I am Professor in Work and Comparative Employment Relations at Leeds University. I joined Leeds University in 2015 as an Associate Professor. Prior to this I was a Junior Professor of European Studies at Magdeburg University and a Researcher at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. I obtained my PhD at the European University Viadrina in 2009 after completing a Diplom in sociology at Bielefeld University and a Master degree in Russian and East European Studies at Stanford University.

My main research interests focus on the dynamics of organisational restructuring and its impact on working biographies, precarity and workers’ responses. This covers a broad range of areas studying platform work and mobilisation, climate change and just transition, precarity and the labour market.

Research Interests
  • Platform work
  • Precarity
  • Voice and trade unions
  • Climate change
Research Articles

Trappmann V, Seehaus A, Mrozowicki A, Krasowska A. 2020. The Moral Boundary Drawing of Class: Social Inequality and Young Precarious Workers in Poland and Germany. Sociology. 

Mrozowicki A, Trappmann V. 2020. Precarity as a Biographical Problem? Young Workers Living with Precarity in Germany and Poland. Work, Employment and Society.  

Mrozowicki A, Trappmann V, Seehaus A, Kajta J. 2019. Who is a right-wing supporter? On the biographical experiences of young right-wing voters in Poland and Germany. Qualitative Sociology Review. 15(4), pp. 212-235  

Alberti G, Bessa I, Hardy KR, Trappmann V, Umney C. 2018. In, Against and Beyond Precarity: Work in Insecure Times. Work, Employment and Society. 32(3), pp. 447-457  


Trappmann V. 2013. Fallen Heroes in Global Capitalism. Workers and the Restructuring of the Polish Steel Industry. Palgrave Macmillan UK 

Bluhm K; Martens B; Trappmann V (eds.) 2013. Business leaders and new varieties of capitalism in post-communist Europe. 

Jesnes, Kristin, Denis Neumann, Vera Trappmann, Pauline deBevelier (2021): Food delivery workers´ protest in Paris, Cologne and Oslo: New Actors and old Allies in: A Modern Guide to Labour and thePlatform Economy, Edited by Jan Drahokoupil and Kurt Vandaele, Edward Elgar Publishing

Policy publications

Vera Trappmann, Ioulia Bessa, Simon Joyce, Denis Neumann, Mark Stuart, Charles Umney (2020): GLOBAL LABOUR UNREST ON PLATFORMS. The case of food delivery workers: FES

Simon Joyce, Denis Neumann, Vera Trappmann, Charles Umey (2020) “A global struggle: worker protest in the platform economy”. ETUI, 2020.