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September:  Imre Szabó and Darragh Golden gave a presentation at the ECPR General Conference at the University of Wroclaw (Poland, 4-7 Sep). Their paper compares the success of the European Citizens' Initiatives Right2Water  and Fair Transport Europe. Roland Erne and Vincenzo Maccarrone participated in the ILERA European Congress in Düsseldorf, entitled 'Perspectives of Employment Relations in Europe' (Germany, 5-7 Sep). Besides Roland's keynote speach, both presented their paper. In addition, Roland Erne acted as a panel member in the DBEI ILO NUI Conference 'Marking the Centenary of the International Labour Organisation - The Declaration of Philadelphia Revisited' (Dublin, 17 Sep). Vincenzo Maccarrone gave a presentation at the NERI Monthly Seminar on the social dimension of the European Semester (Dublin, 19 Sep).

On 16 Sep, we welcomed our new postdoctoral researcher, Jörg Nowak.

August:  Imre Szabó, Darragh Golden, Sabina Stan and Roland Erne presented papers at the ISA RC19 Annual Conference 'Global Crises and Social Policy: Coping with Conflict, Migration and Climate Change' at the University of Mannheim (Germany, 28-30 Aug). Their papers look at the European governance in the water, transport, and healthcare sector, respectively (our Working Papers 4, 5, and 6).

June:  Sabina Stan participated in the HOSPEEM-EPSU workshop 'Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the East, South and Central Europe' in Bucharest (Romania, 14 Jun).

Roland Erne closed our UCD Spring Seminar Series with a lecture on 'The Multinational Firm - The Archetype for the New EU Governance Regime?' (12 Jun).

Sabina Stan and Imre Szabó organised a fringe meeting at the 10th EPSU Congress in Dublin. Darragh Golden moderated their discussion with Clivia Conrad (ver.di, German) and Razvan Gae (Sanitas, Romania) on 'Trade Union Perspectives on the EU's New Economic Governance in Healthcare and Water Services' (5 Jun).

May:  Costanza Galanti and Mary Naughton gave a presentation each at the UCD Graduate Research Student Symposium 2019 in the UCD Sutherland School of Law (Dublin, 2 May). On the same day, the call for applications for the Doctoral Fellowship within the ERC project closed.

Vincenzo Maccarrone delivered two presentations on the EU's new economic governance at the Historical Materialism Conference in Athens (Greece, 2-5 May) and the Department of Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy, 14 May).

Roland Erne contributed to the UCD SDGs Research Seminar Series 2019: #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth through a presentation entitled 'SDGs and their implementation: The tension between labour policy and politics' (Dublin, 14 May). Moreover, he was appointed Vertrauensdozent (Liaison Professor) by the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation's scholarship department, which grants scholarships to about 2,900 students every year on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The research team attended the ETUC Congress 'A Fairer Europe for Workers!' in Vienna (Austria, 20-24 May).

Darragh Golden presented the co-authored article in the British Journal of Industrial Relations  at the European Studies Centre Deakin Fellow Conference 'Trade Unions, Democracy and Political Power in Europe' at the University of Oxford (30 May).

April:  Sabina Stan gave a presentation on the 'Impact of European policies on the privatisation of healthcare' at the conference 'Our Health Is Not For Sale! How to prevent health commercialisation and privatisation at EU level?' (Brussels, 2 Apr). The conference was live-streamed from the European Parliament.

Roland Erne was invited to the 20th Münchenwiler Retraite close to Berne (Switzerland, 5 Apr) and gave a presentation on his Transfer  article 'Direct Democracy and Trade Union Action'. The Retraite is an annual, policy-oriented labour relations conference organised by the Swiss union UNIA in conjunction with the Swiss Trade Union Confederation SGB-USS. He also made two contributions to the issue of flanking measures regarding equal pay for migrant workers which are threatened by the current draft Swiss-EU agreement. The contributions are available in the magazine of the Swiss Socialist Party (p. 13) and on the blog of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the German trade union-related Hans-Boeckler-Foundation (both 18 Apr).

March to June:  We are hosting the UCD Spring Seminar Series Labour Politics and the EU's New Economic Governance Regime - From Horizontal to Vertical Governance?  We have invited 4 guest speakers from Germany and the USA: Alexandra KAASCH, Christian JOERGES, Martin SEELEIB-KAISER, and Nicolas JABKO.

March:  The UCD HRM&ER Group became a member of a consortium of leading institutions, including the LSE, Cornell and Warwick University, that is organising an annual International Doctoral Workshop on Employment Relations. At this year's event at Warwick Business School (7-8 March), Vincenzo Maccarrone presented a PhD chapter on EU governance and Irish private sector industrial relations, while Roland Erne discussed two PhD chapters of students from SNS Florence and FAOS Copenhagen.


December:  Roland Erne gave a presentation on the ERC project at the UCD Geary Research Day 2018 on 13 December.

November:  Jamie Jordan left the research team to commence a permanent lecturer position at De Montfort University (UK).

October:  On 11 October, we organised an international public seminar on the special issue 24-2, 2018 of the SAGE journal Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research  entitled Trade unions and the polity: agendas and alliances.

September:  Roland Erne was invited twice as keynote speaker, namely at the conference La fin d'un monde? Salariat, sundicats et politiques du travail face aux réformes libérales of the French Sociological Association (AFS) in Paris (France, 6 Sep) and at the Industrial Relations in Europe Conference 2018 (IREC) in Leuven (Belgium, 10-12 Sep). At the IREC, the ERC research team also delivered first research findings in two panels on 11 Sep. Imre Szabó was invited to present at the conference Future of the Labour Law in Miskolc (Hungary, 19 Sep). As in the past years, Roland Erne was moreover invited to contribute a new chapter on 'Interest Groups' to the 2020 edition of the Oxford University Press textbook Comparative Politics. The textbook is a volume including some of the world's leading comparatists in political sciences.

July:  Roland Erne and Sabina Stan gave a presentation at the International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology 2018 in Toronto (Canada, 15-21 July).

June:  Roland Erne and Jamie Jordan delivered a presentation at the UCD HRM & Employment Relations Research Seminar in the UCD Smurfit School of Business (Dublin, 14 June).

May:  Roland Erne gave a presentation at the Unite the UNION Ireland seminar Bargaining for Progress (Dublin, 10 May). Roland Erne and Imre Szabó published three articles in the SAGE journal Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research. The full texts are accessible through our publications section.

April:  The call for applications for Doctoral Fellowships within the ERC project closed on 10 Apr.

March:  The ERC Public Launch event took place in the UCD Smurfit School of Business on 13 March.


November:  We established a Working Paper Series. The first two working papers are published by Roland Erne and Andy Storey.