- Start date: 21 February 2019
- End date: 21 February 2022
- Principal investigator: Dr Vera Trappmann and Dr Jo Cutter
Tackling the challenges of climate change calls for dramatic changes in the way societies produce and consume. Nevertheless, there is a huge gap in studies investigating the relationship between climate change action and society, in particular how it will affect jobs and working conditions, and livelihoods.
This network on Work, Labour and Climate Change across the University of Leeds gathers expertise, stimulates debate and is committed to delivering ideas for society, labour and businesses on how to produce and live in a zero-carbon environment and a more ecological sustainable way more generally. The network is ambitious in striving to mitigate climate change.
Activities and events
The Network is currently working on three research projects preparing for submission to funding bodies:
- The Social and Political Economy of Working Time Reduction
- Just Transition, (In-)Equality and worker voice in climate change
- The Future of work and the transition of carbon intensive sectors
Public talks: Alan Knight (ArcelorMittal) – “Sustainability in the steel industry” October 2019. Date and location TBC.
Leeds University Business School academics:
- Dr Gabriella Alberti, Work and Employment Relations
- Dr Hugh Cook, Work and Employment Relations
- Dr Jo Cutter, Work and Employment Relations
- Dr Kate Hardy, Work and Employment Relations
- Dr Yujie Hu, Work and Employment Relations
- Dr Effie Kesidou, Economics Division
- Dr Chris McLachlan, Work and Employment Relations
- Professor David Spencer, Economics Division
- Dr Vera Trappmann, Work and Employment Relations
University of Leeds academics:
- Dr Miklos Antal, Faculty of Environment
- Dr Milena Büchs, Faculty of Environment
- Dr Jonathan Busch, Faculty of Environment & seconded to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to work on the Inclusive Clean Industrial Strategy
- Professor Andy Gouldson, Priestley Centre
- Professor Sarah Irwin, Faculty of Social Sciences
- Dr Dan O’Neill, Faculty of Environment
- Dr Alice Owen, Faculty of Environment and Leeds City Regional LEP Green Economy Panel member
- Dr Sally Russell, Faculty of Environment
Academics from other UK Universities:
- Jenny Patient, University of Sheffield
Contact: Dr Vera Trappmann
Combating climate change: The role of organised labour
Dr Vera Trappmann and Dr Jo Cutter, Work and Employment Relations
While there is existing knowledge about the actions of states and supra-national bodies, corporations and business, and community-level action, the role of labour for climate change mitigation has, until very recently, been absent from climate change debate and analysis. We are interested in understanding:
As a result of this ambitious project, we will be able to offer a more comprehensive map of action needed to bring forward a low-carbon economy.
The aim of this project is to locate successful initiatives to combat climate change among organised labour comparing the UK and Germany. It will analyse four different levels of climate change action involving unions:
- Supranational bodies in regulating for a green economy
- The government, national policies and national union organisation’ policies
- Regional activities and initiatives with union involvement
- Innovations at the workplace level.
Contact: Dr Vera Trappmann
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