Development of public and private services and the impact of out-sourcing / off-shoring; public service motivation and performance.

Current Projects
  • Presenting the case for a National Care Service in the UK
    About: Presenting the case for a National Care Service in the UK for the Labour Party
    Investigators: Jane Lethbridge
    Project length: 2018-19
    Funders: Labour Party
    Outcomes: Report presenting a case for the creation of a National Care Service
  • PESSIS (Promoting employers' social services in social dialogue)
    About: Supporting the development of a European level social dialogue committee in the social services sector
    Investigators: Jane Lethbridge and country level researchers
    Project length: 2012-19
    Funders: European Commission
    Outcomes: 26 national case studies of social dialogue in the social services sector in Europe and a Final European Report.
  • Remunicipalisation tool-kit
    About: The aim of the tool-kit is to provide some concrete guidance to trade unions wishing to concretely engage into a remunicipalisation campaign
    Investigators: Emanuele Lobina, Vera Weghmann
    Project length: 2017-2019
    Funders: Public Services International
    Outcomes: Remunicipalisation: A Guide to Public Sector Insourcing (2019)
  • Seven cases of Water Remunicipalisation
    About: the report looks at seven international cases of water remunicipalisation with the aim at offering findings on the potential impact of remunicipalisation on sustainable water development.
    Investigators: Emanuele Lobina and Vera Weghmann
    Project length: 2018-2019
    Funders: City Council of Barcelona
  • The human right to water as a catalyst for remunicipalization in Jakarta
    About: A journal article as part of the special issue 'Remunicipalization: The Future of Water Services?' in Water Alternatives.
    Investigators: Emanuele Lobina and Vera Weghmann
    Project length: 2018-2019
    Funders: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ("SSHRC") to Queens University at Kingston
    Outcomes: The People vs. Privatization - The human right to water as a catalyst for remunicipalization in Jakarta (2019)
  • Financing of Public Transport
    About: the report will showcase sustainable and effective ways of financing public transport that provide alternatives to privatisation.
    Investigators: Vera Weghmann
    Funders: International Transport Workers Federation
    Project length: 2018-2019
    Outcomes: Financing of Public Transport (2019)
  • 20 years of EU energy market liberalisation
    About: A report that analyses the consequences of 20 years of EU energy liberalisation
    Investigators: Vera Weghmann
    Project length: 2018-2019
    Funders: European Public Service Union
    Outcomes: 20 years of EU energy market liberalisation (2019)
Past projects
  • Reorienting Industrial Organisation Theory: From Necessary to Possible Outcomes
    About: This ISRF Fellowship project reconceptualises organisational efficiency with a view to rebasing industrial organization theory on a critical realist paradigm.
    Investigators: Emanuele Lobina
    Project length: 2017-2018
    Funders: Independent Social Research Foundation
    Outcomes: one seminar; one discussion paper; one book chapter; one article in a peer reviewed journal
  • The necessity of wickedness and the possibilities of participatory governance
    About: The project reframes dilemmas on water planning between the conceptual fuzziness of wicked problems and the real-world practice of policy participants in the water sector
    Investigators: Emanuele Lobina
    Project length: 2012-2018
    Funders: University of Greenwich Business Faculty (School Research Investment)
    Outcomes: one seminar; one discussion paper; one book chapter.
  • Post-New Public Management and water reform in the 21st century
    About: The project maps the global diffusion of remunicipalisation in the water sector and analyses the policy process of water remunicipalisation in Berlin, Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Investigators: Emanuele Lobina, Yuliya Yurchenko and Jeff Powell
    Project length: 2014-2017
    Funders: University of Greenwich Business Faculty
    Outcomes: Book and book chapter
  • Lagos Water Crisis Alternative Roadmap for the Water Sector
    About: This report provides an analysis of the problems facing public provision of water in Lagos, Nigeria, highlighting the problems of privatization and public-private partnerships.
    Investigators: Emanuele Lobina
    Project length: 2016
    Funders: Public Services International (PSI)
    Outcomes: Report published by Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria.
  • Reclaiming Public Services: How cities and citizens are turning back privatisation
    About: The project maps the global diffusion of remunicipalisation in a number of public service sectors.
    Investigators: Emanuele Lobina and David Hall
    Project length: 2016-2017
    Funders: Public Services International (PSI)
    Outputs: Book.
  • Research on trends in health and social services with a particular focus on recent developments in multinational care companies
    About: Supporting the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) in establishing European Works Councils (EWCs) in two French Multinational Care Companies – Orpea and Korian
    Investigators: Jane Lethbridge
    Project length: 2017-18
    Funders:
    European Commission (EC) / European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU)
    Outcomes: Three reports profiling the two companies – Orpea and Korian – and the environment in which they operate
  • Research on new forms of service delivery for municipalities, the contribution of social dialogue and good practice for well-being at work (CEMR/EPSU)
    About: To research four reports on new forms of service delivery for municipalities – occupational health and safety, migration, recruitment and retention and digitalisation
    Investigators: Jane Lethbridge
    Project length: 2014-16
    Funders: European Commission
    Outcomes: Five reports: Contribution of social dialogue to support well-being and health and safety at work in local public services, Recruitment of young workers and retention of older workers, developing new skills and life-long learning, Migration and local authorities – impact on jobs and working conditions, Digitalisation of local authority services in Europe,
    Final report.