Dr Katy Fox-Hodess
Lecturer in Employment Relations
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Sheffield University Management School
Katy is a lecturer in Employment Relations and a member of CDW. She joined the Management School in February, 2018 from the University of California, Berkeley where she received her doctorate in Sociology.
Katy is an Associate Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and an Affiliate of the Centre on Labour and Global Production at Queen Mary University in London.
She currently serves on the Board of RC 44, the Research Committee on Labor and Labor Movements of the International Sociological Association.
- Research interests
Katy's research interests include trade union internationalism, democracy and politics, as well as labour in the logistics industry . Her current project is a global ethnography of the International Dockworkers Council, a non-bureaucratic global union organization.
The research examines the conditions under which dockworkers are able to successfully leverage their central position in the global economic system to support one another in struggle.
The project utilizes both cross-national and cross-regional comparisons of the IDC's work in Europe and Latin America, with a focus on five country case studies of recent disputes in Greece, Portugal, England, Chile and Colombia.
A first article from the project was published last year in the British Journal of Industrial Relations and a second article is forthcoming next year in Latin American Politics and Society.
Her current writing projects draw on the work of Nicos Poulantzas to develop a non-orthodox theory of worker power able to account for its simultaneous grounding in economy, state and ideology.
- The Social Foundations of Structural Power: Strategic Position, Worker Unity and External Alliances in the Making of the Chilean Dockworker Movement. Global Labour Journal, 11(3), 222-238.
- Building labour internationalism ‘from below’: Lessons from the International Dockworkers Council’s European Working Group. Work, Employment & Society, 34(1), 91-108. View this article in WRRO
- Worker Power, Trade Union Strategy, and International Connections: Dockworker Unionism in Colombia and Chile. Latin American Politics and Society, 61(03), 29-54. View this article in WRRO
- (Re-)Locating the Local and National in the Global: Multi-Scalar Political Alignment in Transnational European Dockworker Union Campaigns. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 55(3), 626-647.
- Teaching interests
Katy contributes to modules in Industrial Relations and Employment Relations for both undergraduate and MA students at the Management School.
Her approach to teaching seeks to foster students' ability to connect aspects of their own experiences as workers and consumers to theoretical frameworks on key aspects of work and employment today.
In addition, she seeks to develop students' critical thinking skills and interest in global labour issues.