Research Assistant - Durham University Business School
This is a full time, 21 month fixed term position.
Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to work on an EU-Commission funded project (European, National and Transnational Industrial Relations:Visible and Invisible Hands in European and National Wage Setting – ENTIRE VIEW). This international project is carried out in collaboration with project partners in the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain.
The project aims to analyse the reasons for different developments of wages, i.e. wage dynamics, in the European Union (EU) member states. As regards the reasons for different developments it focuses on the role of industrial relations, i.e. collective bargaining, structures and mechanisms for wage determination. The project considers both ‘visible’, e.g. formal and institutionalized, and ‘invisible’, e.g. informal and norm-based as well as intentional and unintentional, industrial relations structures and mechanisms of wage determination. In order to analyse the functioning and efficacy of visible and invisible structures and mechanisms the project examines different criteria of wage determination actors are using. Furthermore, the project also aims to analyse which industrial relations structures and mechanisms are (better) ‘suited’ to serve as policy instruments to govern wage developments in the EU. More specifically, the project aims to analyse which national industrial relations structures and mechanisms are able to meet the demands of European and national policy makers to implement diverse and different policy strategies (such as in particular defined in the country specific recommendations of the European Semester) as well as is able to synchronise wage strategies with other policy fields (e.g. fiscal and monetary policies)
This is an opportunity for an excellent researcher to join an international team to pursue research in comparative industrial relations. The successful applicant will be required to gather, analyse and interpret data relevant to the research project, and to disseminate the findings of the project among academics and policy makers at European level.
The successful candidate will hold a Master degree in Industrial Relations, Business and Management, Economics, Sociology, Political Studies or related disciplines with focus on EU policy and Labour Market Studies or a relevant area.