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


  • 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
Assistant Professor