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About Ian Greer

Ian Greer is a Senior Research Associate in the ILR school. Prior to coming here he worked for nearly 10 years based in England, first as a Research Fellow at Leeds University and then as Professor of Comparative Employment Relations and Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit at the University of Greenwich. He has had visiting positions in Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, Cologne, Chemnitz, Jena, Paris, and Sydney.

He uses qualitative comparative methods to examine marketization and its effects in industrial relations and welfare states. His early work explored how German and US trade unions were coping with intensified price-based competition, through international solidarity, collective bargaining, coalitions with civil society, and organizing the unorganized. Over the years he has extended this line of questioning to examine the way that managers and policymakers stage competition across Europe, in multinational automakers, welfare-to-work schemes, social work, health care, ports, and music.


2015 - Present Senior Research Associate, Cornell University ILR School Labor Relations, Law and History
2011 - 2015 Professor, University of Greenwich ‐ Comparative Employment Relations
2008 - 2011 Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2010 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award for international work on the employment relationship from the Labor and Employment Relations Association

Contact Information

Cornell ILR School
Ives Hall
Ithaca NY 14853


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