Center for Global Work & Employment


A deepening global economy has challenged inherited approaches to labor management. The Center for Global Work & Employment explores the consequences of increased transnational competition for labor markets, employment relations and workplace conflicts around the world. In tracking the changing governance of work, it engages with strategic responses by businesses, workers and public authorities.


Workplace Transformation
The center engages with the transformation of work through interconnected lines of academic inquiry. View our research.

Stakeholder Engagement and Academic Network 
In line with SMLR’s mission, the center actively involves stakeholders in research, from developing projects to exploring the practical implications of academic inquiries. The center is also linked with academic partners, both domestically and internationally. Learn more

Internationalizing the Curriculum
The center contributes to the internationalization of Rutgers University by

  • Supporting comprehensive internationalization strategies - Learn more
  • Engaging in partnership-building with universities in China - Learn more
  • Facilitating student attendance at summer school in Transnational Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen - Learn more
  • Providing Research Opportunities for Undergraduates - Learn more


  • June 18, 2020
    Preventing Unemployment During COVID-19: Lessons from European “Short-Time” Employment Schemes: A Virtual Discussion and Q&A Hosted by the Center for Global Work and Employment. This event was held in cooperation with SMLR’s Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) and the Transatlantic Labor Institute (TLI). - Learn more
  • May 8, 2020
    Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Making a Case for Universal Basic Income? A Virtual Discussion and Q&A with Dionne Pohler, Associate Professor, University of Toronto - Learn more
  • March 26, 2020
    The Idea Gap in Pink and Black: Gender and Race in Innovation (Lisa D. Cook, Michigan State University) - SMLR Future of Work(ers) Series, presented in conjunction with the Center for Women and Work and the Education and Employment Research Center - Learn more
  • February 27, 2020
    Film Screening: "The World" - Acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-somethings from China's remote Provinces who come to live and work at Beijing's World Park, a bizarre cross-cultural pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center. Cosponsored along with the Rutgers SAS Signature Course "Global East Asia," Department of Geography, Confucius Institute, and Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy - Learn more
  • February 20, 2020
    Book Talk: The New Politics of Transnational Labor (Marissa Brookes, University of California, Riverside) - Learn more
  • December 9, 2019
    China, Trump's Tariffs, and Impacts on American Workers and Work - Learn more
  • November 14, 2019
    Invited Talk: How the Copy became the Prototype: Happiness Labor, Shenzhen Speed, and the Microworld of Innovation (Silvia Lindtner, University of Michigan) - Learn more
  • August 5, 2019
    Seminar: The Evolution of Human Resource Management in China in the Past 70 Years - Learn more
  • July 29 - August 12, 2019
    The Center for Global Work and Employment successfully partnered with Rutgers China Office to offer a Summer Camp for undergraduate students from Renmin University - Learn more
    Summer Camp
  • July 6, 2019
    Paper Development Workshop of Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources - Learn more
  • June 2, 2019
    Regional Template Workshop of the CRIMT Partnership Project - Learn more
  • May 31-June 1, 2019
    4th Annual Conference of Rutgers-Renmin Center for Global Work and Employment - Learn more
  • April 15, 2019
    The Realities and the Futures of Work (David Peetz, Griffith Business School and Wilma Liebman, formerly NLRB and Rutgers SMLR) - Third lecture in "The Global Debate on the Future of Work" series - Learn more
  • March 25-26, 2019
    The Platform Economy and the Future of the City - Conference in Philadelphia - Learn more

  • March 5, 2019
    Labor Voice and the Future of Work in Germany (Horst Mund, IG Metall) - Second lecture in "The Global Debate on the Future of Work" series - Learn more
    Future of Work in Germany

  • February 21, 2019
    Global Norm Formation in Multinational Companies: Understanding the Work of Globalizing Actors Tony Edwards (Loughborough University London) - First lecture in "The Global Debate on the Future of Work" series - Learn more

  • September 26, 2018
    From Mines to Malls: Migrancy, Labor, and Chinese Racial Capitalism in Johannesburg (Mingwei Huang, Dartmouth College) - Learn more
    Co-sponsored by Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, Department of Anthropology, Center for African Studies, and China Office
  • May 21-22, 2018
    Point-Counterpoint: Digital Technology and Work, Working Arrangements and Workers' Well-Being - Learn more
    3rd Annual Conference of Rutgers-Renmin Center for Global Work and Employment
  • March 27, 2018
    The Specter of Global China (Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA) - Learn more
    Co-Sponsored by Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies
  • March 1, 2018
    China's War on Poverty: Will it Succeed? (Qin GAO, Columbia University) - Learn more
    Co-Sponsored by Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies
  • September 14, 2017
    Faculty Lunchtime Program on The Transnational Challenge of Union Organizing. The Transnational Partnership Initiative of the IG Metall and the UAW – and Beyond - Learn more
  • August 30, 2017
    Workshop on “Rethinking German Political Economy: Lessons for Comparative Theorizing after the Social Democratic Century” - Learn more
  • July 14-17, 2017
    Conference at Renmin University in Beijing on Crowdwork - Learn more
  • July 2-5, 2017
    Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business (AIB)
    SMLR Professor Mingwei Liu, co-director of the Center for Global Work and Employment, and Can Ouyang, Ph.D. student at Cornell University, won the Best Paper Award in Emerging Economies Research. - Learn more 
  • June 25, 2017
    SMLR and East China University of Science and Technology Launch Master Courses Certificate Program - Learn more
  • May 2, 2017
    Talk by Mingwei Liu on “Allies or Competitors? A Contingency Perspective on the Relationship between Unionization and High-Performance Work Systems” - Learn more


Mingwei Liu
Associate Professor

Tobias Schulze-Cleven
Associate Professor