Center Hosts Visiting Scholars from Spain and Poland

In the fall of 2019, the Center hosted two visiting scholars, who gave presentations, collaborated on research projects, and participated in classes and Center events.
Center Hosts Visiting Scholars from Spain and Poland

CGWR Visiting Scholars, Katarzyna Rakowska (left) and Dr. María Luz Rodríguez Fernández (right)

In the fall of 2019, the Center hosted two visiting scholars, who gave presentations, collaborated on research projects, and participated in classes and Center events. From October 7-27, we were joined by Katarzyna Rakowska, a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Warsaw. Her research focuses on the right to strike in contemporary Poland and the role of women in labor movements. She is also an activist in a Polish grassroots workers’ union called ‘Workers’ Initiative.’ Katarzyna says, “I was impressed by CGWR, its faculty and students. I have met committed labor organizers and activists from all over the world and learned firsthand about workers’ rights and struggles.”

Also, from November 4-December 8, we welcomed María Luz Rodríguez Fernández, an Associate Professor in Labour and Social Security Law at Castilla-La Mancha University (Spain). She was a member of the Spanish Parliament and worked in Spain’s Secretary of State for Employment. Her research interests include the impact of the economy 4.0 on labor market institutions, the impact of the EU economic crisis on social rights, gender equality in employment relations, and collective bargaining. She has authored six books, including Digital Economy: Its Impact on Work Conditions and Employment (2017) and Collective Bargaining, Equality, and Democracy (2016). Luz says, “Professors at the CGWR are really brilliant and excellent academics, so my stay there has been really fruitful for my research activity. But I would also like to highlight the excellent atmosphere of collaboration and friendship that reigns in the CGWR, which made my research visit an unforgettable experience.”