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Guglielmo Giuseppe Maria Meardi

Full Professor

Sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro (SSD: GSPS-08/A)


Guglielmo Meardi is Professor of Sociology of Work and Economy and Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. After studying sociology and politics in Milan, Paris, Warsaw and Florence (EUI), he taught for twenty years at the University of Warwick, UK, where he was Professor of Industrial Relations and Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit. His research is on the processes of internationalisation of the world of work, including relocation of production, multinational corporations as employers, transnational labour movements, multi-level governance, and labour migration, and combines institutional and social movement theories. He has been a Visiting Fellow of the Polish, Hungarian and Slovenian Academies of Sciences, and of Universities in Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Industrial Relations.

5 recent publications

(2021) Back to the familialist future: The rise of social policy for ruling Populist Radical Right Parties in Italy and Poland, West European Politics, with I Guardiancich  (doi:10.1080/01402382.2021.1916720)

(2021) Trade unions and precariat in Europe: Representative claims, European Journal of Industrial Relations 27:1, 41-58, with M Simms and D Adam

(2020) Non-compliant small firms and the National Living Wage: The roots of informal responses to regulatory change, British Journal of Management 31, 856-871, with M Ram, P Edwards, T Jones and S Doldor 

(2019) Theoretical and empirical links between trade unions and democracy, Economic and Industrial Democracy 40:1, 3-19, with L Baccaro and C Benassi

(2018) Economic integration and state responses: Change in European industrial relations since Maastricht, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 56:3, 631-655 (LERA's James Scoville prize for best international-comparative labor paper of 2018)

5 relevant projects

  1. (2020-24) Shipping Off Labour: Changing Staffing Strategies in Globalized Workplaces, with I. Wagner (Research Council of Norway)
  2. (2014-16) ‘Representation of the losers of the crisis’ (British Academy)
  3. (2014-16) ‘Active inclusion and industrial relations from a multi-level governance perspective’, with L. Burroni (European Commission)
  4. (2016-17) ‘Scenarios for regulating labour migration after Brexit’ (ESRC)
  5. (2017) ‘Non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage’, with M. Ram and P. Edwards (Low Pay Commission)

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Comparative and international labour movements
  • Labour migration: regulation and mobilisation
  • Multinational corporations as employers, especially in central and Eastern Europe