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SPEEED Executive Summary

The final project report is available for download 'SPEEED project report'.


SPEEED Project Dissemination Workshop 22nd March 2018

UK Research Office (UKRO), Rue du Trône 4 in Brussels, Belgium

The SPEEED project investigates factors effecting the effective engagement of trade unions and employer organisations in the coordination of working conditions and employment policies (e.g. working time regulations) across the European member states.  On Thursday 22 March 2018 Barbara Bechter (PI) and research team members (Manuela Galetto, Warwick University and Tom Prosser, Cardiff University) presented research results to important European level stakeholders. Participants in   the dissemination workshop included. the European Commission, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions (Eurofound), European Public Service Unions (EPSU), the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' Association (HOSPEEM), NHS Europe, and the European employers' organisation representing companies of the metal, engineering and technology-based industries (CEEMET).

The project studies European policy making and coordination in 39 sectors and the 28 European member states, with  quantitative analysis  complemented by in-depth case studies focusing on economically important sectors such as the metal and hospital sectors.  The aim of European wide policy coordination is to prevent regime competition and the erosion of working conditions in the member states. Additional workshops with European stakeholders will follow in May and June 2018 to facilitate the impact of the research project and its potential input into European-wide policy initiatives to improve employee conditions.


3rd SPEEED project meeting has been held at the Warwick Business School - 8th and 9th June 2017

The meeting brought together researchers, academic advisors and experts. All of the project partners were able to attend as well as the academic advisors: Professor Berndt Keller (University of Konstanz), and Professor Paul Marginson (University of Warwick), Professor Guglielmo Meardi (University of Warwick, Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit), Dr Christian Welz (Eurofound).

The two-day meeting was split into a one day project workshop, followed by presentation and discussion secessions with the advisors on the second day.

Working papers will be presented at the 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, 29th August 2017 – 1st September 2017 in Athens, Greece and the Industrial Relations in Europe Conference, 7th September 2017 – 8th September 2017 in Warsaw, Poland.


2nd SPEEED project meeting held at Durham University Business School - 27th and 28th January 2017

After 10 month of initial research the project members and academic advisers have met in Durham to discuss progress and preliminary results of their research. All of the project partners were able to attend as well as the academic advisors: Professor Stephen Bach (King’s College London), Professor Berndt Keller (University of Konstanz), and Professor Paul Marginson (University of Warwick). 

The meeting consisted of presentations by the researchers on their field research so far and discussion of preliminary findings with the academic advisors.

After a successful meeting the researcher will now continue their fieldwork in March/April 2017 by conducting interviews at the national level with social partners engaging in European sectoral social dialogue in five countries (Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the UK and two sectors (hospital and metal sector).

The first findings will be presented at the 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, 29th August 2017 – 1st September 2017 in Athens, Greece and the Industrial Relations in Europe Conference, 7th September 2017 – 8th September 2017 in Warsaw, Poland.



November 2016 - We welcome our new team member Gizem Bozdemir

Gizem Bozdemir joined Durham University Business School as a Research Associate in November 2016 to work on the SPEEED Project. She is responsible for undertaking the collection and analysis of quantitative data for 43 sectors and EU-28 member states to map social partners’ structural capacity to engage in European social dialogue. She is also contributing to the development of research reports and working on research papers in collaboration with the project partners.



Dr Sabrina Weber

Sabrina Weber presented at the 11th International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) European Regional Congress „The future of representation“, Milan/Italy, September 2016 the paper: ‘European sectoral social dialogue through the lens of agency theory’.


Dr Thomas Prosser

'Project member Thomas Prosser, responsible for research in Poland, recently completed a two month research stay at the Solidarność trade union in Warsaw. During his stay he established contacts with Polish social partners which will be highly useful when conducting field research for the SPEEED project.

Dr. Thomas Prosser also recently had an article on the relationship between implementation of European social dialogue and Varieties of Capitalism theory accepted by the Journal of Common Market Studies. The article will be published shortly.'


Research Associate - Job Vacancy

We would like to draw your attention to the following job at the Durham University Business School.

Durham University is looking to appoint a Research Associate to work for a period of 12 month on the SPEEED project funded by the European Commission. This international project is led by the Durham University Business School and is carried out in collaboration with project partners in Germany, Sweden and the UK.

We welcome expressions of interest from candidates which hold a PhD in the field of Industrial Relations, EU Policy, or Labour Market Studies or a relevant area and will be experienced in quantitative research methods, especially in data base development and analysis, and will possess a good knowledge of European industrial relations systems.

This Research Associate position is a good opportunity for an committed researcher to join an international team to pursue research in comparative industrial relations.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Barbara Bechter (