Dr. Jörg Nowak has a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University of Kassel. He has worked at University of Kassel as a Visiting Professor and at the City University of Hong Kong as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
Labour Unrest in India and Brazil
Chinese Investment in Brazil
Marxism and Postcolonialism
Dr. Jörg Nowak's current research (funded by the EU Commission) focuses on mass strikes in India's automobile industry and in Brazil's construction industry in the period between 2011 and 2014. The… read more
Dr. Jörg Nowak's current research (funded by the EU Commission) focuses on mass strikes in India's automobile industry and in Brazil's construction industry in the period between 2011 and 2014. The objective of the project is to analyse the forms of organisation that emerged in these strikes, at times in alliance with other social movements.
Past research was about general strikes in Western Europe, transnational solidarity networks of workers, strategies of German trade unions against inequality and on state theory. My PhD thesis, published by Westfaelisches Dampfboot in German, is the first systematic comparison of Marxist and feminist state theories and analyses the turn in German gender policy in the early 2000s.
One future project is about the social effects and social resistances around Chinese investment in the Brazilian energy sector, and Taiwanese investment in the Indian electronics sector.
Other future research lines concern transformations in the inland manufacturing industries in Portugal from the textile industry to producing drones for Frontex's surveillance of potential migration, the influence of spiritualist asscociations on the Brazilian labour movement, and theoretical work on the intersection of Marxism and the theology of liberation.