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Professor Ian Greer

Professor Ian Greer BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor Ian Greer
BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor of Comparative Employment Relations

Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour

Business School

Professor Greer is responsible for supporting Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU) members' research. This involves managing the WERU budget, leading research projects, co-organising events and representing WERU in various other ways. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, he participated in PhD work at Cornell University (2001–05), worked at Leeds University (2006–11), and held visiting positions in Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Jena and Sydney.

Professor Greer's work has been published in the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations, the European Journal of Industrial Relations, New Technology Work and Employment, Politics and Society, and elsewhere. Current projects are funded by the European Research Council, the Hans Boeckler Foundation, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council.


MPhil/PhD supervision

  • Jamie McCallum (completed 2011), now Assistant Professor at Middlebury College
  • Charles Umney (completed 2012), now Lecturer at Greenwich University
  • John Ward (current)
  • Lisa Schulte (current)
  • Estera Onoakpovike (current)

2013–16: European Research Council Starting Grant

2013–14: Hans-Böckler-Stiftung research grant with Matthias Knuth and Flemming Larsen

2012–13: EUROFOUND commissioned report with Jane Lethbridge, Charles Umney, and Lefteris Kretsos

2011–12: University of Greenwich Investment and Enterprise Grant with Graham Symon

2011–13: Humboldt Foundation 'Experienced Scholars' fellowship with Gregory Jackson 2011-13

2010: John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award for international work on the employment relationship from the Labor and Employment Relations Association

2010–13: ESRC CASE award with Mark Stuart

2008–09: Hans-Böckler-Stiftung small grant with Lowell Turner

2003–04: DAAD Dissertation Fellowship

2003–04: Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies Research Fellowship

1998–99: Fulbright Scholarship

Professor Greer has reviewed papers for the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Capital and Class, Employee Relations, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Relations, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations (Berkeley), Industrial Relations Journal, Industrielle Beziehungen, Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of European Public Policy, Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations, Work Employment and Society, and Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation.

From 2013, Professor Greer was the book reviews editor for the British Journal of Industrial Relations and has presented at seminars at numerous universities in the UK and overseas.

He is a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), and Deutsche Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Arbeitsmarktforschung (SAMF).

Professor Greer's research interests include:

  • Trade union strategy (community unionism, labour trans-nationalism, and responses to migration, privatisation, and outsourcing)
  • Active labour market policy (contracting, front-line work, and labour market effects).

In both research streams he seeks to theorise the social consequences of market reforms.

Funded research projects

The Effects of Marketization on Societies (TEMS)

Grant from the European Research Council's Starting Grants Scheme, from 2012-15, €1.15 million. The team includes Dr Lefteris Kretsos, Dr Charles Umney, and Ms Maria Mantynen.

Marketization of Employment Services in European Comparison (MESEC)

Grant from the Hans Boeckler Foundation in 2012-13, ca. €300,000. Partners for this include Prof Matthias Knuth at IAQ in Duisburg and Professor Flemming Larsen at CARMA in Aalborg. The Greenwich team includes Dr Graham Symon and Ms Lisa Schulte.

Industrial Relations in Central Public Administration (CPA)

Commissioned report from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Working and Living Conditions (EUROFOUND) in 2012-13, ca. €25,000. The team includes Ms Jane Lethbridge, Dr Lefteris Kretsos, and Dr Charles Umney.

Research Centre on Outsourcing and Privatization

Series of commissioned reports by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), starting in 2011. The team includes Mr David Hall, Dr Charles Umney, and Ms Bethania Antunes.

The Effectiveness of Neighbourhood-based Anti-Poverty Programmes

PhD studentship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under their CASE scheme in 2010-13. Partners for this include Professor Mark Stuart at Leeds University and Cllr Tom Murray at Learning Partnerships. The project is carried out by Mr John Ward.

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, and () . European Journal of Industrial Relations. SAGE Publications. pp. 5-20. ISSN 0959-6801 ISSN 0959-6801

and () . Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. pp. 275-299. ISSN 0019-8676 ISSN 0019-8676

, and () . British Journal of Industrial Relations. John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics. pp. 215-239. ISSN 0007-1080 ISSN 0007-1080

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