Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Research team led by Professor Dagmar Schiek awarded research contract

28 August 2014 |

A team of researchers from the University of Leeds have been awarded a research contract by the European Parliament.

The reseachers comprise academics from the Centre of European Law and Legal Studies (CELLS, School of Law), the Centre of Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC, Faculty of Business) and the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE, School of Sociology and Social Policy).

This research contract aims to develop policy recommendation on reconciling potential conflicts between EU social and labour rights and the hard law of the EU internal market. Starting in September 2014, the Leeds team will cooperate with academics from Ireland, Poland, Spain and Sweden in order to offer a comparative perspective.

“This is an exciting opportunity to impact on EU policy, based on funded research projects investigating tensions between the social and economic aspects of European Integration. which I have led as Director of CELLS from 2008. We will work on rights to collective bargaining and competition law, the commercialisation of ports, and the tensions between state aid and competition law and developed welfare states, and deepen our research contacts with the Swedish REMARKLAB project, the Spanish GRETDISS project as well as the Universities of Gdiegna (Poland) Maynooth (Ireland) and Queen’s University Belfast, from where I will deliver the final part of the project.” Professor Dagmar Schiek. 

The nine-month contract, which is worth €118,000, was awarded under a Multiple Framework Services Contract with the European Parliament’s Research Department for the provision of expertise on regulatory and policy issues in the field of social policy and social protection to the EP’s committee on Employment and Social Affairs. A team led by Dr Andrea Wigfield and supported by Care-Connect, comprising researchers of CERIC and CIRCLE won this framework contract, potentially worth 2 Million Euro, only in autumn last year. The University of Leeds is unique among the five service providers in that it is the only University holding such a contract.

“Our first success under this framework contract demonstrates the specific strength which we as a research led University bring to the programme. We can draw on the full breadth of university departments and the international contacts held by our leading academics. This gives us the decisive edge over competitors. I am confident that this project will be a good start to our five years services period, which I am sure, will be extended in the future.” Dr Andrea Wigfield.

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