Ines Wagner, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Ines Wagner as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from May to June 2019.

Dr. Wagner is a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Social Research in Oslo. She holds a double PhD degree in Political Science and International Management from the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Groningen and an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Wagner was a visiting fellow at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, the European University Institute in Florence and the Institute of Economic and Social Research in Düsseldorf and is an alumna of the Global Young Faculty.

During her time at AICGS, Dr. Wagner will be working on the topic of technological change and the politics of IT outsourcing from a comparative perspective. Technological changes within the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and robotics alter the choices for employers  and the boundaries of the firm. Decisions on how to apply these new technologies are shaped by public policy. The project is based on case studies of auto firms (assembly and supplier), telecommunications providers, and IT service companies in Germany, Norway, and the U.S. These three countries are characterized by different industrial relations and labor market institutions. Dr. Wagner will conduct interviews with different stakeholders in order explore how technological innovations in, for example, Cloud Computing and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) are changing the choices firms face, leading many organizations to bring outsourced IT work back in-house or renegotiate the terms of their contracts with IT service providers. 

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Ines Wagner

Norwegian Institute for Social Research

Ines Wagner is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from May to June 2019. She is a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Social Research in Oslo. She holds a double PhD degree in Political Science and International Management from the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Groningen and an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Wagner was a visiting fellow at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, the European University Institute in Florence and the Institute of Economic and Social Research in Düsseldorf and is an alumna of the Global Young Faculty.

Her research on temporary and circular labor mobility in the European Union has appeared in the British Journal of Industrial Relations, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, among other outlets. Her book Workers Without Borders: Posted Work and Precarity in the EU was published with Cornell University Press in November 2018. She has received scholarships from the Norwegian Research Council, the Mercator Foundation, the Røwdes Foundation, and excellent young scholar awards from the Society for Advancement of Socio Economics and from the Society of Advancement of Management Studies.

During her time at AICGS, Dr. Wagner will be working on the topic of technological change and the politics of IT outsourcing from a comparative perspective.

She is a 2018-2019 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).