Dr Gabriella Alberti

Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations

I joined CERIC and the Work and Employment Relations Division in May 2012 after completion of an ESRC Post doctoral Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London. The Fellowship aimed at disseminating the findings of my doctoral research on ‘Transient Working Lives: Migrant Women’s Everyday Politics in London’s Hospitality Industry’, which I completed at Cardiff School of Social Sciences in 2011. My approach to the study of employment, labour migration and diversity is highly interdisciplinary drawing from Industrial Relations, sociology, geography and organisation studies. My research interests revolve around the questions of transnational labour mobility, precarious work and their implications for changing employment relations, trade unions’ renewal and community unionism. In Cardiff I actively contributed to the activities of the ‘Centre for Global Labour Research’ between the Social Sciences and Business departments. Through sustained engagement with the Centre for Ethics and Politics and the Centre for Equality and Diversity at Queen Mary School of Business and Management, I developed an unconventional perspective to management studies, with particular attention on racial and gender equality at work, training and improved conditions for marginalised and contingent workers.

One of the key motivations of my academic work is to sustain a productive cross-pollination between research, policies and practices on the ground, in order to promote effective changes and organisational renewal in employment relations. Since 2010 I participated in a cross-country research project on ‘Labour Unions and the Integration of Immigrant Workers’ funded by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Carnegie Corporation and the Public Welfare Foundation, collaborating with scholars including Jane Holgate, Lowell Turner, Lee Adler and Janice Fine as well as with members of major labour unions across the Atlantic. At CERIC I am currently developing a research grant with Professor Robert MacKenzie, Dr Chris Forde and Zinovijus Ciupijus on the role of social partners and IR actors in facilitating labour market transitions for migrant agency workers in transnational perspective. I am also member of the European-based network on Immigration, Immigrants and Trade Unions in Europe (IITUE) and contribute to the newly established ‘Worker Institute at Cornell University’ promoting collaborations and innovative thinking between academics, trade unionists and community organisers.

I am also a member of the Leeds Migration Research Network which is an interdisciplinary research network of academics and practitioners in the area of migration research based out of University of Leeds. 

PhD supervision

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: g.alberti@leeds.ac.uk

Current PhD supervision

Lilith Brouwers: Abusive relationship or business partnership? Sex workers’ experience of third parties in the UK (Co-Supervisor with Kate Hardy)
Calum Carson: Citizens UK campaign for the Living Wage in Britain since its establishment in 2001 (CoSupervisor with Kate Hardy)   John Harwood (Co-supervised with Professor H. Zhang, Asian Studies, funded by WRoCAH Chinese Migrant Workers in Japan labour market and societal changes
Meenakshi Sarkar: British Pakistani taxi drivers: An insight on class, culture and employment habitus (Co-Supervisor with Jane Holgate-about to compelete)
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, submitted draft)

Contact and CV

Email: g.alberti@leeds.ac.uk

Location: Leeds University Business School – Room 1.04 Lyddon Terrace

Curriculum Vitae