Date of release: Monday, October 14, 2013

Professor Ian GreerMarketisation – the introduction or intensification of price-based competition – forms the subject of an inaugural lecture taking place at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 6 November.

The lecture is by Professor Ian Greer, Director of the university’s Work & Employment Research Unit, which is part of its Business School. In his talk, Illiberal market economies and the politics of inequality, Professor Greer will discuss why marketisation often produces inequality and how society can assert control over markets.

The event, which is free to attend, takes place at the Greenwich Campus, Queen Anne Court, Room QA180, from 5pm, with a drinks reception to follow.

Professor Greer is leading a four-year, €1.15 million (£815,000) research project on marketisation, in which he and fellow experts at Greenwich are investigating the potentially devastating effects on society of price-based competition by governments and policy-makers in Europe.

He says: “The market is commonly seen by political and economic elites as a powerful means to many different ends. Even where markets fail to improve efficiency, transparency, fairness or performance, the dominant view is that we should learn how to improve the market, rather than turning to some alternative.

“In the wake of the global financial crisis, however, there is growing awareness that markets have other effects that are unintended and ignored.”

As Professor of Comparative Employment Relations, Ian Greer is an expert in trade union strategy and labour market policy. His work has been widely published in journals including Industrial Relations, New Technology Work and Employment, Politics & Society and the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, he participated in PhD work at Cornell University, worked at Leeds University, and held visiting positions at universities in Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Jena and Sydney.

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