March:  We celebrated the start of the European Research Council (ERC) project Labour Politics & the EU's New Economic Governance Regime on 13 March 2018 in the UCD Smurfit School of Business. One of the world's leading scholars in European Union studies and comparative labour politics, Philippe C. Schmitter, from the European University Institute in Florence, delivered a thought-provoking keynote speech. Lisa O'Neill performed live three labour-related songs. Cooking for the end of Direct Provision, Our Table refreshed our numerous guests with delicious food and drinks.

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(Andy Storey mentions Our Table in his article about Direct Provision in Ireland.)


September:  UCD appointed Dr Stavroula Demetriades - Senior Research Manager at Eurofound - to the position of Adjunct Professor in HRM and Employment Relations.

June:  We hosted a UCD Jean Monnet Chair Lunchtime Seminar Series on 14/15 June 2017 with international speakers that was attended by students, researchers and industrial relations practitioners:

Jamie Jordan

University of Nottingham

Global Restructuring & Resistance

Labour Politics & the Euro Zone Crisis in Portugal & Greece

15 June 2017

Rolle Alho

University of Jyväskylä

Inclusion or Exclusion?

Trade Union Strategies and Labour Migration

14 June 2017

Stefano Gasparri

Warwick Business School

Between institutions and movements

Comparing union strategies in fashion retail in Italy and US

14 June 2017

As part of the WEGE module, we organised a fieldtrip to Eurofound on 13 June, where we met the following EU officials: Erika Mezger (Deputy Director); Christian Welz (Senior Project Manager) and Peter Kerckhofs (Research Officer) in the Working Life Unit; Stavroula Demetriades (Senior Research Manager, Employment Unit).


November:  Between 16 and 18 November, a 3-day long fieldtrip to Brussels gave the students of the European IR & HR module the opportunity to visit EU institutions as well as business and trade union confederations. The students met with EU officials and practitioners from the European Parliament (MEP Lynn Boylan, Ireland), the European Trade Union Confederation (Martin Todd, EPSU; Thorsten Müller, ETUI), BusinessEurope (Guillaume Cravero, Senior Advisor), and the European Commission (Stefano Martinelli, DG EMPL; Henning Ehrenstein, Adrian Poignant, Frank Siebern, DG GROW).