Chiara Benassi
E: The Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States

Chiara Benassi is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Human Resource Management at King’s Business School (King’s College London).

I completed my PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science and I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. I am an industrial relations scholar working at the intersection between political economy and sociology of work and employment, with a focus on the effect of the institutional context on union strategies, employer strategies and workers’ outcomes at national, sectoral and workplace level. I apply a multi-level approach to the study of work, linking (changes in) policies and institutions at the national level to workplace outcomes. My current research project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, investigates how national and local institutions affect how large and small firms in the automotive sector develop and use skills in the workplace in different European countries. My work has been published in international academic journals such as the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Socio Economic Review, Politics & Society, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

I have been coming to SASE since the first year of my PhD, and it still is the conference where I feel most “at home”. I serve as convener of Network E “The Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States” and on the SASE Membership Committee. I am also one of the founding members of the SASE Women and Gender Forum.

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