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WORKERS | 1974 | Cesar Legaspi

Work, not money, makes the world go round. Driven by this conviction, Casper’s research centers on the practice and theory of transnational labor politics. His doctoral studies explore the concept of solidarity and the role it plays in transnational labor alliances and campaigns – particularly those within Amazon.com, Inc. His research is supervised by Professor Dorothee Bohle.

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PUBLICATIONS:

● Essays and blog posts:
T. Scholz and C. Gelderblom, “Building an Alternative to Amazon? Toward a planetary-scale, pluralist commonwealth for the digital economy,” Public Seminar, May 14, 2021.     

C. Gelderblom and R. Emilio Chesta, “Amazon, il voto in Alabama e i conflitti nel mondo,” Sbilanciamoci, April 12, 2021. 

C. Gelderblom, “This Black Friday, It Is Time to #MakeAmazonPay,” ROAR, November 26, 2020.

C. Gelderblom, “Workers vs. Bezos,” Unionist at Cornell ILRJanuary 9, 2019.

● Papers:
C. Gelderblom, “Of Workers’ Movements and Pandemics: Past, Present, and Prospects,” presentation at the EUI & SNS Labor Politics Working Group, April 24, 2020, Florence.

C. Gelderblom and F. Bagnardi, “Labor as a Transnational Actor: Potential and Pitfalls,” presentation at the EUI & SNS Labor Politics Working Group, February 26, 2020, Florence. 

C. Gelderblom, “The Future of the EU’s Social Dimension: Reconciling Job Quantity and Job Quality,” paper presented at Politeia International Conference of Political Scientists 2019, September 28, 2019, Athens. 

C. Gelderblom and A. Jongerius. “Een Vuist Maken Over de Grenzen Heen [Making A Fist Across Borders],” Socialisme & Democratie 2:2 (2018): 18-32.

● Book reviews:
C. Gelderblom, “José van Dijck, Thomas Poell, and Martijn de Waal (2018), The Platform Society: Public Values in a Connective World, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 226,” PArtecipazione e COnflitto 12:3 (2019): 980-992. 

● Reports: 
C. Gelderblom,
“Youth, Unions, and a European Future that Works for All,” ILO Global Initiative: Decent Jobs for Youth, February 19, 2019. 

P. Tang, C. Gelderblom, C. Ketting, G. Oosterwijk, and S. Schotte. “Wat je niet in het jaarverslag zult lezen: QuickScan belastingontwijking door multinationals [What you won’t read in annual reports: QuickScan of tax avoidance by multinational corporations],” January 6, 2016.

● Other projects:
Senior researcher in book project:
S. Heijne and H. Noten, Fantoomgroei: Waarom we steeds harder werken voor steeds minder [Phantom growth: Why we keep working more for less] (Amsterdam: Atlas Contact, 2020). 

Research support for long-read in The Correspondent’s “Concealed Histories” series:
K. Amatmoekrim, “Haïti versloeg het immense leger van Napoleon. Maar daarvoor betaalt het land nog steeds de prijs [Haiti beat Napoleon’s immense army. But it’s still paying the price],” De Correspondent, September 6, 2018.

Media:
V. Sanches, C. Hoffman, and C. Gelderblom, “Amazon workers are rising up around the world to say: enough,” The Guardian, May 26, 2021. 

C. Gelderblom and B. van Weegberg, “Amazon verplettert werknemersverzet in een Amerikaans stadje, met zulk gedrag krijgen wij nu ook te maken [Amazon crushes labor resistance in an American town, now we’ll be confronted with the same conduct,” De Volkskrant, April 9, 2021. 

K. Votavová, “Czechs Don’t Use Amazon, but Amazon Does Use Czechs,” Jacobin, December 26, 2020.

NPO Radio 1: De Dag
 [Dutch public radio]. “De Winterdag: wie online shopt wil/moet dit weten [Winter days: Here’s what online shoppers want/need to know].” December 22, 2020.

N. Lennard, “Amazon workers are organizing a global struggle,” The Intercept, December 3, 2020.

I. Reichert, “»Amazons straffreie Tage sind vorbei«,” Der Spiegel, December 3, 2020.

C. Gelderblom, “This Black Friday, a global coalition is holding Amazon to account,” The Guardian, November 27, 2020.

C. Gelderblom, “Hacer que Amazon pague,” El Ciudadano, November 26, 2020.
[This essay was translated and re-published in publications in Brazil (Carta Maior), the United Kingdom (Novara Media), India (The Wire),  France (Mediapart), Kenya (The Elephant), and the Philippines (Bulatlat).] 

NPO Focus Wetenschap [Dutch public radio science podcast]. “Flora Tristan: De vrouwelijke voorganger van Marx [Flora Tristan: Marx’ female forerunner].” March 7, 2019. 

NPO Radio 1 [Dutch public radio]. “De onthoofding van Lodewijk XVI en de gele hesjes [The decapitation of Louis XVI and the yellow vest movement].” January 21, 2019.

C. Gelderblom, “Macron is een neoliberale wolf in schaapskleren [Macron is a neoliberal wolf in sheep’s clothing],” Trouw, May 1, 2018.  

A. Jongerius and C. Gelderblom, “Een écht sociaal Europa komt niet zonder concrete maatregelen [A genuinely social Europe requires concrete measures],” Joop, November 17, 2017.