Dr Nikolaus Hammer

Associate Professor in Work and EmploymentNikolaus Hammer

Contact details

  • 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, Mag.phil

I joined the University of Leicester in 2005 and work in the School of Business. I am also a member of the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures (CSWEF). 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 have acted as expert for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and consulted for the ILO. I have contributed to policy debates around International Framework Agreements at the level of the European Union (the Commission’s efforts to develop a Framework Directive on transnational collective bargaining) and the International Labour Organisation. I am an associate researcher in CRIMT’s subproject on ‘The Social Regulation of MNCs and Global Value Chains’. I am also a member of the current editorial team of Work, Employment and Society and Co-Director of the PhD Programme


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.


My research focuses on global value chain restructuring, social standards and social compliance. In particular, I am interested in the inter-relations between GVC restructuring, work and the labour market. In this respect, my research is also concerned with informal employment, precarious employment and labour market segmentation across GVCs and comparative capitalisms.

At the CSWEF I has been involved in organising a conference on ‘Labour, Global Value Chains and the Reshoring of Work and Employment’ I have conducted research together with colleagues from CRIMT (Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work, Université de Montréal) and DIIS (Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen).


I have held grants from the Ethical Trading Initiative (PI, working conditions in apparel supply chain), the Canadian SSHRC (CoI, effectivity of International Framework Agreements), the East Midlands Development Authority (CoI, economics of health).


I have supervised three postgraduate research students to successful completion as first supervisor and six as part of a team. 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

  • Helen Askey (DSocSci) 'A comparative study of the empowerment experiences of senior managers in a manufacturing and service organisation'.
  • Hesham Abdullah (DSocSci) ‘Health and safety practices and performance in the Gulf states’ aluminium smelters’.
  • Rebecca Gatt (PhD) ‘Middle managers' formalised expertise and dual function: looking into resistance and consent’.
  • Secki, Jose (PhD) ‘The effect of offshoring on labour institutions: a study in industrial relations’.
  • Xanthe Whittaker (PhD) ‘Behind the news:  Journalists and the reconfiguration of work in newspaper journalism’.


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