International Labour and Logistics Research Network

The International Labour and Logistics Research Network seeks to identify and confront the complex challenges impacting workers in the global logistics industry, while simultaneously producing collaborative research advancing decent work in the contemporary economy.

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International Labour and Logistics Research Network

The International Labour and Logistics Research Network brings together scholars, researchers, policy-makers, and organisers from around the world in order to promote research and dialogue on contemporary issues facing logistics workers. The International Labour and Logistics Research Network seeks to identify and confront the complex challenges impacting workers in the global logistics industry, while simultaneously producing collaborative research advancing decent and sustainable work as well as promoting economic and social justice.

If you would like to share and receive information on upcoming events, new publications and research projects, relevant news reports and worker organising in the logistics sector, please join our listserv through google groups or by emailing: katy.fox-hodess@sheffield.ac.uk.

Upcoming Events

Geographies of Labour in the Global Logistics Industry

Thursday, 28 Oct, 2021, 17:00 BST

Casper Gelderblom, PhD Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute "Locality, Transnationality and Labor Solidarity: Multi-scalarity in Activist Imaginaries Across Amazon’s Supply Chain"

Spencer Potiker, PhD Researcher, Department of Global Studies, University of California, Irvine “A Multi-Scalar Conjunctural Analysis of Border Region Logistics: Supply Chains, Cities, and Labor in the Age of E-Commerce.”

Hans Stephen, PhD Researcher, Department of Sociology, University of Chemnitz "The Social Antagonisms of the Logistical Restructuring in the Region of Leipzig"

Robert Koepp, Research Fellow and PhD candidate at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) "No job for the future? Automation strategy, workplace relations and the stability of the productive model in warehousing"

Talk takes place on Thursday 28 October at 5pm BST (9am PST) and will take place on Zoom.

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The Life Cycle of Container Ships: An Anthropology of Maritime Working Lives

Monday, 29 Nov, 2021, 17:00 BST

Camelia Dewan is an environmental anthropologist focusing on the anthropology of development. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo as part of the Research Council of Norway-funded Life Cycle of Container Ship project and the author of Misreading the Bengal Delta: Climate Change, Development and Livelihoods in Coastal Bangladesh (2021, University of Washington Press).

Johanna Markkula is a maritime anthropologist and postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, where she is part of the research project “(Dis-)Assembling the life cycle of container ships: Global ethnographic explorations into maritime working lives.” Johanna holds a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University and has carried out ethnographic research onboard cargo ships with multinational crews, as well as in the Philippines with different maritime organizations and businesses. She is currently working on a monograph, Moving worlds: Maritime work and life on the social ocean.

Elisabeth Schober is associate professor at the University of Oslo's Department of Social Anthropology, Norway. She is the author of Base encounters. The US armed forces in South Korea (Pluto Press, 2016). Schober is currently the principal investigator at Life cycle of container ships, a research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council, where she focuses on shipbuilding in South Korea and the Philippines. In 2019, she was awarded an ERC-Starting Grant for a project that centers on some of the world's most important container ports.

Other info: Talk takes place on Monday 29th November at 5pm BST (9am PST) and will take place on Zoom. The link and joining instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.

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Workers Inquiry Perspective on the Logistics Sector

Thursday, 23 Sep, 2021, 17:00 BST

(Book Talk for Workers Inquiry and the Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives, edited by Robert Ovetz)

Robert Ovetz is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and editor of Workers Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives (Pluto Press 2019) to which all the panelists have contributed.

Anna Curcio is a militant scholar in Italy who works on conflicts and labor transformations in the field of autonomous marxism.

Alpkan Birelma is an assistant professor at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, working on labour movements, sociology of work and social classes.

Dario Bursztyn is a Sociologist, independent researcher, and journalist based in Argentina. He is Editor of the political magazine www.purochamuyo.com and consultant for Prometeo Editorial.

Gifford Hartman, a founding member of the Global Supply Chain Study/Research Group (https://libcom.org/blog/empire-logistics), is an adult educator, labor trainer and working class historian

Other info: Talk takes place on Thursday 23rd September at 5pm BST (9am PST) and will take place on Zoom. The link and joining instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.

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Maritime Supply Chains, Labour and the Environment: Reflections on the Suez Canal Blockage

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 17:00 BST

Join us on Zoom for a seminar discussing Maritime Supply Chains, Labour and the Environment: Reflections on the Suez Canal Blockage.
The talk will include contributions from:

Professor Andrea Genovese and Akis Bimpizas, Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre,University of Sheffield

Dr. Charmaine Chua, Dept of Global Studies, University of California - Santa Barbara

Dr. Martin Danyluk, Dept of Geography, University of Nottingham

Samantha Levens, ITF Northern California ships inspector

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March-April 2021 Seminar Series 

Contemporary Labour Issues in the Global Maritime Industry

Thursday, April 15, 9:00 am PST/ 5:00 pm GMT

Book talk: "Capitalism and the Sea" (Verso 2020)

Liam Campling (Professor of International Business and Development, Queen Mary University) 

Alejandro Colas (Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics, Birkbeck)


The Impact of New Technologies on Labour: Warehouse Work and Beyond

Thursday, April 1, 9:00 am PST / 5:00 pm GMT

Lisa Kresge (Researcher, UC Berkeley Labor Center)

Liz Blackshaw, Director of Global Campaigns, ITF

Craig Gent (Novara Media)

Kirsty Newsome (Professor of Employment Relations, University of Sheffield)


Building Worker Power through Supply Chain Organising

Thursday, March 18, 10:00 am PST/ 5:00 pm GMT [Note that time difference is only 7 hours this week due to different start dates for daylight savings time]

Peter Olney (Former Director of Organising, International Longshore and Warehouse Union and faculty member at Building Trades Academy, School of Human Resources and Labour Relations, Michigan State University)

Glenn Perusek (Former Director of the AFL-CIO's Center for Strategic Research and faculty member at Building Trades Academy, School of Human Resources and Labour Relations, Michigan State University)

Ben Norman (Researcher, Unite the Union)

Katy Fox-Hodess (Lecturer in Employment Relations, University of Sheffield)


Labour Issues Facing Amazon's Global Workforce

Thursday, March 4, 9:00 am PST/ 5:00 pm GMT

Book talk with contributors from: "The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy" (Pluto Press 2020)

Jake Wilson (Professor of Sociology, California State University - Long Beach) 

Ellen Reese (Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies, University of California at Riverside)

Amazon Workers International (a cross-border coalition of Amazon workers)

Jörn Boewe (politologist and journalist with “Work in Progress”)

Johannes Schulten (doctoral student in Sociology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and journalist with “Work in Progress”)

Francesco S. Massimo (doctoral student in Sociology, Sciences Politiques and founding editor of Jacobin Italia)

Staff

Professor Kirsty Newsome
Professor in Employment Relations
Sheffield University Management School
The University of Sheffield
Conduit Road
Sheffield S10 1FL
k.j.newsome@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Katy Fox-Hodess
Lecturer in Employment Relations
Sheffield University Management School
The University of Sheffield
Conduit Road
Sheffield S10 1FL
katy.fox-hodess@sheffield.ac.uk

Professor Jake Alimahomed-Wilson
Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840 USA
Jake.Wilson@csulb.edu