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Ines Wagner, DAAD/AGI Research Fellow

Ines Wagner

Norwegian Institute for Social Research

Ines Wagner is Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on equal pay for work of equal value, the double mobility of capital and labour in the European single market, and technological change and the quality of work. She has held fellowships at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins in Washington, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, and the European University Institute in Florence. Professor Wagner has published with, amongst others, Cornell University Press and in popular media outlets such as The Guardian and Harvard Business Review.

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

Dr. Wagner is a Senior Researcher at the 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 AGI, 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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