Dr Nikolaus Hammer

Associate Professor in Work and EmploymentNikolaus Hammer

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  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5938
  • Email: nh80@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 0.03, Heron House, Brookfield
  • Office hours: By appointment only (please email)

Personal details

PhD (University of Wales, Cardiff), Mag.phil (University of Vienna), FHEA

I am a member of the Work and Employment Division as well as the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures (CSWEF) within the University of Leicester School of Business. I am also a researcher in the CRIMT network on globalisation and work. Previously, I was a visiting researcher at the ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies, at IRES (Noisy-le-Grand, France), the New School for Social Research, New York (Dept of Economics), and held research positions at Cardiff School of Social Sciences.


I teach across a spectrum of modules and programmes on research design; work and employment in global value chains; international HRM; and international industrial relations. I am a Fellow of the HEA.


My research investigates the impact of globalisation, notably the restructuring of global value chains and production networks, on work and employment. This includes aspects such as the labour process in fast fashion production in the UK (2019; 2016) as well as the role of social standards in the governance of global value chains (e.g. International Framework Agreements and social standards more broadly; 2011a; 2011b).

My current research focuses on the relationship between the growth of non-standard work and productivity (funded through the ESRC Productivity Insights Network), institutional experimentation for better work (funded through CRIMT and various Canadian institutions), and outsourcing and the reorganisation of production networks (with the European Trade Union Institute).

My research was drawn on in parliamentary enquiries on Human Rights and Business as well as the Sustainability of the Fashion Industry and was reported in numerous media outlets such as The Financial Times, The Guardian, the BBC, The Leicester Mercury, or Deutschlandfunk amongst others. I have also acted as expert for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, consulted for the ILO, and served as a member of the editorial team of Work, Employment and Society (2015-2017).


I am currently working on projects funded by the ESRC Productivity Insights Network (CoI, Growth of Non-standard Work and Productivity) and the Canadian SSHRC (CoI, Network on Institutional Experimentation for Better Work). I have previously held grants from the Ethical Trading Initiative (PI, Working Conditions in the Apparel Supply Chain), the Canadian SSHRC (CoI, Effectivity of International Framework Agreements), the East Midlands Development Authority (CoI, Economics of Health).


I have supervised 18 postgraduate research students to successful completion. I welcome PhD research projects with a focus in the following areas: global value chain analysis; social compliance in global value chains; labour market segmentation; informal employment; restructuring of work and employment in emerging economies/BRICS; international HRM and comparative capitalisms; fundamental labour rights and corporate social responsibility; international industrial relations and trade unionism.

Current PhD and DSocSci Students

  • Ashikur, Rahman (PhD) ‘Political settlements and labour relations in Bangladesh’
  • Sa’adatu Gusau (PhD) ‘Outsourcing and labour relations in multinational oil companies’
  • Secki, Jose (PhD) ‘The effect of offshoring on labour institutions: a study in industrial relations’.
  • Andrew Chikowore (DSocSci) ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in the Extractive Sector’
  • Katsutoshi Fushimi (DSocSci) ‘Ceremonial adoption as a safeguard’


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