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Barry Colfer

Visiting Scholar 2019-2020


Barry Colfer

Barry Colfer is a research fellow at the Institute for the Future of Work. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Cambridge and has studied at University College Dublin. Colfer's research examines European integration, industrial relations, and comparative politics and its effects on the politics of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

During his stay at CES, Colfer’s project will investigate how European labor unions are shifting their alliances to civil society organizations, in an effort to maintain their influence, as the power of social democratic parties is waning. His research will focus on unions in Belgium, France and Ireland.

Colfer has previously worked at both, the Irish, and European parliaments. He served as a research associate at the Policy Network, a London-based think tank, and as a teaching associate at Sciences Po in Le Havre. Colfer frequently comments on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and the implications for Ireland.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Future of Work
  • Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University

Research Project

Social democratic trade unions in Europe under austerity – The search for new alliances


Political Science