Migration, Welfare and the Political Economy of Labour Market Segmentation

Migration, changing work organisation and ethnic segmentation in private and public sectors of the economy demands new research strategies that relates the global political economy to changing welfare regimes.

This research stream includes studies on migration, changing work organisation and ethnic segmentation in private and public sectors of the economy. It raises new perspectives on the informalisation of labour, on recruitment and employment strategies and on institutional discrimination. Research within the stream develops understandings of social capital, the local and transnational networks and the career strategies of migrants and ethnic minorities in cities marked by residential segregation, complex ethnic divisions of labour and new occupational niches. It relates the political economy of international migration and changing ethnic relations to the study of changing welfare regimes and labour market regulation and to the incremental influence of supra-national frameworks of governance.

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Civil Society Organisations and Educational Achievements

Young people from lower socio-economic strata living in marginalized urban areas have substantially more difficulties in school. This project aims to study if and how participation in civil society organizations may improve this situation.

Project leader: Anders Neergaard

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Strategies and Structures

This project analyses how changes in policies and regulations affect conditions and opportunities for small business development in different industries, and how self-employed persons act in response to changes in opportunity structures. We study strategies of growth and survival within specific industries and markets, but also transitions of self-employment across industries and types of markets.

Project leader: Martin Klinthäll

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From Workers Self-Management to Global Workforce Management

The project aims to explore the impact of foreign direct investments (FDI) on employment and human resource management practices, new organizational ethnic hierarchies, industrial relations and local communities in different national contexts.

Branka Likic-Brboric and Zoran Slavnic

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