Sustainability vision for 2035 of the project: "We make transition!"

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Geopolitical risks : What changes for Germany and Europe?

ED: Thomas Gehrig (University of Vienna), Lukas Menkhoff (HU Berlin), Doris Neuberger (University of Rostock), Dorothea Schäfer (iaw University of Bremen)

The crises of the 21st century have exposed significant weaknesses in globalized free trade. Both the Corona pandemic and the economic reactions to Russia's invasion of the Ukraine have shown the extreme dependence of Western industrial nations on a few large producers with significant market power. On the one hand, this affects high-tech goods based on computer chips, solar cells, wind turbines and pharmaceutical products, but on the other hand also raw materials, energy and bulk goods such as health and safety masks. In many places, blindly trusting in the functioning of the market, security of supply in the event of a crisis was carelessly overlooked.

Against this background, the question arises about the specific risks to the security of supply chains and the reasons why these are insufficiently insured in a globalized world. Who is affected and how will existing inequalities between population groups or regions be increased? What political conclusions can be drawn from the findings, and are deglobalization or friend-shoring indeed part of the correct answer?

How do the capital markets react to geopolitical risks – do they fulfill an insurance function or do they increase instabilities? What changes in the markets for international capital movements due to the new geopolitical risks are necessary? Are private, capital market-based risk sharing instruments more efficient than public ones? To what extent should the state intervene through trade restrictions, subsidies or transfers?

This issue addresses a variety of individual topics relating to the general topic of “geopolitical risks”. Of particular interest is the handling of geopolitical risks that arise in connection with: 

  • Supply chains in the shadow of uncertainty
    • renewable energies: solar panels, wind turbines
    • Chip production
    • Pharmaceutical industry
    • Resources: rare earths and other raw materials
  • Production networks and spillovers
  • Geopolitical risks
    • Political risks and sanctions
    • Trade risks and subsidy competition
      • Trade with autocratic countries
      • Trade without a legal system
      • Multi-sourcing
    • Geopolitical risks and financial markets
      • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
      • Private financial flows: Are there new risk premiums?
      • Is the synchronization of returns decreasing again?
      • Role of development financing
      • Remittances/Migration: Changes caused by geopolitical tensions
      • Role of foreign exchange market interventions
      • Government debt, especially in emerging countries, Africa
      • Role of the IMF (generally international financial institutions)
      • Is system stability influenced?
      • Payment transactions, retention of Russian funds,
      • Importance of competing institutions (e.g. BRICs), future of the Belt and Road Initiative


Authors who would like to submit a contribution (in German or English language) should send a short outline of the planned contribution (about 1/3-1/2 page) as soon as possible, but no later than June 15, 2024 to the Editors Thomas Gehrig (, Lukas Menkhoff (, Doris Neuberger ( and Dorothea Schäfer ( Feedback will be given within 10 days. The finished contributions, which should not exceed 40,000 characters in length, must be submitted in the first version by November 1, 2024. This is followed by a one- or two-stage peer review and revision process. Please note that manuscripts can only be submitted in Word format. We require images as separate files and in reproducible quality. The “Geopolitical Risks” issue of the Quarterly Journal of Labour and Economic Research will be published in May 2025.

Link Duncker & Humblot

We make transition! partners and change agents from six Baltic Sea region countries met in Gdynia, Poland for two intensive days (14-15 February 2024). The meeting was full of sharing and inspiring!

Joint vision and recommendations

More than 50 meeting participants worked in small groups with tasks such as:
– imagine a life of a person in the future that is sustainable
– what the local authorities should do in order to reach a future where civil society actors are empowered to enhance ecological and social sustainability?

The results of group works are used to elaborate the “joint vision of sustainable life in the Baltic Sea region and recommendations” to be published later in spring.

Kick-off in Helsinki
Kick-off in Helsinki
First meeting of the project participants in the EU Interreg project "We make transition!

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Dr. rer. pol. Tina Schneider
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28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-61701

Issue No. 32 of iaw Schriftenreihe

This paper examines how the collective bargaining parties of the German metal and electrical industry, Gesamtmetall and IG Metall, portrayed the Corona crisis in the public sphere. The empirical basis consists of press releases, guest contributions by the chairpersons and press interviews. The framing perspective adopted by this study promises to shed light on how the collective bargaining parties assess the social partnership's ability to act and what priorities they set. Social partnership is also coming under increasing pressure in the core areas of the German economic model. This is also reflected in our analysis: While at first glance there is a coalition of interests in the description of the crisis and the call for state aid to support the economy and safeguard employees, this is characterized by a strong imbalance. It is not just a matter of purely strategic cooperation on specific issues.
The employer-side also insists on wage restraint and leaves unanswered union calls for a more farreaching joint assumption of responsibility. Particularly against the backdrop of further effects of the pandemic on the labor market, this weakens the unions' bargaining power and puts further pressure on the institutional pattern of social partnership.

Hopp, Marvin; Kiess, Johannes; Menz, Wolfgang; Seeliger, Martin, (2022): „Social Partnership Revival“ The Framing of the Covid-19-Crisis in the German metal sector, Erschienen in: Schriftenreihe Institut Arbeit und Wirtschaft Bd. 32 // Download PDF

Together with Prof. Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky (LMU Munich), our researcher Martin Seeliger interviewed Prof. Judith Butler (UC Berkeley) about the structural change of the public sphere.

The interview will be published at the end of the year in a special issue of Theory, Culture & Society, co-edited by Sebastian Sevignani and Martin Seeliger. This will include texts by Douglas Kellner, Donatella Della Porta, Nancy Fraser, and Jürgen Habermas, among others.

Link to the interview

PD Dr. Martin Seeliger
FVG / Wiener Str. 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-61711

We welcome PD Dr. Martin Seeliger

We are pleased to welcome PD Dr. Martin Seeliger as the new Head of Department I „Transformation of the Work Society" on August 1st. Mr. Seeliger is a sociologist and studied at the Ruhr University in Bochum. His doctorate on “Social Construction of Organized Interests. Trade Union Policy in the Process of European Integration” was written at the Max Planck Institute for Social Research in Cologne. The topic of his recently completed habilitation is 'Negotiated Globalization'. In addition, Martin Seeliger has researched and published intensively on collective bargaining policy and collective labor relations, including economic crises and digitalization.
After various positions in Jena, Flensburg, Lüneburg and most recently in Hamburg, he is now coming to iaw. Here he will, among other things, work on a project on the subject of “Paradoxes of the EU Free Movement of Persons. Preference formation processes for and against European integration ”, funded by the DFG, in cooperation with Christof Roos from the University of Flensburg. Further research focuses are the institutional change of political economies and the structural change of the public.
Issue 35 of the series Work and Economy in Bremen

Zenz, Cora; Becke, Guido, 2021: Gemeinsam stärker! Betriebliche Unterstützungs-strukturen für Beschäftigte in der Langzeitpflege, Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen (Hg.), Reihe Arbeit und Wirtschaft in Bremen 35/2021, Bremen: Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen / Download

We congratulate Dr. Günter Warsewa for appointment as honorary professor at the University of Bremen in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Environment.


Issue 32 of the series Work and Economy in Bremen

Böhme, René, 2021: Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Beruf bei atypischen Arbeitszeiten. Balanceakt zwischen familiären und erwerbsbezogenen Anforderungen, Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen (Hg.), Reihe Arbeit und Wirtschaft in Bremen 32/2021, Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen.