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Ian Greer
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Ian Greer

Director, ILR Ithaca Co-Lab
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Ian Greer directs the ILR Ithaca Co-Lab and is a Research Professor. He carries out engaged research and teaching in Ithaca and the surrounding region. Before he moved to Ithaca he worked for nearly 10 years based in England, first as a Research Fellow at Leeds University and then as Professor of Comparative Employment Relations and Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit at the University of Greenwich. He has had visiting positions in Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, Cologne, Chemnitz, Jena, Paris, and Sydney.

He first encountered the world of work in summer jobs as field laborer, factory worker, and call center agent in Washington State. After undergraduate study at Bard College, he spent a year in Berlin on a Fulbright grant. Before coming to academia he worked for the Seattle Musicians Association, the Service Employees International Union Local 250, and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. He completed his PhD at the ILR School in 2005. For more information click here:

Research Statement

He uses qualitative comparative methods to examine marketization and its effects in industrial relations and welfare states. His early work explored how German and US trade unions were coping with intensified price-based competition, through international solidarity, collective bargaining, coalitions with civil society, and organizing the unorganized. Over the years he has extended this line of questioning to examine the way that managers and policymakers stage competition across Europe, in multinational automakers, welfare-to-work schemes, social work, health care, ports, and music.

Findings have been published in Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, Politics & Society, Social Science & Medicine, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, the European Journal of Industrial Relations, and Work Employment & Society, among others. Funding has come from his employers, as well as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Hans Boeckler Foundation, and the European Research Council. He is working closely on these projects with colleagues at ILR, Leeds, Greenwich, Duisburg, and Aalborg.


Journal Articles


  • Ian Greer, Charles Umney. 2022. Marketization. in How capitalist exchange subverts democracy and disciplines the working class. Bloomsbury Academic, 2022. (Accepted)
  • Ian Greer, Breidahl Karen, Knuth Matthias, Larsen Flemming. 2017. The Marketization of Employment Services and the Dilemmas of Europe's Work-First Welfare States. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Book Chapters

  • Ian Greer, Marco Hauptmeier. 2015. Social dumping as marketization: Managment whipsawing in Europe's auto industry. in Market expansion and social dumping in Europe. London: Routledge, 2015. Magdalena Bernaciak. (125-139)