Verna Viajar is currently a PhD Fellow at the Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development of the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) in University of Kassel, Germany. She acquired her Master of Arts in Labor Policies and Globalization at the Global Labor University (GLU) program in 2005 at the University of Kassel and Berlin School of Economics. Prior to that, Ms. Viajar worked for a labor-education NGO in 1991-1998 and 2002-2012 as Trade Union Education Program Coordinator and Senior Researcher, respectively. She has been working with the Philippine labor movement since finishing her Bachelors degree on Political Science from the University of the Philippines.

Her research interests are on political-economy; migration and labor studies; Southeast Asian politics and government; and trade union and social movement studies.