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Professor Bernd Brandl

Professor in Management, Director of Research of Management and Marketing Department

Professor in Management, Director of Research of Management and Marketing Department in the Business School


Bernd Brandl was educated at the University of Graz and the University of Vienna (both in Austria) as well as at the University of Bologna (Italy). He started his academic career as a Lecturer at the University of Graz and later at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria). He then took up the post as an Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna (Austria) and later acted at the University of Vienna in various positions (i.e., Associate Professor and Temporary Professor).

In course of his positions at the University of Vienna he acted as Head of Department (2010 – 2011) and many other leadership and organizational positions (e.g., programme and curriculum development) for many years. At the University of Vienna he gained his “Habilitation” in 2009 which is the highest academic qualification a scholar can achieve by his or her own pursuit in Austria (and Germany). In 2012 he moved to the United Kingdom to work as a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of York and later at the University of Newcastle.

In his research he is dealing with methodological, empirical and theoretical research questions in the fields of comparative employment relations and international HRM. He is disseminating his research in various outlets (i.e. academic journals, policy reports, books) as well as on the occasion of research seminars and international conferences. He gave many invited presentations at seminars and conferences (including plenary and semi-plenary presentations). He was also the main coordinator (i.e. Chair) of Research Network 17 on Work, Employment and Industrial Relations at the European Sociological Association. Among various duties in this position he was organising yearly workshops and panels at many international conferences including at Universities in: Durham (2023), Manchester (2019), Athens (2017), Prague (2015), Dublin (2014), Turin (2013), Lisbon (2012), Geneva (2011).

For more than two decades, Bernd Brandl has provided regular policy analysis and advice as expert/consultant for various international institutions including the European Commission (EC/EU) (based in Brussels), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (based in Washington), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (based in Paris), and the International Labour Organisation (ILO)/United Nations (UN) (based in Geneva).

From 2013 until 2020 he was a member of the Advisory Committee to the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND, Dublin), a specialist agency of the European Commission. In this position he participates actively at high-level European Union policy workshops and meetings in many European countries and provides input for policy reports and policy briefs which are used by European Union policy makers to make informed policy decisions.

Bernd Brandl is also involved in externally fundend reserach projects for more than two decades. He was Principal Investigator (PI) and main coordinator for many national and international research projects as well as partner and national coordinator for many more funded research projects. The list of funders include the European Commission, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) among many more. The budget of all research projects exceeded the million pound/euro mark many years ago and many projects were embedded in international networks (e.g. with Universities in Austria, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden).   

Professor Brandl welcomes PhD applicants interested in researching (examples):

  • the use of new technologies (such as for example analytical methods, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Data Mining, etc.) in HRM and industrial relations
  • the role of employer and business organizations in different countries and industries (especially in Latin American, African and Asian countries)
  • the role and effects of collective wage bargaining
  • the European and transnational coordination between trade unions and/or companies and/or business and employer organizations
  • the European governance of work and labour

Country comparative research as well as country case studies on Latin American, African and Asian countries on the topics above is very welcome.

Students interested in a PhD in the fields outlined or related areas and fields above should contact Professor Brandl via email.

Mini Biography

Bernd Brandl is dealing with methodological, empirical and theoretical research questions in the fields of employment relations and international HRM. In particular, much of his thematic and theoretical research focused on comparative cross-country analyses of different employment relations and labour market systems, institutions and policies. 

He is disseminating his research in various academic outlets (i.e. academic journals, books) as well as in reports which are relevant for informed policy/decision makers. He has given more than more than200 presentations at seminars and international conferences (including various invited plenary and semi-plenary presentations). His research is also found to be of interest by various international organizations as he worked as an advisor/consultant for various organisations (e.g. International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organization, and European Commission).

Research interests

  • HR Analytics (Big Data, AI, Data Mining)
  • Employment Relations
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Business Interest Organizations


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