Rahoittaja: Suomen Akatemia
Tutkimuksen vastuuhenkilö: Pertti Koistinen
Muut tutkijat: Arja Jolkkonen, Arja Kurvinen, Kimmo Jarvanne, Tiina Soininen
Kesto: 2010 -2013
Name of applicant: Pertti Koistinen, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tampere
Title of research project: Re(de)commodification of Social Risks in the Context of Plant Closings
Sites of research: University of Tampere in cooperation with University of Joensuu, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Research Institute of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA), Bangalore University (India), Pune University (India) and LabourNet (Graduate School on Work & Welfare Studies).
Objectives: The central aim of this research is to evaluate the societal costs resulting from the relocation of enterprises. The research questions are: What is the social responsibility of globalised enterprises and societies? How the opposition and resistance are created in the context of plant closures and how does they influence on the behaviour of a global corporation, policies and the position of laid-off workers? What are the costs of the flexicurity in the context of plant closures? What are the employment risks of enterprises over the business cycle? What kind of social model does the investments and recruitments of relocated enterprises foretell for the labour of new locations?
Expected results and scientific and social impact: The research project will contribute to the social sciences with the following outcomes: 1. Provide theoretical and comparative understanding of the transition towards a more globalized society and economy from employment and social policy perspectives. 2. Provide a better understanding of the complexities of social and societal costs of changes in business environments and business operations. 3. Provide a better understanding of the policy options in the context of globalisation and especially studying the role of actors, local communities and global players and how they may interact with each other in this process. 4. Promote social dialogue on alternatives and consequences of globalisation between students and researchers of developing and developed countries. As scientific output the project will produce: two doctoral dissertations; articles and reports of three post-docs; graduate studies (courses); conference presentations; and as an end-report a book.
National and international collaboration: Universities of Joensuu and Tampere have a long history of cooperation in research and doctoral training. Now this will be developed and extended to include the LabourNet graduate school in order to train young doctoral student for globalisation studies in labour and social policy issues. We will extend our international cooperation to Duisburg-Essen university in Germany and Pune and Bangalore Universities in India which will create an opportunity for partnership in the doctoral training. The doctoral students of this project are also students of the LabourNet, which have an agreement on cooperation with REASSESS project in doctoral training in work and welfare studies.