Helena Gräf

Helena Gräf‘s research focuses on industrial and economic policy responses in Germany and the European Union in response to the changing competitive situation that the global expansion of Chinese companies (e.g. through FDI) has created. Previously, she completed “Political Economy of European Integration” M.A. at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) and a one-year study visit at the Universidad de Montevideo in Uruguay. In her DAAD-funded master’s thesis, she analyzed the impact of the sustainability chapter on labor standards in the EU’s Free Trade Agreement with Vietnam in the context of her work for the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) on trade agreements and public procurement as labor governance instruments in the context of global production networks. She is currently a Pre-Doc Grant-Holder at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Sciences at the University of Erfurt and is also working at the HWR as a research assistant in the project “Global Value Chains in Germany, India, and Brazil after COVID-19 – Beginning of a New Type of Globalization?”. Her research interests include political economy, global value chains, comparative capitalism studies, and economic sociology.

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  • Gräf, H. & Raj-Reichert, G. (2020) Bessere Arbeitsbedingungen weltweit. Das neue Berliner Vergaberecht stärkt soziale Verantwortung für Lieferketten, WZB-Mitteilungen 168, 95-97.