Research Student: George Wilson
PhD Candidate in Law
I joined the School of Law in October 2011 and competed an LLM with the financial support of a Sidney Perry Foundation scholarship. In October 2012 I began my PhD, which is fully funded by the School of Law. In the summer of 2014 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Global Legal Studies Center, and the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin Law School, USA. This position was funded by the Worldwide Universities Network and was part of my research project ‘Exploring ‘New’ Normative Hybridity in European Industrial Relations’. In June 2016 I was a TLSI Fellow at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.
My PhD explores the idea of a European Union minimum wage policy and develops a method for its implementation based upon transnational collective bargaining and a hybrid approach to the design of regulation.
My research covers the areas of labour law, industrial relations, European law, jurisprudence, and governance and regulation.
I have a broad interest in minimum wages. In November 2015 I was invited to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to attend the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Brazilian trade union research institute DIEESE’s ‘International Conference on Minimum Wages’ as an expert speaker on the UK’s national minimum wage. I have also been interviewed on national radio and invited to write for online publications on living wages and the development of the UK’s national minimum wage.
At Leeds I have taught on the core Jurisprudence and Law and Legal Skills modules and the optional Jurisprudence Book Review module.
- ‘The View from Law and New Governance: A Critical Appraisal of Hybridity in Peace and Development Studies’ in Nicolas Lemay-Hebert and Rosa Freedman (eds) Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development (Routledge Forthcoming 2017)
- ‘The National Living Wage and Alternative Enforcement’, Global Labour Column, Number 215 (October 2015)
- Why we should fear the National Living Wage Left Foot Forward 1 April 2016 (quoted in The Independent)
- Let’s (Cautiously) Celebrate Living Wage Week CLASS: Centre for Labour and Social Studies 3 November 2015
- The Conservative Assault on Industrial Relations openDemocracy 27 July 2015
- The National Living Wage mirage is a disaster for the low paid The Conversation 9 July 2015
- The Politicisation of the National Minimum Wage Lex Laboris 7 July 2015
- What Now for the National Minimum Wage? The Huffington Post 13 May 2015
- The German Minimum Wage Act: An Opportunity Missed? Ideas on Europe (Labour and the Law) 26 January 2015
- Freud’s Minimum Wage Slip The Huffington Post 20 October 2014 (with Andrew Morton)
- Britain’s Broken Minimum Wage The Huffington Post 25 September 2014
I have been invited and funded to present my research nationally and internationally, including in Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.
In September 2014, I was invited to serve as part of the UK PhD delegation at the prestigious Pontignano comparative labour law conference in Gaeta, Italy.
I have recently been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Lincolnshire on the introduction of the national living wage (links to both are provided below).
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b074z5k0 (BBC Radio 5 Live, at 02:20:00)
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03l5n1x (BBC Radio Lincolnshire, at 02:12:00) (quoted in the Lincolnshire Echo)
I am happy to discuss issues relating to my research, in particular the UK’s national minimum wage and employment law more generally.