Patrick Witzak is a postdoctoral researcher at the professorship for "Sociology of Digital Transformation" at the Ruhr University Bochum (Prof. Dr. Markus Hertwig). He previously also worked as a research assistant at the professorship for "Sociology with a focus on work and organization" at Chemnitz University of Technology (formerly Prof. Dr. Markus Hertwig). Patrick is currently also an adjunct lecturer in the Transdisciplinary Course Program (formerly Studium Professionale) at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.
In his PhD thesis, he focused on the role of legal actors and transnational activist networks influencing the legally binding nature of new forms of labor regulation. He also conducts research on the digitalization of labor relations using the digital platform YouTube as an example. In the context of his research, he completed a stay as a Visiting-PhD Candidate at the Departamento de Sociología y Antropología Social at the Universitat de València (Prof. Dr. José-Manuel Rodríguez Victoriano) and at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University (Prof. Tobias Schulze-Cleven Ph.D.). Through the support of the Hans Böckler Foundation (Doctoral Seminar Program), he also completed a stay as a guest at the headquarters of the International Labor Organization.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Duisburg-Essen with a focus on work, organization and social structure. With the support of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation he completed a Master of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a focus on comparative societies and transnationalization. Afterwards, Patrick completed his PhD at the Chair of Sociology with a focus on Comparative Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack and Prof. Dr. Markus Hertwig with a PhD scholarship from the Hans Böckler Foundation.
Doctorate at the Chair of Sociology with a focus on Comparative Sociology, Institute of Sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen.
10/2022 Passed disputation (doctoral committee: Prof. Dr. Quack, Prof. Dr. Hertwig, Prof. Dr. Thomas Haipeter, Prof. Dr. Frank Kleemann).
05/2022 Submission of the dissertation (first examiner: Prof. Dr. Quack, second examiner: Prof. Dr. Hertwig).
Master of Arts Sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen, focus: Comparison of societies and transnationalization.
Bachelor of Arts Sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen, focus: Organization, Work and Social Structure.
Research Assistant, Chair of Sociology of Digital Transformation, Ruhr University Bochum.
Research Assistant, Chair of Sociology with a focus on work and organization, Chemnitz University of Technology.
Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Global Work and Employment, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA.
Visiting-PhD Candidate at the Center for Global Work and Employment, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA.
Visiting-PhD Candidate at the Departamento de Sociología y Antropología Social, Universitat de València,València, Spain.
Guest at the Headquarters of the International Labor Organization, Specialized Agency of the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, Doctoral Seminar Program of the Hans Böckler Foundation.
Beiträge in Fachzeitschriften (mit peer-review)
Hertwig, M. & Witzak, P. (2022). Hybrid Representation in the Platform Economy Challenges of ‘coalition building’ in the Cooperation between IG Metall and the YouTubers Union. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 51(2), 174-192. https://doi.org/10.1515/zfsoz-2022-0010
Witzak, P. (2016). Theoretische Ansätze in der Eurobetriebsratforschung. Duisburger Beiträge zur soziologieschen Forschung - DBsF. https://doi.org/10.6104/DBSF-2016-02
Posterbeiträge (mit peer-review)
Rezension und Tagungsberichte
SoSe 2018 – WiSe 2020/21
Acceptance of the introduction of electronic incoming invoice processing in local governments. MA Digital Work, Chemnitz University of Technology (second referee).
Effects of Virtual Collaboration on Employees in Project Teams - A Survey in Times of the Corona Pandemic. MA Digital Work, Chemnitz University of Technology (second referee).MA Digitale Arbeit, Technische Universität Chemnitz (Zweitgutachter).