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Elena Barron Himsworth

Research student, School of Modern Languages

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I started my PhD at the School of Modern Languages in 2018, to study "European social dialogue". The research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in collaboration with DTP Wales. The studentship included a MSc in Social Science Research Methods, which I completed in 2018.

From 2009 to 2013 I studied a BA in Japanese and Spanish (Cardiff). In 2016, I completed a MA in European Studies (Cardiff). My undergraduate degree included a year abroad where I had six months work-experience in Spain and six months at Chuo University in Japan.


Research interests

My PhD explores the voice of national trade unions in the European social dialogue processes. It examines the mechanisms of social dialogue comparatively in Germany, Spain, and the UK, in the cross-industry social dialogue, civil aviation sector, and central government administration sector. The aim of the study is to understand the context under which European social dialogue may give a voice to trade unions.

My PhD is currently being supervised by Professor Hanna Diamond, Dr Jonathan Kirkup and Dr Thomas Prosser. 

Professor Hanna Diamond - People - Cardiff University

Dr Jonathan Kirkup - People - Cardiff University

Dr Thomas Prosser - People - Cardiff University

My wider research interests are:

  • European Union studies

  • Japanese studies 

  • Language, identity and ideology 

  • Social dialogue

  • Policy-making