Torsten Geelan is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Sociology of Work and Employment at the University of Leicester and a member of the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures.
Torsten completed his PhD and MPhil in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He works at the intersection of industrial relations, the sociology of media and social movement studies, with a primary focus on the media (newspapers, radio, television and social media) as arenas in which trade unions, employers and the State seek to control the agenda surrounding the changing nature of work, thereby shaping the future of employment. He applies a comparative, interdisciplinary and mixed-method approach to the study of contemporary industrial and political conflicts. He is currently working on two collaborative projects. The first project is investigating the role of social media in the recent UK University Pension Dispute. The second project is a co-edited special issue in New Technology, Work and Employment titled ‘The Internet, Social Media and Labour Movement Revitalization: Still behind the Digital Curve or Catching up?’
More broadly, Torsten is interested in alternatives to the most pressing issues of our time: inequalities of power and wealth, the erosion of democracy and the ecological crisis. He is the co-founder and co-chair of the new SASE research network I ‘Alternatives to Capitalism’ and the co-editor of a recently published book by Palgrave MacMillan (2018) titled ‘From Financial Crisis to Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons.’ To date his work has been published in journals such as the Industrial Relations Journal, Employee Relations, Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, and Danish Sociology.