Short CV/Education and training


  • Since 2004
    Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Umeå University

  • 2002 – 2004
    Universitetslektor Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet

  • 1998 – 2002
    Forskarassistent (senior researcher) Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet

  • 1996 – 1998
    Wissenschafliche Mitarbeiterin (researcher) at Universität Bremen, Institute of history and social sciences

  • 1989 – 1998
    Director of the Institut für Migrations- und Rassismusforschung in Hamburg, a non-profit research and teaching institute, which I also co-founded

  • 1984 – 1987
    Deutsch-Ausländische Begegnungsstätte: WIR – Internationales Zentrum e.V.

  • 1978 – 1983
    Lecturer and Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Psychology

Visiting Positions

  • 2016
    Visiting Professor, Institute for Political Science, University of Vienna, and Arbeiterkammer, Vienna

  • 2014- 2018 Visiting Professor at the University of Vigo, Spain, Institute of Didactics

  • 2013 – 2015
    Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Arts& Human Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK

  • 2007 – 2009
    Jointly appointed as visiting professor by the Faculties of Engineering & Physical Sciences, and Arts & Human Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK

  • 2002
    (November) 2002: Visiting Researcher Toronto, York University, CERIS

  • 1991
    (Jan. – March) Visiting Research Fellow, City University, London


    Master in Adult Education at the University of Berlin

    PhD in Sociology, University of Kassel

    Habilitation, University of Umeå, Sweden

    Professorship in Sociology, University of Umeå, Sweden

Selected publications

  • 2018: Räthzel, N., David Uzzell, Jacklyn Cock: Linking the ‘red’ and ‘the green’: individual trajectories shaping trade union responses to climate change in South Africa. Forthcoming in: Globalizations.

  • 2017: Räthzel, N. and David Uzzell: The reproduction of business as usual, how does it work? Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. P.p. 1- 19. V.0, Issue:

  • 2015: Räthzel, N.; Uzzell, D.; Lundström, R.; Leandro, B.: The Space of civil society and practices of resistance and subordination. Journal of Civil Society, Vol. 11/2 pp. 154-169.

  • 2015: Ragnar Lundström, N. Räthzel, D. Uzzell: Disconnected Spaces. Introducing environmental perspectives into the trade union agenda top-down and bottom-up. Journal of Environmental Sociology, Vol. 1/3. Pp. 167-176.

  • 2011: Räthzel, N., Uzzell, D.: Natur oder Arbeit? Dilemmata und Perspektiven Gewerkschaftlicher Umweltpolitik. In: Das Argument 294. Pp. 734-744

  • 2011: Räthzel, N., Uzzell, D. Trade Unions and climate Change: The jobs versus environment dilemma. Global Environmental Change, 21 (4), 1215-1223. (Won 2nd price for best articles of the year from British Sociological Association, Climate Change Study group, was presented as research highlight in: Nature Climate Change, October 2011)

  • 2014: Transnational Corporations from the standpoint of workers. Palgrave/Macmillan. (with Diana Mulinari and Aina Tollefsen)

  • 2013: Trade Unions in the Green Economy. Working for the Environment. London: Routledge/Earthscan. (ed. and authored with David Uzzell)

  • 2008: Finding the Way Home. Young Peoples’ stories of gender ethnicity, class and place in Hamburg and London. (ed. and author. Co-authors: Phil Cohen, Les Back, Michael Keith, Andreas Hieronymus). Göttingen: V+R Unipress

  • 1997: Gegenbilder. Nationale Identitäten durch Konstruktion des Anderen. Opladen: Leske und Budrich.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 2017- 2019: VR: Cooperatives: transformative sustainable practices or lost in everyday routine? A study of the production of time, space, social relations, and discourses in cooperatives in Sweden, the UK, and Spain. With Diana Mulinari, Ragnar Lundström and David Uzzell. DNR: 2016-02219. 3 420 000 SEK.

  • 2011 – 2015: VR: Moments of danger, moments of opportunities. The role of individuals in transforming organisations. A qualitative and quantitative study of national and international trade unions in Sweden, UK, Spain, Brazil, South Africa and India. With David Uzzell and Ragnar Lundström. DNR: 2010-1990, 9 195 000 SEK

  • 2008 – 2010: Trade Unions facing the dual challenge of globalising work division and globalising environmental degradation. Funding: FAS, 4 100 000. DNR: 2007-1491. With David Uzzell, University of Surrey, UK.

  • 2005 – 2007: Grounding globalisation. The everyday lives of Volvo workers in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. With Diana Mulinari, Lund university, Irene Molina, Uppsala university, Aina Tollefsen, Umeå university, Paula Mählck, Mälardalen Högskola. VR, 2 980 000 SEK, DNR: 2004-2003

  • 2002 – 2004: Discrimination in Swedish Institutions – How does it function? With Ulrika Schmauch, doktorand. FAS: 2 498 600 SEK DNR 2001-2549.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Expert Panel STINT: Grants for Doctoral Students to Universities outside Sweden, Grants for network projects, Institutional Grants and Institutional Grants for Young researchers, 2007 – 2010

  • Vice Chair in the Expert Panel FORMAS: Group: Urban Development (Research Grants, Postdocs, and Forskarassistent), 2007 – 2008


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