work, Employment and Society and an editorial board member of emecon, Warsaw Forum of Economic Sociology and Social Europe.

Current Funded Projects
Dr Vera Trappmann is principal investigator, and current CERIC academic visitor, Alexandra Seehaus, is researcher on the project PREWORK "young precarious workers in Poland and Germany: a comparative sociological study on working and living conditions, social consciousness and civic engagement". The international team has just launched their new website in English, German, and Polish. http://prework.eu/en

Research Supervision
I am experienced in doctoral supervision with one student successfully completing in 2014. I am currently supervising 2 PhD students. I am interested in supervising projects related to:

  • Globalisation, restructuring and employment relations outcomes
  • Comparative studies of workplace restructuring and its impact on workers’ lives
  • Comparative studies of labour relations
  • Precarisation of work and life
  • Trade unions’ strategy for renewal, in particular for greening the economy
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainability and climate change
  • Young workers

A particular interest of me lies with Germany and Central and Eastern Europe, the steel and the electronic sector. If you are interested in doctoral study in any of these areas please contact me.
 

Teaching

MA HRM: Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations
MA HRM: Human Resource Management
MA HRM: International Employment Policy and Labour Mobility
BA HRM: Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations
BA HRM: Business and Society (Social Theory)

Publications

Monographs

2013 Fallen Heroes in Global Capitalism. Workers and the Restructuring of the Polish Steel Industry. Houndsmill: Palgrave MacMillan.


Edited volumes

2014 Business Leaders and New Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Europe. [with K. Bluhm, B. Martens]. London: Routledge.

2010 What capitalism? Socio-economic change in Central and Eastern Europe [with A. Krause]. Jena: SFB 580 Mitteilungen, No. 36.

2008 Business Elites in Central Eastern Europe [with K. Bluhm]. Journal for East European Management Studies, Special Issue 16 (4).

2006 Das Erbe des Beitritts. Europäisierung in Mittel- und Osteuropa (The Legacy of Accession. Europeanisation in Central and Eastern Europe) [with A. Kutter]. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.


Peer reviewed journal articles

2018 In, Against and Beyond Precarity: Work in Insecure Times. (with G. Alberti, I. Bessa, K. Hardy, C. Umney). Work, Employment and Society, vol. 32, 3: pp. 447-457. 

2016 Polnische Zerreißproben. Rechtsstaatlichkeit, Demokratie und Protest. In: Mittelweg 36, 25. Jg., 2016, Heft 3, S. 59-81.

2014 Overcoming post-communist labour weakness: Attritional and enabling effects of multinationals in Central and Eastern Europe [with A. Sznajder-Lee]. In: European Journal of Industrial Relations 20(2) June (25 pages). First published online on February 23, 2014 http://ejd.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/02/20/0959680114524204.abstract

2013 Social dialogue in crisis. Evidence from Poland [with G. Meardi]. In: Transfer European Review of Labour and Research. 19(2) May: 195-204. 

2012 Labour as entrepreneurs: The ambivalent role of labour in restructuring in the Polish steel industry. In: Warsaw Forum of Economic Sociology (3)4.

2011 Precarious employment in Poland - a legacy of transition or an effect of European integration? In: Emecon (2)1.

Business Elites and the Role of Companies in Society: A Comparative Study of Poland, Hungary and Germany [with K. Bluhm und B. Martens]. In: Europe-Asia Studies (63)6: 1011-1032.

2010 What can be done about restructuring? National policymaking in Europe [with V. Pulignano]. In: Perspectives on Work 14 (1-2): 6-9.

The role of trade unions in the German CVET system. In: Labour and Industry 36(2): 477-493.

Spielarten des Kapitalismus in Ostmitteleuropa  (Varieties of capitalism in Central Eastern Europe) [with K. Bluhm]. In: Osteuropa 1(6): 61-74.  

Von der Avantgarde zu den Verlierern des Postkommunismus: Gewerkschaften im Prozess der Restrukturierung der Stahlindustrie in Mittel- und Osteuropa (From the vanguard to the losers of postcommunism: trade unions in the process of restructuring) [with A. Sznajder-Lee]. In: Industrielle Beziehungen 17(2): 192-231. 

Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: the ambivalent legacy of accession [with A. Kutter]. In: Acta Politica 45(1): 41-69.

2009 Lebenslanges Lernen: Gewerkschaften und Kompetenzentwicklung im aktivierenden Sozialstaat (Lifelong learning: Trade unions and competence development in activating welfare state) [with S. Draheim]. In: WSI Mitteilungen 62(10): 533-539.

Leiharbeit und Befristung im Kontext mittelständischer Arbeits- und Führungskräftepolitik (Agency and contract work in medium-sized companies) [with K. Bluhm, P. Demmler und B. Martens]. In: Arbeit 18(2): 137-150.

2008 Business Elites in Central Eastern Europe [with K. Bluhm]. In: Journal for East European Management Studies 13(4): 282-291.

2007 Regulating skill formation in Europe: A comparison of German, Norwegian and Spanish policies on transferable skills [with M. Martínez Lucio, S. Skule und W. Kruse]. In: European Journal of Industrial Relations 13(3): 323-340.


Other articles

2009 Attraktiver Mittelstand (Appealing small and medium sized businesses) [with K. Bluhm und P. Demmler]. In: Personal, 61(3): 6-7.

2008 Túlélni akkor, amikor mindenki el akar téged felejteni - Lengyel munkások a rendszerváltozás után (Polish workers: how to live when everybody wants to forget about you) [with R. Towalski]. In: Ezsmélet  77(1): 76-94.

2004 Open Space: ein Instrument für mehr Selbstorganisation und Beteiligung. (Open space: an instrument for more self-organisation and participation) In: Journal Arbeit, 4(1): 44-45.

1995 Fabrik Wissen ohne Management. (Knowledge factory university without management) In: sozusagen (1):1.


Book chapters

2018. Rechtspopulismus und das junge Prekariat: potentielle AfD WählerInnen? (co-authored with Jule-Marie Lorenzen, Denis Neumann, Alexandra Seehaus). In Becker, Karina; Klaus Dörre and Peter Reif-Spirek (Eds.) Arbeiterbewegung von rechts? Ungleichheit, Verteilungskämpfe, populistische Revolte.
 
2018. Die Mitte als klassenloser Ort? Wie Jugendliche moralisieren und Prekarisierung rechtfertigen. (co-authored with Alex Seehaus). In: Joller, Stefan und Marija Stanisavljevic (Eds.) Moralische Kollektive. Springer, Reihe: Wissen, Kommunikation und Gesellschaft.

2016 Transnational organizing in Europe: a case study of a multinational company in the electronics sector. In: Flexible workforces and low profit margins: electronics assembly between Europe and China. Edited by Jan Drahokoupil, Rutvica Andrijasevic and Devi Sacchetto. European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Brussels. 175-188.

2015 Steel in the European Union in the wake of the global economic crisis. In: Foreign investment in eastern and southern Europe after 2008. Still a lever of growth? Edited by Béla Galgóczi, Jan Drahokoupil and Magdalena Bernaciak. European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Brussels. 355-376.

2015 Social dumping with no divide. Evidence from multinational companies in Europe. In: M. Bernaciak (Ed.): Market Expansion and Social Dumping in Europe, Routledge, pp.140-156

2014 Coping with crisis: Change competence, masculinity, and identity of steelworkers in Germany and the UK. In: S. Narotzky/V. Goddard (Ed.) Work and Livelihoods – History, Ethnography and Models in Times of Crisis. Routledge.

Externe Transformationsanker (External achors of transition). In: R. Kollmorgen/W. Merkel/H.-J. Wagener (Ed.): Handbuch der Transformationsforschung. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, pp. 541-546.

Introduction. Business leaders and the new varieties of capitalism in post-communist Europe [with K. Bluhm]. In: K. Bluhm/B. Martens/V. Trappmann (Ed.): Business Leaders and New Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Europe. London: Routlegde, pp. 1-22.

The long shadow of the ‘German model’: Business Leaders in Social and Institutional Change [with K. Bluhm und B. Martens]. In: dies. (Ed.): Business Leaders and New Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Europe. London: Routlegde, pp. 79-108.

Institutions or attitudes? The role of formal worker-representation in labour relations [with K. Jasiecki und D. Przybysz]. In: K. Bluhm/B. Martens/V. Trappmann (Ed.): Business Leaders and New Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Europe. London: Routlegde, pp. 176-204.

Varying Concepts of Social Responsibility? – Beliefs and Practises in Central Europe [with K. Bluhm]. In: K. Bluhm/B. Martens/V. Trappmann (Ed.): Business Leaders and New Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Europe. London: Routlegde, pp. 148-175. Published as working paper http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2221361

2012 Flexibilität zu welchem Preis? Arbeit in Polen. (Flexibility at what price? Working life in Poland). In: Deutsches Polen Institut Darmstadt (Ed.): Polnisches Jahrbuch 2013. Bd. 24, Arbeitswelt. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, pp. 19-28.

Business Elites and the Role of Companies in Society: A Comparative Study of Poland, Hungary and Germany [with K. Bluhm und B. Martens]. In: Lane, David (2012) (Ed.): Elites and Identities in Post-Soviet Space, Routledge European-Asia Studies Series, pp. 87-108.

The Shifting Role of Trade Unions in the German VET System. In: R. Cooney/M. Stuart (Ed.): Trade Unions and Workplace Training. Issues and International Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 203-251.

Flexibilisierung und Prekarisierung: Arbeitsmarkt(-politik) in Polen unter dem Einfluss von Transformation und Europäischer Integration. (Flexibilisation and precarisation. Labour market (policy) in Poland under the influence of transformation and European integration). In: K. Scherschel/ P. Streckeisen/ M. Krenn (Ed.): Neue Prekarität. Die Folgen aktivierender Arbeitsmarktpolitik - europäische Länder im Vergleich. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, pp. 139-175.

2010 Widerspenstige Körper. Kapitalismuskritik im Tanz. (Fractiozs bodies. Criticism of capitalism in dance). In: K. Becker et al. (Ed.): Grenzverschiebungen des Kapitalismus. Umkämpfte Räume und Orte des Widerstands. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, pp. 339-358.

2008 L'heritage de l'adhésion: européanisation des politiques de représentation de l'intéret en Europe centrale et orientale [with A. Kutter]. In: F. Bafoil/T. Beichelt (Ed.): L’Européanisation. D’Ouest en Est. Paris: L’Harmattan. Coll. Logiques Politiques (dir. Yves Surel), pp. 89-133.

EU-induzierter Wandel? Transformation und Europäisierung in Mittel- und Osteuropa (Eu-induced social change? Transformation and Europeanisation in Central and Eastern Europe). [with A. Kutter]. In: F. Bönker/ J. Wielgohs (Ed.): Postkommunistische Transformation und europäische (Des-) Integration. Marburg: Metropolis Verlag, pp. 175-194.

2006 Das Erbe des Beitritts: Zur Analyse von Europäisierungseffekten in mittel- und osteuropäischen Gesellschaften (The legacy of accession. The analysis of Europeanisation effects in Central and Eastern European socities). [with A. Kutter]. In: dies. (Ed.) Das Erbe des Beitritts. Europäisierung in Mittel- und Osteuropa. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, pp. 13-55.

Europäische Sozialpolitik in der erweiterten Europäischen Union (European social policy in enlarged Europe).  [with A. Kutter]. In: M. Witkowski/J. Dlugosz (Ed.): Perspektiven für Europa – die neue Öffnung? Frankfurt am Main (u.a.): Peter Lang Verlag, pp. 31-53.

Fallstudien zur interkulturellen Kompetenz brandenburgischer Unternehmer. (Intercultural competence of business men in Brandenburg). In: D. Busch (Ed.): Interkulturelle Mediation in der Grenzregion. Frankfurt am Main (u.a.): Peter Lang Verlag, pp. 279- 302. 

Human resource management at a steel giant in Russia. In: M.E. Domesch/ T. Lidikhover (Ed.): Human Resource Management in Russia. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 133-149.

2003 Die Schwierigkeiten interkultureller Kommunikation – und ein Lösungsansatz. (Difficulties of intercultural communication and a solution statement). In: O. Rösch (Ed.): Wie gut sind wir vorbereitet auf Veränderungen in Europa? Anforderungen an interkulturelle Kommunikation mit osteuropäischen Partnern. Berlin: Verlag News and Media, Wildauer Schriftenreihe Interkulturelle Kommunikation Bd. 5, pp. 193-199.

Die Fesseln der Vergangenheit: Lokale Bedingungen für transnationale Gewerkschaftskooperation in Osteuropa am Beispiel Polens und Russlands. (The ties of the past: local conditions for transnational union cooperation in Poland and Russia). In: R. Croucher et al. (Ed.): Transnationale Gewerkschaftskooperation. Dortmund: Sozialforschungsstelle, pp. 65-83.

1999 Neue Sozialforschung in Russland. (New social research in Russia) In: H. Schwengel (Ed.): Grenzenlose Gesellschaft. 29. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Pfaffenweiler: Centaurus-Verlagsgesellschaft, pp. 383-386.


Media, Dissemination and Impact

2018 Out of work and low on enthusiasm: young Germans are tuning out of politics. Blog in The Conversation 

2018 Studie: Junge Deutsche leben immer prekaerer. Interview with Jetzt.de

2018 Interview with Bayrischer Rundfunk about precarious labour market situation for German youth

2015  Interview in Gazeta Wyborcza: "W Polsce każdy jest odpowiedzialny już tylko za siebie. To społecznie niebezpieczne" (In Poland, everyone cares just about himself. That is dangerous for society).
Read more: http://wyborcza.biz/biznes/1,100896,18797283,pracownicy-upadli-bohaterowie.html#ixzz3pxr4yAKH

2014  Die Gewerkschaften in Polen: Neue Bündnisse, mehr Schlagkraft? Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

2014  Związki zawodowe w Polsce - obecna sytuacja, organizacja, wyzwania. Warschau: Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung. 2. Edition

2012  Związki zawodowe w Polsce - obecna sytuacja, organizacja, wyzwania. Warschau: Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung.

2012 Trade Unions in Poland: Current situation, organisation and challenges. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung.

2011 Die Gewerkschaften in Polen - Aktuelle Situation, Organisation, Herausforderungen. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung.

2008 Fach- und Führungskräfte in mittelständischen Unternehmen - Bedarf, Rekrutierung, Bindung. Ergebnisse einer Befragung im Dienstleistungs- und verarbeitenden Gewerbe 2007 (Skilled labour in small and medium sizef businesses: Demand, recruiting). [with K. Bluhm, P. Demmler, B. Martens]. Working Papers: Economic Sociology Jena University Jena, 5.

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