Dr Anita Hammer

Job: Senior Lecturer, Comparative and International HRM

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Research group(s): International HRM Contemporary Work and Employment Relations

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7208

E: ahammer@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/research/research-faculties-and-institutes/business-and-law/human-resource-management/crowe-research-themes/work-and-development-in-the-global-south/work-and-development-in-the-global-south.aspx


Personal profile

Dr Anita Hammer is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative and International HRM. Anita’s research focuses on the Global South, in particular India , and examines the development trajectories of new industrial regions, changing patterns of work and employment and the role of the informal economy. The research is interdisciplinary and draws on economic geography, sociology of work, and development. It contributes to key international academic and policy debates on regional development, industrial and social upgrading and the nature of capitalism.

Anita’s expertise is in regional development, informal economy, trade unions and workers’ movements and she would welcome PhD proposals in these aspects, especially from the Global South and Southern Europe. She is currently supervising 4 PhD students.

Anita is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) and Regional Studies Association (RSA). She is the module leader for Globalisation and International HRM modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Previously, she was a member of the Indian Civil Service.

Research group affiliations

International HRM

Contemporary Work and Employment Relations 

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Globalisation and its impact on work, employment and regional development
  • Political economy of India
  • International and Comparative HRM

Language expertise: Hindi (Fluent in writing and speaking); Urdu, Gujarati and Punjabi (working knowledge); German (basic)


PhD (University of London)

MPhil (JNU, Delhi)

MSc LSE (University of London)

MA SOAS (University of London)

BA (Hons) (Delhi University)

Postgraduate Certificate in Skills of Teaching (University of London)

Certificate in Research Supervision (De Montfort University)

Courses taught


Module leader for Globalisation and International HRM; Graduate Certificate in International Business and issues of IHRM ; and Masters in International Business and HRM

Supervision of Dissertations at Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels


International HRM and Organisational Behaviour, Distance Learning MBA programme, Royal Holloway, University of London

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of Regional Studies Association (RSA)

Member of Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economic (SASE)

Associate at the Centre for Workplace Research in Asian Societies (CWRAS), Royal Holloway, University of London

Research collaboration with University of Leicester; School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University; and CRIMT, Canada

Conference attendance

Conference Papers

  • SASE Conference, London 2015, Hammer, A. Skills, Firms and the State in India: securing development or perpetuating inequality?
  • CRIMT Conference, Montreal 2015, Hammer, A.  Plus ça change…New skills policy, patterns of skill formation and firms’ strategies in India 
  • BUIRA Conference, Leicester 2015, Hammer, A. Patterns of skill formation and firms's strategies in India: implications for industrial relations
  • SASE Conference, Chicago 2014, Hammer, A. Global-local dynamics in a New Industrial Region in India, Mini-conference on Multi-level Institutions and the changing global dynamics of production.
  • SASE Conference, Chicago 2014, Hammer A. and Hammer, N. The Informal Economy in Emerging Economies’ Labour Market Dynamics: a comparison of India and Russia.
  • SASE Conference, Milan 2013, Hammer A. Challenges of applying comparative capitalism analysis to India: some reflections and evidence.
  • ILERA-Europe, Amsterdam, 2013 Hammer, N, A Hammer, G Williams Informality and Transnational Labour Agency, Paper presented at the Symposium ‘Emerging Economies, MNCs, and Transnational Unionism’.
  • CRIMT International Conference, Montreal 2012 Williams, G, A Hammer, N Hammer, S Davies Organising IFAs in India, Russia, and South Africa.
  • SASE Conference, Paris, 2009, Hammer, A. ‘The failed avant-garde? Role of the SEZ in the Indian state model’.
  • WES Conference, Aberdeen, 2007 Trivedi, A. ‘Trade Unions in a Constrained Environment: workers voices from a SEZ’.
  • De Montfort University/European Union Conference, Leicester, 2007, Trivedi, A. and Raja, J.Z. ‘Differences, Multiculturalism or Perpetuation of Deprivation: A study of   established migrant community in a deprived area in the South-East of Britain’.
  • 25th International Labour Process Conference, Amsterdam, 2007, Trivedi, A. ‘Global Influences and Sub-National Variations: Firms and Workers in a Newly Industrialising Area in India’.
  • EGOS Conference, Norway, (Labour organising and social movements), 2006,Trivedi, A. ‘Are Social Movements the answer? Findings from a newly industrialising area in India’.
  • 24th International Labour Process Conference, London, (Work-Life Boundary Stream), 2006,Trivedi, A ‘Globalisation, Workers’ Spaces and Social Exclusion: A study of firms and workers in a newly industrialising area in India’.

Current research students

I welcome PhD proposals that explore the nature of capitalism, regional development and the informal economy in the Global South and Southern Europe. Some background in disciplines of political economy, development, sociology or economic geography with an interest in labour would be useful.

Current PhD supervisees:

  • Ayman Adham ‘Patrimonial capitalism in Saudi Arabia’
  • Rochelle Haynes ‘ MNCs and Expatriates’
  • Andreas Fernandeiro ‘ Sub-national embeddedness of MNCs in France’
  • Marco Gottero ‘ Social Movement in Southern Europe’

Professional esteem indicators

Referee for Journals:  Personnel Review, Industrial Relations Journal

Reviewer for ESRC final grant report


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