Global production networks and labour
Our research in this field is concerned, first, with global production networks as nexus of interconnected functions, operations and transactions through which products or services are produced, distributed and consumed. Second, and related, our research investigates the geographies and politics of labour, labour agency and the outcomes for labour of economic globalisation and change.
Who we are
Stefan Bouzarovski (Groups: SERG, CPERG)
Stefan’s research focuses on the development of new frameworks to understand how infrastructural formations are implicated in the making of spaces and territories. Within this, he has been primarily concerned with the equity implications of socio-technical transitions in urban contexts.
Jamie Doucette (Group: CPERG)
Jamie studies the politics of labour restructuring on the Korean peninsula, including the political representation of labour, forms of labour protest, and the effects of reterritorializing strategies such as special economic zones on the rights of workers.
Sarah Marie Hall (Groups: SCRG, CPERG)
Sarah's interest in global production networks and labour relates largely to the ethics of production and consumption, particularly with regard to everyday familial consumption, crafting and thriftiness. I am also interested in the embodied techniques, practices and memories of those involved in the work of making (especially gendered industries such as sewing and dressmaking), and how these skills can be applied in different settings for different motivations.
Martin Hess (Groups: CPERG and SCRG)
Martin’s main research interest firmly lies in the analysis of global production networks (GPNs) and regional development. In particular, he is interested in the embeddedness and power configurations of GPNs and their implications for development outcomes. The latter has renewed his interest in development issues in the Global South, which at present is one focus of his research.
Saskia Warren (Groups: SCRG, CPERG)
Saskia’s work investigates how diverse communities experience social and spatial in/exclusion in cultural and creative economies. Recent research has looked at the role of cultural intermediaries in UK policymaking and neighbourhood-level interventions with focus on debates, practices and policy around multi-culturalism.
Current research projects
- Global Production and Local Outcomes. Martin Hess (Geography), Khalid Nadvi, Stephanie Barrientos, Rory Horner, Gale-Raj-Reichert (Global Development Institute), Rudolf Sinkovics, Mo Yamin and Stefan Zagelmeyer (Manchester Business School)
- Geographies of Dissociation. Oliver Ibert (IRS, Germany), Martin Hess (Manchester, UK) and Dominic Power (Uppsala, Sweden)
- Cultural Intermediation and the Creative Economy. Saskia Warren.