Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

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Mr Andrew Waterman

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Politics with Sociology (1 st Class), University of Portsmouth. MA in European Studies (Distinction), University of Portsmouth.
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Email: andrew.waterman@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I obtained both my BA and MA qualifications at the University of Portsmouth. My MA thesis developed a theoretical understanding of trade union advocacy and expertise using the case study of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in preparation for my current PhD project which studies how European trade union confederations have attempted to influence world trade negotiations between 1973 and the present. Four confederations (the UK Trade Union Congress (TUC), the German Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB), the French Confédération générale du travail (CGT) and the ETUC have been selected as part of my research design to address both national and EU-level dimensions. Most importantly, my study analyses how the strategy of these trade union confederations has changed over this period and what factors can be highlighted to explain this. Within this broader question of the temporal shift in trade union strategy, my project will question the extent to which trade union strategy has specifically shifted from advocacy to expertise.



  • Comparative Politics
  • European Studies
  • Contemporary History

Research Cluster 

  • Transnational Europe - CEISR