Torsten Geelan

Dr. Torsten Geelan is an affiliated researcher at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, where he completed his MPhil and PhD. His doctorate thesis examined the role of media in Danish and British trade union responses to the 2008 financial crisis. Torsten’s primary strand of research focuses on the media (newspapers, social media) as arenas in which trade unions, employers and the State seek to shape public debate on the changing nature of work, thereby shaping the future of employment. He applies a comparative (Denmark and the UK), interdisciplinary (industrial relations, sociology of media and social movement studies) and multi-method approach (interviews, thematic content analysis) to the study of contemporary industrial and political conflicts and is currently working on two collaborative projects. The first project is as Co-PI on a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant examining the role of Twitter in the 2018-2020 UK higher education strike together with PI Professor Athina Karatzogianni. The second project is a special issue in New Technology, Work and Employment co-edited with Dr. Andy Hodder titled “The Internet, Social Media and Labour Movement Revitalization: Still behind the Digital Curve or Catching up?” His secondary strand of research focuses on alternative ways of organising the economy which he pursues as the co-founder and co-chair of the “Alternatives to Capitalism” Research Network at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. He has held a Lectureship at the University of Leicester (2018-2020) and an External Lectureship at the University of Copenhagen (2013) during which he developed and delivered an undergraduate module in ‘Work and Society’ and a post-graduate module in “The Comparative Sociology of Labour Markets”. To date his work has been published in the Industrial Relations JournalEmployee RelationsTransfer: European Review of Labour and Research, and Danish SociologyHe is also the co-editor of a book published by Palgrave MacMillan (2018; 2020 paperback) titled From Financial Crisis to Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons.

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