Claudio Morrison is Senior Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School, London. He previously held a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship at Warwick University, Sociology Department, where he had obtained his PhD. Claudio’s area of expertise is comparative employment relations. Since 1997, Claudio has carried out case study research and ethnographic fieldwork in the former Soviet Union. His current research focuses on migration, industrial relations and organisational change in post-socialist societies. He is the author of A Russian Factory Enters the Market Economy(Routledge, 2012). His publications featured, among others, in Europe-Asia Studies,Post-Communist Economies, the British Journal of Industrial Relations and Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Work Employment & Society and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. His current interests include historical memory, Labour mobility and the development of the labour movement in Russia.
Laurea cum Laude (Political Sciences), Post-graduate Dip. (Foreign Trade), PhD (Sociology),
Italian, Russian, English, Spanish (Basic)
English, Russian, Italian
I have taught a variety of courses at Middlesex University. As a researcher, I find engaging with students is one of the best ways to communicate and develop research concepts and methods. My approach aims at stimulating students intellectually by encouraging them to think critically about subjects and reconnect academic knowledge with their lived experiences. To this end, I strive to nurture strong relationships with students and among them. In class, participation and exchange of ideas are fostered by using a range of learning methods including interactive lecture delivery, group and ‘in twos’ activities.
Foundations in International Management and Organisation – 1st year
HRM in Global Context - 2nd year
Consulting in Organisations - 3rd year
Introduction to Business Strategy - MA International Industrial Relations
Organisational Change in Russia - MA International Industrial Relations
In addition to thought courses I had the pleasure to contribute guests lectures to students and PhDs about my research, fieldwork experiences and methods both in the UK (Reading, Glasgow, Warwick) and abroad (Padua, Napoli, Utrecht, Moscow, Kishinev).
Industrial Relations in CEE/CIS, Economy and Society in the Former Soviet Union, Qualitative Methods in Case Study Research, Research Ethics, Labour Mobility and International Migration, Labour in Construction.
Since 1997, Claudio has carried out case study research and ethnographic fieldwork in the former Soviet Union.
His research has focused on employment and industrial relations in post-socialist countries, management and industrial restructuring in the former Soviet Union, Labour Mobility and International Migration.
Individual projects have explored: enterprise management and social relations in post-soviet Russia; labour process and industrial restructuring in Russia and Moldova; institutions, path dependence and trade unions in post-socialist societies; international migration and labour turnover in post-socialist Europe and the EU.
His current interests include labour mobility and international migration; the economic geography of neoliberalism, nationalism and class conflict in Central Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; .
Empirical investigation has focused on textile, clothing and construction industries.
Research collaborations included Warwick University (UK); Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy); the Centre for Social and Labour rights, the Levada Analytical Centre, the High School of Economics (Moscow).
Publications feature, among others, in Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Communist Economies, the British Journal of Industrial Relations and Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Work Employment & Society and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. Findings have been disseminated in Russian, Italian and English via a multiplicity of outlets including edited books, conference proceedings, practitioner and academic journals in Russia, Estonia, Moldova, Italy and the UK.
For titles and full-text access to published papers and unpublished manuscripts go to my public profile on Google Scholar, Researchgate, Academia.edu and the Post-Socialist Labour Studies group website.
Serezhkina, Ekaterina and Morrison, Claudio and Cretu, Olga (2021) The Russian construction sector: informality, labor mobility and socialist legacies. In: Work and Labor Relations in the Construction Industry An International Perspective. Belman, Dale and Druker, Janet and White, Geoffrey , eds. Routledge, London, pp. 155-182. ISBN 9781138364783
Morrison, Claudio and Sacchetto, Devi and Croucher, Richard (2020) Migration, ethnicity and solidarity: 'multinational workers' in the former Soviet Union. British Journal of Industrial Relations , 58 (4). pp. 761-784. ISSN 0007-1080
Sacchetto, Devi and Cretu, Olga and Morrison, Claudio (2019) International migration, labour mobility and HRM. In: Critical Issues in Human Resource Management: Contemporary Perspectives. Prouska, Rea and Roper, Ian and Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha , eds. Macmillan International Higher Education | Red Globe Press, pp. 65-84. ISBN 9781137605412
Morrison, Claudio and Sacchetto, Devi (2018) Research ethics in an unethical world: the politics and morality of engaged research. Work, Employment and Society , 32 (6). pp. 1118-1129. ISSN 0950-0170
Morrison, Claudio and Cretu, Olga (2018) Migration scholarship in post-Soviet Russia: between Western approaches and Eurasian geographies. Sociology , 52 (3). pp. 626-631. ISSN 0038-0385
Funded Research and Knowledge Exchange:
Erasmus research & teaching exchange with Sociology, Padua University (IT), 2013 to present;
Expert participant to Warwick University (Sociology) Russian Programme project, (P.I Professor S. Clarke): 3-10 April 2005, Sharm-el-Sheikh; 3-10 December 2005, Sharm-el-Sheikh; 3-5 April 2006, Moscow; 14-15 December 2006, Moscow; 15-16 March 2007, Moscow; 4-11 April 2009, Sharm-el-Sheikh.
International Conferences recently attended to present research findings are:
HSE, Moscow; ISA Forum; EISA; IIPPE, International Labour Process Conference; IMISCOE; WES; BASEES.
Transformation Studies Working Group 2014-2018 (convenor);
Collaboration with academics and practitioners in Russia (High School of Economics, Levada Centre and Centre for Social and Workers Rights, Moscow), Ukraine (Centre for Social and Labour Research, Kiev), Poland (Institute of Political Science, Warsaw) and former Yugoslavia (East Sarajevo University, Sarajevo Plenum).
Organisation of seminars and International Workshop: ‘Post-Socialist Economies, Nationalistic Conflicts and Labour in Central-Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union’ - 29th May 2015, Middlesex University – London (co-sponsored by RES, BUIRA, MUBS); 'The state, industrial relations and collective bargaining in the former Soviet Union', BUIRA Conference 2018, 27-29 of June, Middlesex University, London(funded by BUIRA, Middlesex Business School, Leicester University; organised by: Dr Claudio Morrison and Dr Nikolaus Hammer).
(For members’ profiles and latest activities see: https://postsocialistlabourstudies.net/ )
Transnational Labour and Social Movements Research Cluster (leader) 2019-
The cluster intends to bring together academics from the Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences. The key aim is to identify common research themes, develop joined publication and funding initiatives and promote engaged-research teaching. Key research areas are: