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About Kurt Vandaele

I joined ETUI as a researcher in the winter of 2007 after seven years of (post)doctoral research at the Department of Political Science, Ghent University, Belgium. As a political scientist, my areas of interest include the structural, institutional and associational power of workers, the history and sociology of the trade union movement, strikes and collective action. At Ghent University, where I did research on Belgian trade unions and industrial relations, I was first a fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders and later a postdoctoral fellow. Today my research is focused on trade union recruitment techniques, organisational changes and outcomes in terms of the composition of membership of unions. I am currently doing research on trade unions in the New Member States of the European Union and candidate countries with regard to the union structure, the union merger process and unionization.

Positions

Present Senior researcher, PhD, European Trade Union Institute
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Research Interests

History and sociology of the trade union movement in Belgium, Strikes and collective action, Unions in the New Member States of the European Union and candidate member states, Structural, institutional and associational power of workers, and Recruitment and organising strategies of unions

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Honors and Awards

  • 2006: Travel grant received from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) for participation to the conference European Social Science History Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2005: Article “Een halve eeuw vakbondslidmaatschap" is nominated as a ‘prizing-winning article by a non-English language social scientist’ for World Political Science Review

Courses

  • 2005: Academic English: writing skills, University Language Centre, Ghent University, Belgium


Contact Information

ETUI
Research department
Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5 box 4
B - 1210 Brussels
Belgium

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