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BIO

I am Professor of European Integration & Employment Relations at the UCD College of Business and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council (ERC) Project ‘Labour Politics & the EU's New Economic Governance Regime (European Unions)’ (2017-22) at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. I have been teaching international and comparative employment relations at UCD since 2003. I am also an Adjunct Professor of International & Comparative Labor at the ILR School, Cornell University since 2008 and have been Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration & Employment Relations at UCD (2016-19), Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in Oslo (2013-14), Visiting Professor at the Dept. of Sociology, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay (2012), and Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Social Justice, University of Oxford (2008). In 2017, I was awarded one of only two ERC Consolidator Grants across all disciplines presented to Irish based researchers in the 2016 funding round. My ERC project explores the challenges that the EU's New Economic Governance regime poses to labour movements; public healthcare, water & transport services; and the methodological nationalism that is still dominating much of international and comparative industrial relations & social policy research. I have written more than 100 publications (April 2020). My widely acclaimed monograph ‘European Unions. Labor's Quest for a Transnational Democracy’ (Cornell University Press, 2008, pbk 2010) made me a ‘leading authority on contemporary trade union developments in Europe’ (Labor History, 50(2): 187). Since then, I have been studying the shift to a much more 'vertical' EU Economic Governance regime; (trans-)national trade union and social movement actions triggered by this shift; EU referendums, direct democracy and trade unions; equal pay by gender and nationality; intra-EU labour migration; interest politics and employment relations, notably at the EU-level as well as in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania, and Switzerland. My most recent works have appeared in prestigious journals (BJIR, Cambridge Journal of Economics, European Journal of Industrial Relations, European Political Science, Industrial Relations Journal, Labor History, Labor Studies Journal, Transfer) and in books with prestigious publishers (Cambridge UP, E Elgar, Kluwer, Manchester UP, Oxford UP, Palgrave, Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield). In the latest article of our ERC ‘European Unions’ group, we have shown that there is little evidence that the EU’s post-crisis economic governance regime has moved in a more ‘social’ direction: J Jordan, V Maccarrone and R Erne (2020) 'Towards a Socialisation of the EU's New Economic Governance Regime? EU labour policy interventions in Germany, Italy, Ireland, & Romania (2009-19) BJIR: doi: 10.1111/bjir.12522.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Head ERC Research Group 'European Unions'
    University College Dublin, Geary Insitute for Public Policy/College of Business, Dublin, Ireland1 Oct 2017
  • Director
    University College Dublin, UCD-Cornell University ILR Semester in Dublin Program, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2006
  • Director
    University College Dublin, European Masters in Labour Studies (EMLS) Programme, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2007 - 31 Aug 2018
  • Member
    University College Dublin, College of Business, Research & Innovation Committee, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2018
  • Member
    University College Dublin, Outbound Mobility Working Group, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 2018
  • Library Representative
    University College Dublin, College of Business, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2009
  • Academic Trade Union Representative (SIPTU)
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2004 - 31 Dec 2017
  • Member
    University College Dublin, Library Resources Working Group, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012
  • Member
    University College Dublin, School of Business, Workload Task Force, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2007 - 31 Dec 2007
  • Member
    University College Dublin, Faculties of Commerce and Law, Restructuring Task Force, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2004

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Adjunct Professor of International & Comparative Labor
    Cornell University, ILR School, Ithaca, United States1 Sep 2008
  • Vertrauensdozent (Liaison Professor)
    Hans Böckler Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany1 May 2019
  • Research Fellow
    Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo, Norway1 Aug 2013 - 30 Jun 2014
  • Visiting Professor
    École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Cachan, France1 Apr 2012 - 31 May 2012
  • Visiting Research Fellow
    Cornell University, ILR School, Ithaca, United States1 Apr 2011 - 31 May 2011
  • Marie Curie Fellow (ToK)
    University of Oxford, Centre for the Study of Social Justice, Oxford, United Kingdom1 Dec 2008 - 28 Feb 2009

NON-ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Jugendsekretär
    Gewerkschaft Bau und Industrie (UNIA), Zentralsekretariat, Zürich, Switzerland1 Jan 1990 - 31 Mar 1993
  • Laborantin
    University Hospital of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland1 Apr 1989 - 31 Dec 1989
  • Chemielaborant
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland1 May 1986 - 31 Dec 1988

DEGREES

  • PhD
    European University Institute Florence

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Diplom-Politologe, 1998
    Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Diplôme Franco-Allemand en Sciences Politiques et Sociales, 1998
    Sciences Po (Paris), Paris, France
  • Eidg. Dipl. Chemielaborant
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, 1986, Zurich, Switzerland

LANGUAGES

  • English
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • German
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Italian
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan
    Can read, write, speak and understand