ICDD Working Papers

The Working Paper Series aims to communicate to a wider readership the results of the academic research conducted within the ICDD’s interdisciplinary and international scientific network.

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Articles in Accredited Journals






  • McGuire, D. (2014). Analysing Union Power, Opportunity and Strategic Capability: Global and Local Union Struggles Against the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)," Global Labour Journal, 5(1), 45-67.
  • Ul-Allah S., Ali Khan, A., Fricke T., Buerkert A., Wachendorf M. (2014).
    Fertilizer and irrigation effects on forage protein and energy production under semi-arid conditions of Pakistan. Field Crops Research, 159, 62-69
  • Withanachchi,  S.S., Köpke, S.,  Withanachchi, C., Pathiranage, R., & Ploeger, A. (2014). Water Resource Management in Dry Zonal Paddy Cultivation in Mahaweli River Basin, Sri Lanka: An Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Climate Change Impacts and Traditional Knowledge. Climate 2(4), 329-354


  • Benya, A. (2013). Gendered Labour: A Challenge to Labour as a Democratizing Force. Rethinking Development and Inequality, 2(Special Issue), 47-62.
  • Joynt, K., & Webster, E. (2011). Discordant Voices: The Hidden World of Johannesburg. Journal of Workplace Rights, 16(2), 19-169.
  • Sefalafala, T., & Webster, E. (2013). Working as a security guard: The limits of professionalisation in a low status occupation. South African Review of Sociology, 44(2), 76-97.
  • Webster, E. (2013). Sword of Justice or defender of vested interest: South African Labour in comparative perspective. Rethinking Development and Inequality, 2, 97-108.
  • Webster, E. (2013). The promise and the possibility: South Africa's contested industrial relations path. Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, 81(1), 208-235.







  • Hussain, A. H. M. B. (2005). Urban Informal Occupants in Sylhet City: A Study of Social Exclusion Approach. SUST Studies, 7(1), 65-71.

Book Series Labor and Globalization

The Book Series is an essential part of the ICDD’s publishing programme, which aims to showcase the collection of academic research and writing addressing the impacts of globalisation and its implications for labour.

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Book Chapters


  • Nowak, J. (2015). Mass Strikes in Brazil, South Africa and India after 2008. In Labour and Transnational Action in Times of Crisis, 53-68. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Nowak, J. (2015). Workers Rights, Universal Claims, and Democracy in the Global South. Proceedings: International Colloquium Epistemologies of the South: South-South, South-North and North-South Global Learnings, (1) 715-728. Democratizing Democracy, Coimbra: Centro de Estudos Sociais.


  • Lambert, R., Webster, E. (2014). Transnational Unionism in the Global South. In Sandbrook, R. & Güven, A.B. Civilizing Globalisation. New York: State University of New York. 
  • Munir, A., Hensel, O., Scheffler, W., Hoedt, H., Amjad, W., & Ghafoor, A. (2014). Design, development and experimental results of a solar distillery for the essential oils extraction from medicinal and aromatic plants. Solar Energy, 108, 548-559.
  • Munir, A., Alvi, J. Z., Ashfaq, S., & Ghafoor, A. (2014). Performance evaluation of a biomass boiler on the basis of heat loss method and total heat values of steam. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 51(1), 209-215.
  • Webster, E. (2014). Building a sociology for the global South: assessing a south-south research. In Keim, W.(Eds.). Circulating Scientific Knowledge: Social Sciences and International Knowledge Production. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
  • Webster, E., & Joynt, K. (2014). 3 Precarious workers, different voices. Socio-Economic Insecurity in Emerging Economies: Building New Spaces, 28.
  • Webster, E., Bhowmik , S. (2014). Work, Livelihoods and insecurity in the South: a  conceptual introduction. Socio-Economic Insecurity in Emerging Economies: Building New Spaces.


  • Benya, A. & Webster, E. (2013). Dimensionen der Informalitat: Der Wandel der Arbietsleziehunye in Sudafrika Platingartel. In Burchardt, H. J., Peters, S., & Weinmann, N. (Eds.). (2013). Arbeit in globaler Perspektive: Facetten informeller Beschäftigung. Campus Verlag.
  • Joynt, K., & Webster, E. (2016). The growth and organization of a precariat: working in the clothing industry in Johannesburg’s inner city. Neoliberal Capitalism and Precarious Work: Ethnographies of Accommodation and Resistance, 43.
  • Munir, A., Sultan, U., & Iqbal, M. (2013). Development and performance evaluation of a locally fabricated portable solar tunnel dryer for drying of fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 50(3), 495-498.
  • Webster, E., & Nkosi, M. (2013). You Entered and Will Leave Through that Gate: Decent Work Deficit Amongst Farm Workers. South African Labour Bulletin, 11, 73-98.


  • Munir, A., Ashraf, M. A., Nasir, A., Hensel, O., & Iqbal, M. (2012). Ergonomics and occupational health in sugar industry of Pakistan. Pak J of Life and Soc Sci10(1), 74-9.
  • Munir, A., Ullah, A., Ghani, M. U., Iqbal, M., & Ahmad, M. (2012). Performance evaluation and simulation of a photovoltaic powered water pumping system. Pakistan Journal of Life and Social Sciences, 10(2), 166-171


  • Berg, O., & Schwenken, H. (2011). Can the undocumented migrant have a face in film? In Bischoff, C., Falk, F., & Kafehsy, S. (Eds.). (2014). Images of illegalized immigration: towards a critical iconology of politics (Vol. 9, pp.111-127). transcript Verlag.
  • Hussain, A. (2011). Asia. In Schwenken, H., & Heimeshoff, L. M. (Eds.). (2011). Domestic workers count: global data on an often invisible sector. kassel university press GmbH.
  • Schwenken, H. (2011). Multiple paths and dead ends towards extended rights for undocumented migrant women workers in the European Union. In Ruppert, U., Jung, A. & Schwarzer, B. (Eds.), Beyond the merely possible. Transnational women’s movements today. Baden-Baden: Nomos.


  • Bezuidenhout, A., & Webster, E. (2010). Contesting the New Politics of Space: Labor and Capital in the White Goods Industry in Southern Africa. In S. McGrath-Champ & A. Herod (Eds.), Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space (pp.368-382). London: Edward Elgar.
  • Brandenburg, M. & Seuring, S. (2010). A Model for Quantifying Impacts of Supply Chain Cost and Working Capital on the Company Value. In W. Dangelmaier, A. Blecken, R. Delius & S. Klöpfer (Eds.), Advanced Manufacturing and Sustainable Logistics (Series: Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing pp.107-117). London: Springer.
  • Brandenburg, M. & Seuring, S. (2010). Value-based Strategic Supply Chain Planning. In W. Kersten, T. Blecker & C. Lüthje (Eds.), Pioneering Solutions in Supply Chain Management – A Comprehensive Insight into Current Management Approaches (Series: Operations and Technology Management, Vol. 14 pp.185-196).Göttingen: Erich Schmidt.
  • Clement, U. (2010). Gestaltungsoptionen für das berufliche Schulwesen. In U. Clement, J. Nowak, S. Ruß & C. Scherrer (Eds.), Public Governance und schwache Interessen (pp. 63-74). Wiesbaden: VS.
  • Clement, U., Nowak, J., Ruß, S. & Scherrer, C. (2010). Einleitung. In U. Clement, J. Nowak, S. Ruß & C. Scherrer (Eds.), Public Governance und Schwache Interessen (pp.7-25). Wiesbaden: VS.
  • Dieterle, C. & Scherrer, C. (2010). Globalisierung als Herausforderung und Chance gewerkschaftlicher Bildung: Das Global Labour University Netzwerk. In B. Lösch & A. Thimmel (Eds.), Kritische Politische Bildung. Ein Handbuch, 515-524. Schwalbach/Ts: Wochenschau.
  • Dürmeier, T. & Schrerrer, C. (2010). Einleitung. In C. Scherrer, B. Overwien, & T. Dürmeier (Eds.), Perspektiven auf die Finanzkrise (pp.9-15). Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich.
  • Young, B. & Scherrer, C. (2010). Introduction. In B. Young & C. Scherrer (Eds.), The Role of Gender Knowledge in Policy Networks (pp. 9-17). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Riß, K. & Overwien, B. (2010). Globalisierung und politische Bildung. In B. Lösch & A. Thimmel (Eds.), Kritische Politische Bildung. Ein Handbuch (pp.193-204). Schwalbach: Wochen Schou.
  • Scherrer, C. (2010). Das Finanzkapital behauptet sich in der Krise. In C. Scherrer, B. Overwien, & T. Dürmeier (Eds.), Perspektiven auf die Finanzkrise (pp.159-176). Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich.
  • Scherrer, C. (2010). Finance Capital Will not Fade away on Its Own. In N. Pons-Vignon (Ed.), Don’t Waste the Crisis, Labour Responses to the Failures of Neo-liberalism (pp.31-36). Geneva: International Labour Office.
  • Scherrer, C., Hänlein, A., Heigl, M. & Hofmann, C. (2010). Stärkung von Arbeiterinteressen durch soziale Vergabekriterien im öffentlichen Beschaffungswesen. In U. Clement, J. Nowak, S. Ruß & C. Scherrer (Eds.), Public Governance und Schwache Interessen (pp. 111-126). Wiesbaden: VS.
  • Schwenken, H. (2010). Contesting Europe’s Borders: The self-organization and articulation of undocumented migrants in borderlands. In D. Singharoy (Ed.), Dissenting Voices and Transformative Actions. Social Movements in a Globalizing World (pp.257-276). Delhi, AL: Manohar.
  • Schwenken, H. (2010). Gender Knowledge in Migration Studies and Practices. In B. Young & C. Scherrer (Eds.), The Role of Gender Knowledge in Policy Networks (pp.94-114). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Schwenken, H. (2010). Transnationale und lokale Organisierungsprozesse für eine ILO-Konvention „Decent Work for Domestic Workers“. In U. Apitzsch & M. Schmidbaur (Eds.), Care und Migration: Die Ent-Sorgung menschlicher Reproduktionsarbeit in der globalen Peripherie (pp.195-210). Opladen, AL: Barbara Budrich.
  • Segovia Castillo, A. H., Chablé-Santos, J. B., Delfin González, H., Sosa Escalante, J. E. & Hernández Betancourt, S. F. (2010). Aprovechamiento de la Fauna Silvestre por Comunidades Mayas en Yucatán. In R. Durán & M. Méndez (Eds.), Biodiversidad y Desarrollo Humano en Yucatán (pp.385-387). Mérida, Yuc.: PPD-FMAM, Conabio, Seduma.
  • Seuring, S. (2010). Information Needs for Decisions on Supply Chain Design. In G. Reiner (Ed.), Rapid Modelling and Quick Response – Intersection of Theory and Practice (pp. 303-316). London: Springer.
  • Von Holdt, K. (2010.). The South African post-Apartheid Bureaucracy: Inner workings, Contradictory Rationales and the Developmental State. In O. Edigheji (Ed.), Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa, Potential and Challenges (pp. 241-261). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Webster, E., & Sikwebu, D. (2010). Tripartism and economic reform in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Chapter 5. In L. Fraile (Ed.), Blunting Neoliberalism: Tripartism and Economic Reforms in the Developing World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan/ILO.


  • Burchardt, H.J (2009). Condiciones macroeconómicas y conceptos económicos alternativos. In D. Fontaine & P. Aparicio (Eds.), Diversidad cultural y desigualdad social en América Latina y el Caribe (pp. 17-25). San Salvador: (Ediciones) Böll.
  • Chablé Santos, J. B., & Delfín González, H. (2010). Uso Tradicional de Fauna Silvestre. In R. Durán & M. Méndez (Eds.), Biodiversidad y Desarrollo Humano en Yucatán (pp. 377-381). Mérida: PPD-FMAM, Conabio, Seduma.
  • Clement, U. (2009). Visionen für das berufliche Schulwesen: Gestaltungsoptionen und Entscheidungsmomente. In W. Heidemann & M. Kuhnhenne (Eds.), Zukunft der Berufsausbildung (pp. 67-69). Düsseldorf: Hans Böckler Stiftung.
  • Dieterle, C. & Scherrer, C. (2009). Globalisierung als Herausforderung und Chance gewerkschaftlicher Bildung: Das Global Labour University Netzwerk. In B. Overwien & H. Rathenow (Eds.), Globalisierung Fordert Politische Bildung (pp. 209-217). Opladen: Barbara Budrich.
  • Leisinger, K., Wieczorek-Zeul, H. & Scherrer, C. (2009). Macht der Wirtschaft und Ohnmacht der Staatlichkeit? Konstitutionalisierungsversuche und Menschenrechte, Podiumsdiskussion. In Arnold-Arndt-Kreis (Eds.), Recht regiert die Welt – fragt sich nur welches? Vom Völkerrecht der Staaten zum Weltbürger- und Menschenrecht (pp. 21-51). Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.


  • Clement, U., Nowak, J., Scherrer, C. & Ruß, S. (Eds.) (2010). Public Governance und schwache Interessen. Wiesbaden: VS
  • Scherrer, C., Overwien, B. & Dürmeier, T. (Eds.) (2010). Perspektiven auf die Finanzkrise. Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich.
  • Scherrer, C. (2017). Enforcement Instruments for Social Human Rights along Supply Chains. Rainer Hampp Verlag.
  • Schwenken, H., & Heimeshoff, L. (2011). Domestic Workers Count. Global Data on an often Invisible Sector. Kassel: Kassel University Press.
  • Young, B. & Scherrer, C. (Eds.) (2010). The Role of Gender Knowledge in Policy Networks. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Other Publications

  • Afzal, A., Alvarado, J., Munir, A., & Ghafoor, A. Income generation of rural community by using solar distillation system.
  • Beck, Stefan & Scherrer, Christoph (2016). Trade regulations & global production networks. Global Labour University Workingpaper No. 43.
  • Benya, A. (2009). Women Face the Rock Face: What Challenges. South African Labour Bulletin, 33(5), 5-7.
  • Benya, A. (2009). If you Don’t Hear the Bell, You’re Mince: Woman’s Story of Mining Underground,. South African Labour Bulletin, 33(5), 7-9.
  • Benya, A. & Mavuso, N. (2007). Are Learnerships Effective in Combating Youth Unemployment?, South African Labour Bulletin, 32(02), 33-34.
  • Masondo, T. (2010). VW in Germany and South Africa: What Differences for workers? South African Labour Bulletin, 34, 10-12.
  • Ogola, T., Nguyo, W. & Kosgey, I. (2010). Dairy goat production practices in Kenya: Implications for a breeding programme. In Livestock Research for Rural Development. Retrieved 2010, from
  • Schwenken H. & Prügl. E. (eds.) (2011). An ILO Convention for Domestic Workers: Contextualizing the Debate. Conversations section of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, 13(3).
  • Schwenken, H., & Prügl, E. (2011, forthcoming). An ILO Convention for Domestic Workers: Contextualizing the Debate. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 13(3).
  • Schwenken, H., & Pabon, R. (2011, fort). Roundtable Conversation on the ILO Convention ‘Decent Work for Domestic Workers. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 13(3).

Presentations & Proceedings by ICDD Members on ICDD Topics

  • Summer School Report "Observations & Reflections on Decent Work Deficits in Agriculture", Merida, Yucatán, Mexico.
  • Abstract Book on International Workshop "Sustainable Energy Solutions for Community Development", hold in Pakistan (08-09 November 2016, Faisalabad)
  • Dossier – Petróleo, Trabajo y Sociedad en la Patagonia Argentina (spanish): In the context of a research cooperation between the chair’s research on ‘Extractivism’ in the International Center for Development and Decent Work and the Instituto de Estudios Sociales y Políticos de la Patagonia of the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan de Bosco in Comodoro Rivadavia / Argentina the dossier ‘Petróleo, Trabajo y Sociedad en la Patagonia Argentina’ has recently been published in the open Access online journal ‘Identidades’. The dossier discusses the economic, social, political, cultural and socio-environmental consequences of oil extraction in southern Argentina with a special focus on labor relations and social inequalities. 
  • TISS (2016): Decent Work & Sustainable Development along Rural Urban Gradients - Abstracts & Author Profiles. TISS-ICDD Conference 2016 Booklet
  • "Globalisation and Labour: A View from the South." by Bhowmik, S. The Presentation took place on 02.05.2012 at the ICDD.
  • Overcoming Social Insecurity in the Global South, a presentation of South-South research. Two presentations were held, the first by Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherrer (ICDD): “An introduction to the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)”, and the second was a joint contribution by Prof. Dr. Sharit Bhowmik (TISS) and Prof. Dr. Edward Webster (WITS): “Reducing Social Insecurity through Social protection - Lessons from India and South Africa.” Both presentations were held on June 16, 2011 at the Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik - German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn.
  • “What are the causes of the current state of the labour market?” by Prof. Dr. Sakhela Buhlungu. The presentation was held on November 10, 2011 within the context of the CCMA-facilitated 15 Anniversary Think Tank “The state of the South African Labour Market … Looking back and Looking forward” at the Gallagher Estate, Midrand.
  • 04.05.2011: Joint seminar on topics in tropical and subtropical agriculture and forestry and on development and decent work "Developing community forest gardens for conservation in situ of agrodiversity in Yucatan". Presentation by Prof. Dr. Juan José Jimenez Osorino, ICDD Ela Bhatt Guest professor, founder of the interdisciplinary research institute Protrópico, Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico

Video Lectures

The ICDD recognizes the relevance that video presentations have in teaching and learning, which is why we try to record and archive most of the public lectures delivered at our centre. 

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