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The Team

EuSocialCit is conducted by an international research consortium in which eight European universities and a leading think tank participate. The research team consists of experts in political science, European and labour law, sociology, social policy, economics and public opinion studies, while a crucial strength of the consortium is that many also have policy experience and a thorough understanding of the reality of policy-making at EU and national level in different welfare state settings.

University of Amsterdam

The research consortium is coordinated by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and two if its research institutes: the AIAS-HSI and the AISSR. The AIAS-HSI unites the former Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies and the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute and is a multidisciplinary research institute with expertise in the study of the labour markets, labour relations and welfare, combining law, economics, sociology, and political science. The AISSR is the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, which unites all of the UvA’s social science research. The AISSR studies contemporary societies and their interrelationships from historical, comparative and empirical perspectives, and is considered one of Europe’s leading multidisciplinary social science research organizations.

Maarten Keune

Maarten Keune

Professor of Social Security and Labour Relations

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Principal Investigator of the EuSocialCit project is Prof Maarten Keune. Keune holds a Chair in Social Security and Labour Relations at the Faculty of Law since 2009 and is a member of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies-Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut (AIAS-HSI). He obtained a PhD in political and social sciences from the European University Institute in Florence and previously held various positions at the International Labour Organisation and the European Trade Union Institute. His area of expertise concerns the relationships between labour markets, labour relations and welfare states in Europe, on which he has widely published. He has extensive experience in management (six years Director of the former AIAS) and has coordinated and participated in numerous international research projects financed by the EU and other sources.

Brian Burgoon

Brian Burgoon

Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy

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Brian Burgoon received his PhD from MIT in 1998 and held posts at Brandeis University and Johns Hopkins University SAIS before joining the UvA faculty. His research and teaching focus on the interaction between political and economic life in three research lines. The first concerns the nature, origins, and consequences of economic globalisation, including trade, investment and migration. The second concerns the political economy of welfare and labour-market policies, regulations and standards in industrialized countries. And the third concerns how economic conditions influence violent conflict, including civil wars and terrorism. Burgoon is Director of the AISSR and member of the AISSR program group ‘Political Economy and Transnational Governance’ (PETGOV).

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Nuria Elena Ramos Martín

Assistant Professor

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Nuria Ramos Martín holds a Degree of Law at the University of Salamanca (Spain, 1997) and followed a postgraduate legal studies at the Universities of Bristol and Salamanca. She has worked as a researcher/lecturer at the Labour Law Department of the University of Salamanca (1999 to 2003) and was Marie Curie fellow at the University of Amsterdam (2004). In 2005, she defended her PhD thesis (Cum Laude) on “Equal treatment in EU Social Law”. Ramos Martín is currently Assistant Professor at the Labour Law Department AIAS/HSI, University of Amsterdam, where she, among other things, coordinated several EU funded projects dealing with precarious employment in Europe, European Social dialogue, industrial relations in the public sector, new forms of employment and comparative socio-legal studies on equal treatment and personal and household services in Europe. Ramos Martín has been the project manager of the EU Jean Monnet Project EU labour law perspectives – Enhancing the EU social pillar (2017-2019) and contributed as expert to several reports for the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Agency SOCIEUX+ on telework, precarious work in Europe, and transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU.

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Marlies Vegter

Lecturer and researcher in Labour Law

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As a lawyer, Marlies Vegter (1965) has over 25 years of experience in various positions, including as an attorney-at-law, as a university lecturer, as a policy worker for women’s rights and as a self-employed lawyer. At present Marlies works both as a self-employed lawyer and as a lecturer and researcher in labour law at the University of Amsterdam. The areas of focus of Marlies are labour and law (both national and international), equal treatment/discrimination law and employer liability. Marlies is editor-in-chief of one of the most important case-law magazines in the Netherlands on employment law and of one of the most used commentaries on the Dutch legislation in the field of employment. In addition, Marlies is a member of the ‘European Network of Legal Experts in gender equality and non-discrimination’ and of the National Complaints Committee on Unwanted Behaviour for the decentralized government. Marlies also works as a deputy judge in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. In her capacity of lecturer and researcher at the University, Marlies is involved in research concerning the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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David van der Duin

Junior researcher

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David van der Duin is junior researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Since finishing his master in 2019, Van der Duin has been involved in multiple research projects spanning a broad range of subjects, such as ‘High Dosage Tutoring’ learning interventions among pupils, the micro foundations of violent public encounters, the political dynamics of and public attitudes toward the European Union pesticide regulation regime, the apparent cleavages among Belgian voters concerning welfare policies, the stabilisation of European economies through the creation of a European unemployment scheme. Within EuSocialCit, Van der Duin is engaged in work package 6 and primarily concerned with the construction of a dataset containing information of opinions of, policies relating to and outcomes of social rights provision.

Joris de Vries

Joris de Vries

Project manager

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Joris de Vries is research funding advisor with a specific focus on multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects. His primary activity is the identification of new opportunities to coordinate new multipartner research projects and to provide full support in the proposal preparation phase. He collaborates with scholars in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, which includes the disciplines of Psychology as well as Communication, Pedagogical and the Social Sciences. De Vries was closely involved in the setting-up of the EuSocialCit project and now participates in a managerial role. De Vries is member of the EuSocialCit’s Management Team and supervises, among others, financial controlling, implements communication and dissemination strategies, and monitors compliance with regards to data management, ethics and quality control.

Copenhagen Business School

The Copenhagen Business School is represented by researchers from its Department of International Economics, Government and Business, which brings together the study of states, markets, and international firms in the context of the challenges faced by emerging and advanced economies.

Caroline de la Porte

Caroline de la Porte

Professor of Comparative and European Social Policy

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Caroline de la Porte is Professor with special responsibility in Comparative and European social policy at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business, Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining CBS, De la Porte was Associate Professor at Roskilde University (2013-2015) and at the University of Southern Denmark (2007-2013). She holds a Research Master and a PhD from the European University Institute in Italy. De la Porte’s research focuses on comparative welfare state reform, the Nordic welfare model, and the Europeanisation of welfare states. Recent work includes ‘The work-life balance directive: Towards a gender equalizing EU regulatory welfare state? Denmark and Poland compared‘ (with Trine Larsen and Dorota Szelewa), Annals of the American Academy of Political And Social Science (forthcoming, September 2020),  ‘The European Pillar of Social Rights meets the Nordic model’ (2019),  Swedish Institute for European policy studies, and a special issue ‘The future of the social investment state: politics, policies and outcomes’, Journal of European Public Policy, 2018 (guest editor with Busemeyer, Garritzman, and Pavolini). De la Porte is the CBS lead in the collaborative Nordforsk-financed project ‘Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World‘ (ReNEW), which runs from 2018 to 2023.

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Janine Leschke

Professor with special responsibilities in Comparative Labour Market Analysis

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Leschke is professor with special responsibilities in Comparative Labour Market Analysis at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business at Copenhagen Business School. Her main research area is comparative European labour market and welfare state analysis. She is particularly interested in the interface between labour market flexibility and security and has worked extensively on issues such as job quality, intra-EU labour mobility, unemployment insurance benefits and youth labour market transitions. Methodologically she draws on institutional analysis and national and comparative individual-level micro-data analysis. She is editor of the Journal of European Social Policy (JESP), the Danish lead partner at CBS of the EU H2020 project ‘Disruptive Technologies Supporting Labour Market Decision Making’ (HECAT). Between 2014 and 2017 she was the Danish lead partner of the EU FP7-project ‘Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe’ (STYLE).

Universita Degli Studi di Milano

The University of Milan is represented by researchers from its Department of Social and Political Sciences, which conducts and coordinates research and teaching programmes in the fields of social and political theory, public policy analysis, the politics of work and welfare, and the study of culture and of social relations.

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Maurizio Ferrera

Maurizio Ferrera

Professor of Political Science

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Maurizio Ferrera is Full Professor of Political Science at the University of Milan. His research focusses on comparative politics and public policy, the welfare state and European integration. He is President of the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies (NASP) among Lombardy’s and Piedmont’s Universities and Scientific Director of the EuVisions observatory (www.euvisions.eu). Currently, he is Principal Investigator of ERC Synergy Grant SOLID and Unit Coordinator of H2020 project EUSOCIALCIT. Since 2004, Ferrera has been a regular editorialist of the “Corriere della Sera”.

Ilaria Madama

Ilaria Madama

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Ilaria Madama is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan, where she coordinates the academic minor program in “Diritti, Lavoro e Pari Opportunità – DiLPO” (Rights, work and equal opportunities) and the EuVisions Observatory (www.euvisions.eu). Her main field of research is comparative social policy. Currently, her research interests include policy developments and political dynamics in the areas of minimum income protection, social inclusion and work-life balance, from a comparative and multi-level European perspective, and European social governance.

Francesco Corti

Francesco Corti

Postdoctoral researcher

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Corti is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Milan and a visiting fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). His research interests include European social and employment policies, European Semester, EMU economic governance, EU budget and Social Investment. He carried out extensive research on the European Pillar of Social Rights, with the European Social Observatory (OSE) and in the framework of the ERC-funded project REScEU. From 2016 to 2019, he worked as policy adviser for a Member of the European Parliament in the Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Culture and Education (CULT) committees. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan with a dissertation on the politics of Social Europe.

Centre for European Policy Studies

CEPS is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, which performs policy research on a wide range of policy areas: from the economy and finance to better regulation, the digital economy and trade, as well as energy and climate, education and innovation, foreign policy and the European integration process, or justice and home affairs. CEPS is represented in the consortium by researchers from its Economic Policy Unit.

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Cinzia Alcidi

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr. Cinzia Alcidi is Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels and LUISS- School of European Political Economy- research fellow. Since November 2019 she is also the acting Head of the Jobs and Skills unit. Prior to joining CEPS, she worked at International Labour Office in Geneva and she taught International Economics at University of Perugia (Italy). Her research activity includes international economics, macroeconomics, central banking and EU governance. Since 2015 she is the coordinator of CEPS Academy Activities. She has experience in coordinating research projects and networks. She has published extensively on the economics and governance of the Euro area crisis and participates regularly in international conferences. She holds a Ph.D. degree in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Switzerland).

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Sara Baiocco

Researcher

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Sara Baiocco is a Researcher in the Jobs and Skills Unit. With a background in development economics and an MSc in local economic development at the LSE, Baiocco decided to focus on labour and the effects of digitalisation on employment during her PhD, awarded in 2016. After two years’ experience in European research projects, she joined the Jobs and Skills unit at CEPS in September 2018 to continue policy-oriented research on skills, employment and working conditions in the changing world of work. Baiocco holds a PhD degree in Applied Economics (University of Rome La Sapienza), MSc in Local Economic Development (London School of Economics), MA and BA in Development economics and studies (University of Rome La Sapienza).

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Mattia Di Salvo

Researcher

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Di Salvo is an expert in international trade and migration with four years of professional experience. He has provided research to public institutions, foundations and trade and employers’ associations. He has worked on different types of research projects, going from descriptive and econometric analysis and drafting policy recommendation to policy evaluation and business competitiveness. Di Salvo has extensive experience in data collection, analysis and creation, both at EU and international level, in areas such as international trade, migration, labour and finance. He has extensive expertise in different methodologies such as econometric analysis using statistical software as STATA, management of large databases and matching of different data sources using programming languages as Python, and dynamic data visualisation using Tableau. Di Salvo also conducted interviews and surveys in several studies on behalf of the European Commission. He holds a MSc in Economics and Business – International Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a BSc in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University, Italy. Di Salvo’s mother tongue is Italian. He is fluent in English and has basic knowledge of French.

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Basak van Hove

Project Officer

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Van Hove is an expert in project cycle management, EU-funded project coordination, development of grant applications for European and global funds, civil society organisations, education and youth policy. She has taken responsibilities in the assessment of grant applications and project reports for Erasmus+ projects in Turkey and in Belgium. Additionally, she worked as a trainer in intercultural projects, mentored and supported academicians in all steps of their projects. After 6 years of experience in project management, she joined the Jobs and Skills unit at CEPS in 2020. She is a PhD candidate in European Studies. She obtained her BA and MA Degrees, in Business Administration and European Studies respectively, at Dokuz Eylul University.

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Veselina Georgieva

Social Media Manager

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Veselina has extensive experience in providing professional administrative support and working with communication and social media tools. She acted as the Administrative Coordinator of the IPEPS project, which received funding from Erasmus+ – Jean Monnet – support to Institutions. She also managed the social media accounts of the project and designed promotional materials. Veselina holds a double degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science and International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria.

University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp is represented by researchers from its Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, which has studied social inequality and wealth distribution in the welfare state for over 40 years. Social security is its main point of interest, but the Centre also studies such subdomains as taxation, education, the family, labour, health, migration and mobility. The Centre’s research activities belong to the tradition of social policy analysis that makes use of sociological, economic and legal paradigms.

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Bea Cantillon

Bea Cantillon

Professor of Social Policy

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Bea Cantillon is Professor of Social Policy and member of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp. She has acted as a consultant to, among others, the OECD, the European Commission, and the Belgian government. She is a Fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences and a member of the Belgian High Council for Employment and of the Belgian Commission on Pension Reform. She was awarded a Doctorate honoris causa by UCLouvain Saint-Louis Brussels. Recent book publications include Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction (with Frank Vandenbroucke) and Decent Incomes for All (with Tim Goedemé and John Hills), both with Oxford University Press. Cantillon co-authored the book Social Indicators. The EU and Social Inclusion with Tony Atkinson, Erik Marlier and Brian Nolan, also with Oxford University Press.

Herwig Verschueren

Herwig Verschueren

Professor of International and European Labour and Social Security Law

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Verschueren graduated in law at the University of Leuven (Belgium; 1980). Subsequently, he worked as a researcher at the Universities of Antwerp and Leuven. He received his PhD degree in 1990 on the subject of “International labour migration”. From 1992 to 2004, he worked as a civil servant at the European Commission in the field of free movement of workers and the coordination of social security schemes. His current teaching and research concentrates on European labour and social law and more specifically on employment and social rights of migrants. He is the author and co-author of books, articles and reports on these issues. He frequently gives lectures at national and international seminars and conferences. He also acts as a consultant for public authorities on legal issues related to the cross-border application of labour and social security law and social rights of migrant persons. He is an expert member of the European academic network ‘MoveS’ dealing with free movement of workers and EU social security coordination.

Koen Decanq

Koen Decancq

Associate Professor

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Decanq is Associate Professor (ZAPBOF) at the Herman Deleeck centre for Social Policy of the University of Antwerp. His research focuses on the measurement of (multidimensional) inequality, poverty, and well-being with a special focus on the incorporation of individual preferences and the role of social policies. Decanq is also a part-time Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at KULeuven and a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (CPNSS) and UCLouvain (CORE). Since 2016, he is the Country Team Leader of SHARE-Flanders. Decanq is Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality since 2019 and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Income and Wealth since 2018. Together with Philippe Van Kerm, he edited the 27th Volume of Research on Economic Inequality.

Ane Aranguiz

Ane Aranquiz

PhD student

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Ane Aranguiz is currently a Flanders Research Foundation (FWO) last-year PhD fellow at the University of Antwerp. Her Doctoral dissertation is entitled “The role of EU law in contributing to the Union’s objective of fighting poverty and social exclusion”, which is being completed under the supervision of Prof Herwig Verschueren and Prof Bea Cantillon at the University of Antwerp. Aranguiz is also a teaching assistant for the course of Legal Issues of International Employment and the Legal Clinic of the Sustainable Law programme. She is a member of the research group Government and Law and also collaborates with the research group Law and Development. Aranguiz’s research is primarily focused on EU Social Law. Before starting her PhD, she obtained her bachelor in law at University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV), and graduated cum laude from the LLM in European and International Law at Tilburg University, where she also worked as a researcher.

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Johanna Greiss

PhD student

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Johanna Greiss is researcher in the field of European Social Policy at the Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck (University of Antwerp). Currently, she works on her doctoral thesis on the balance between benevolent local social action and the enforcement of a rights-based adequate minimum income and on the role of the EU herein. Johanna holds a magister diploma in Philosophy and a master’s diploma in European Studies. Before being recruited by the University of Antwerp she has worked at the European University Viadrina, at the European Parliament and at the International Trade Union House in Brussels

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Sarah Marchal

PhD student

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Sarah Marchal is a postdoctoral researcher at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy of the University of Antwerp. She analyses the design of minimum income protection schemes in European Member States, and assesses how these schemes contribute to fighting poverty. She is also involved in projects on the non-take-up of social rights, targeting, EU Social policy, the accessibility of local welfare agencies and the impact of asset testing on minimum income protection coverage and effectiveness. She often uses EUROMOD and its hypothetical household add-on HHoT in order to answer these questions. She is contact person for the MIPI-HHoT data set, that contains indicators of minimum income protection adequacy for different target groups, constructed for various hypothetical households using HHoT. She has taught the course Comparative Social Protection Systems at the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2018 – 2019. In the academic year 2020 – 2021, she co-teaches European Societies at the University of Antwerp.

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Heleen Delanghe

Junior researcher

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Heleen Delanghe graduated in July 2019 as a Master in Sociology at the University of Antwerp. She wrote here master thesis about European solidarity and the European social fund as a policy mechanism in reducing poverty. Since October 2019 she has been working as a junior researcher at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy. In the last year she conducts research on poverty measurement, policy indicators, food aid in a European context and minimum income protection schemes in Belgium.

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Karen Hermans

Junior researcher

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Karen Hermans obtained her Master degree in Social and Economic Sciences in July 2019 at the University of Antwerp. She wrote a master thesis about the financial impact of food aid on the income adequacy of people receiving social assistance benefits in Belgium. Since then she has been working as a junior researcher at the Herman Deleeck Center for Social Policy, where she conducts further research into food aid in a European context and how this is linked to worrying poverty figures and the (in)adequacy of minimum income protection systems of contemporary welfare states.

The Carlos III University of Madrid

The Carlos III University of Madrid is represented by researchers from the research group Labour law, Economic Changes, and a New Society, which is part of UC3M’s University Institute of Law and Economics. Among their main research subjects are productivity and labor relations, legal frameworks of transnational companies, compensation and benefits plans, equality plans, business social responsibility and the impact of technological innovation on law.

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Ana Muñoz Ruiz

Senior Lecturer of Employment Law

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Ana B. Muñoz is a Senior Lecturer of Employment Law at Carlos III University. She is the Deputy Director of the Spanish Labour Law and Employment Relations Journal and a member of the editorial board of the “Revista de Información Laboral”. Her research is concerned with collective bargaining, human rights and health and safety at the workplace. Her PhD focused on the legal framework on health and safety at the workplace including mandatory and non-mandatory rules (2008). She has written a book on practical problems of collective bargaining at company level in 2014 in which she analysed the new trends of collective agreements after the 2012 Labour Market Reform in Spain. In addition, it is remarkable her book about the electronic monitoring of workers (email, video surveillance and data protection) in collaboration with Aurelio Desdentado. She has been visiting fellow students at Harvard Law School, Oxford University and LSE. She has given several lectures on the Spanish Labour Law in prestigious European Universities (Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and UK).

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Francisco Javier Gómez

Professor of Labor and Social Security Law

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Francisco Javier Gómez is a tenured professor of Labor and Social Security Law at the Carlos III University of Madrid since 2001. Previously, he was a tenured professor at the University of La Coruña (1998-2001) and a postdoctoral researcher at the University. Harvard (1996-1997). He has been Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of UC3M (2007-2013) and is currently Director of the Master in Labor Legal Advice and Consulting. His research topics include collective bargaining, worker representation, collective disputes, labor contracting, the labor process, termination of the employment contract, among others.

SGH Warsaw School of Economics

The SGH Warsaw School of Economics, one of Poland’s oldest university of economics, is represented by researchers from its Institute of Statistics and Demography, which brings together scholars from different scientific subdisciplines such as economics, statistics, economic and social statistics, econometrics and demography.

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Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak

Associate Professor

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Professor Agnieszka Chlon-Dominczak is a head of the Institute of Statistics and Demography at the Warsaw School of Economics. She is a country team leader for the SHARE project in Poland. Between 2009 and 2017 she was the project leader for National Qualifications Framework Development and the team working on Education and Labour Market and the Educational Research Institute in Warsaw. Member of networks: Network of independent experts on education, European Social Policy Network and between 2010 and 2017 a member of the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group. Twice a Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy as well as former Director of the Department of Economic Analyses and Forecasting in the same Ministry with responsibilities covering, among others the oversight of the social insurance system. She was the vice president of Social Protection Committee of the European Council and chair of the Working Party on Social Policy of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee of the OECD. A member of the pension reform team in Poland that prepared the changes implemented in 1999. As a consultant, she participated in numerous activities related to pension reforms in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, cooperating with the World Bank, ILO and the OECD. An author and co-author of many publications in the field of pensions and labour markets. Her research interests include: demography, pension systems, labour markets, social policy, health and education.

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Izabela Grabowska

Assistant Professor

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Izabela Grabowska obtained her PhD in Economics at Collegium of Economic Analysis – Warsaw School of Economics with a dissertation on the economic activity of the older working age population in the European Union. Grabowska is Assistant Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics in both the Institute of Statistics and Demography (from 2015) and the Department of Applied Social Science and Resocialization (from 2017). She is an independent evaluator of public policy and has a 10-year experience in public administration in the field of structural funds (coordination of support units for local organizations and animation of local communities). From 2009 to 2014, Grabowska was Head of the National Institute for the European Social Fund in Poland. She is author and co-author of publications in the field of labour markets, social exclusion. Her research interests include: social and economic consequences of demographic changes in terms of social and labour market policy, public policy evaluation, social economy.

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Irena E. Kotowska

Professor Emerita of Demography

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Irena E. Kotowska is a Professor Emerita of Demography, Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics. She is the country-level coordinator of the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), the international research programme on causes and consequences of family dynamics, gender and intergenerational relationships, and a member of the Consortium Board. A chair of the Committee on Demographic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2011-2019), a member of national bodies: the Scientific Council on Statistics of the Central Statistical Office, the Government Population Council, the Interdisciplinary Council for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Polish Science (2008-2016, a vice-chair in 2012-2016).She served as a national expert for the Council of Europe, OECD, and the European Commission (as a representative of Poland to the FP7 Social Sciences and Humanities Programme Committee, 2008-2012, a member of the Expert Group on Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion, 2012-2013, and the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for European Research Infrastructure, 2017-2018). Since 2010 she is working as an expert for the Population Europe. Main research interest: population and economy; fertility, family, gender and the labour market; population ageing; family and population-related policies, social policy.

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Iga Magda

Associate Professor

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Iga Magda is Associate Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics and Vice President of the Institute for Structural Research (IBS) in Warsaw. Previously she worked at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, coordinating research projects and participating in the EU and OECD working parties on employment and social affairs. She was also a visiting researcher at ISER, University of Essex and CReAM at University College London. Her work is centered on labour economics, in particular wage and income inequalities, gender gaps, female labour supply and family policy. She has also worked on youth and labour market policies.

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Magdalena Smyk-Szymańska

Assistant Professor

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Magdalena Smyk-Szymańska is an Assistant Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics and a member of the board in a research foundation FAME|GRAPE. In 2017 she defended her Ph.D. dissertation in economics titled “Self-selection in choice of occupation: family and gender issues” at the Faculty of Economics, University of Warsaw. Previously, she cooperated with the World Bank as a consultant, Institute for Structural Research (IBS) and the Centre of Migration Research. Her research interests relate primarily to issues related to the labour market inequalities and the family. In her research, she concerns possible transmissions of occupational patterns related to gender roles between parents and children. 

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Paweł Strzelecki

Adjunct

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Paweł Strzelecki holds a PhD degree in economics and works as an adjunct at Warsaw School of Economics and as an economic expert in the National Bank of Poland. His research interests focus on joining toolbox of demographic methods with labour and pension economics. In particular, he published articles concerning population and pension projections and microeconomic analysis based on survey data. He represents Poland in the Working Group on Aging Populations and Sustainability by European Commission. When he isn’t glued to a computer screen he spends time with family, reading books about history, cycling, or snorkeling.

Lithuanian Social Research Centre

The Lithuanian Social Research Centre is represented by researchers from its Social Welfare Institute, which focusses on social welfare research in the areas of living conditions, income differentiation, the spread of poverty and social exclusion, the factors influencing it and the consequences thereof, as well as the social and economic policies applied to influence the social welfare of the country.

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Jolanta Aidukaite

Senior Research Fellow

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Jolanta Aidukaite (PhD in sociology from Stockholm University) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre. Previously Jolanta was employed at the Södertörn University (Sweden) and was a holder of Visiting Fellowships at the Hokkaido University (Japan) and the European University Institute (Italy). Her research interests include social policy, welfare state, family policy, housing policy and community mobilization. Jolanta’s articles are published in such journals as the Communist and Post-Communist Studies, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, East European Politics, Journal of Baltic Studies, and GeoJournal. Aidukaite is the author of book chapters published by the Springer, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Ashgate and Edward Elgar. Since 2014, Aidukaite has been elected board member of the RC19 of the ISA. She was a board member of the EspaNET during the period 2014-2018. Aidukaite is also the founder of the Baltic Social Policy Research Association (ESPAnet Baltics) which started in 2016. In this project, Jolanta contributes by exploring the state of the housing rights in selected EU countries and the instruments through which the EU supports the development of housing as a social right in Europe.

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Rūta Ubarevičienė

Researcher

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Dr Ubarevičienė is a researcher with a background in urban and regional geography as well as sociology. She has successfully defended two PhD thesis in these fields. In 2017, the PhD degree was obtained from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) and in 2018 from the Lithuanian Social Research Centre (Lithuania). Currently, Ubarevičienė is a postdoctoral researcher in the Urban Studies research group, Department of Urbanism at Delft University of Technology and in the Institute of Human Geography and Demography in the Lithuanian Social Research Centre. She has previously worked at the OTB – Research for the Built Environment (the Netherlands), Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Germany) and Nature Research centre (Lithuania). Her research interests include spatial inequalities, depopulation, internal migration, social segregation and post-socialist change. She specializes in the use of statistical techniques and spatial analysis. Ubarevičienė has published around 30 papers in the peer reviewed journals and has extensive professional network and experience working on international and national research projects.

University of Konstanz

The University of Konstanz is represented by researchers from its Working Group on Comparative Political Economy, which is part of the Department of Politics and Public Administration. Its members analyze various policy areas in a comparative perspective, in particular the fields of education and social policy, and also examine the social outcomes of these policies, such as inequality, attitudes, and participation, and how these outcomes feed back into policy-making processes.

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Marius R. Busemeyer

Professor of Political Science

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Busemeyer is a Professor of Political Science and Speaker of the Excellence Cluster “The Politics of Inequality” at the University of Konstanz, Germany. His research focuses on comparative political economy and welfare state research, education and social policy, public spending, theories of institutional change and, more recently, public opinion on the welfare state. Busemeyer studied political science, economics, public administration and public law at University of Heidelberg and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Heidelberg. Before coming to Konstanz, he worked as a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He held visiting professor- and fellowships at the Center for European Studies at Harvard, the WZB Berlin, the Nuffield College at Oxford, the Department for Economics at University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), the Amsterdam Center for Inequality Studies (AMCIS) and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His publications include the book Skills and Inequality (Cambridge University Press, Winner of the 2015 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research), an edited volume (with Christine Trampusch) on The Political Economy of Collective Skill Formation (Oxford University Press), as well as a large number of journal articles in leadings outlets of the discipline, such as the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Socio-Economic Review, West European Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of European Social Policy, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Public Policy and the British Journal of Industrial Relations

Gianna Eick

Gianna Maria Eick

Postdoctoral researcher

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Gianna Maria Eick is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Working Group Comparative Political Economy at the University of Konstanz. She holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Hamburg and just finished her PhD thesis in Social Policy at the University of Kent on the relationship between higher education and welfare chauvinism. Van Eick’s key research interests are public attitudes towards social rights across Europe, with a particular focus on the interactions between immigration and the welfare state. She has received various international research grants and a research prize from the University of Kent for her work on welfare chauvinism that she carried out at the University of Kent, Leuven University and the University of Aalborg.

Scientific Advisory Board

The EUSOCIALCIT team is assisted by a Scientific Advisory Board. This board acts as sounding board and is reviewing the project’s scientific results and outputs, and advises on methodological issues.

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Claire Kilpatrick

Professor of International and European Labour and Social Law at the European University Institute

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Kathleen Thelen

Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Dorte Martinsen

Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen

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Agnes Hubert

Professor of Gender and Social Inequalities at the College of Europe

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Matti Mikkola

Professor of Labour Law at the University of Helsinki

Chiara Saracero

Chiara Saraceno

Professor of Demographic Development, Social Change and Social Capital at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Kenneth Nelson

Kenneth Nelson

Professor of Comparative Social Policy at Stockholm University

Georg Fischer

Georg Fischer

Senior Research Associate at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies

Stakeholder Advisory Platform

The Stakeholder Advisory Platform involves representatives of key stakeholder communities. It will be involved in co-creation initiatives and advise the research consortium on how to disseminate its results effectively.

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Damian Grimshaw

Director of Research at the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

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Philippe Pochet

General-Director of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

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Freek Spinnewijn

Director of the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)

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Conny Reuters

Secretary-General of SOLIDAR

Annemie Drieskens

Annemie Drieskens

President of COFACE Families Europe

Aurelie Decker

Aurélie Decker

Director of the European Federation for Services to Individuals (EFSI)

Heather Roy

Heather Roy

Secretary-General Eurodiaconia and board Member Social Services Europe

Sian Jones

Sian Jones

Policy coordinator of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)

Robert Urbe

Robert Urbé

Caritas Luxembourg – Caritas Europa