The International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation

The International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation was founded in 1979 following a conference hosted by the Department of Applied Economics in Cambridge.

The IWPLMS is dedicated to understanding the processes shaping inequality and segmentation in labour markets. It adopts a multi-disciplinary, dynamic and comparative institutional theoretical perspective in analysing change over time and differences across countries. It rejects the narrow economistic assumption that the market is a neutral force, with segmentation attributed to exogenous social factors. In contrast the IWPLMS is concerned with both the institutional historical development of productive systems by sector, supply chain and country and how these intersect with and are shaped by the specific forms of segmentation of the workforce- for example by gender, ethnicity, age, social class. Its focus on the shaping role of institutions extends well beyond the standard industrial relations institutions of the state, employers’ associations and trade unions. It includes consideration of national and global political, financial and productive systems as well as the institutions shaping social reproduction, such as education and training, welfare and gender, family and household systems. The purpose of the IWPLMS is to provide a forum in which this this line of thought can thrive and make active contributions to both academic and policy debates on how to understand and shape the future of work, the economy and society with the overriding aim of reducing inequalities and fostering cohesive, productive and sustainable societies.

The IWPLMS has held an annual conference almost every year since its foundation and in 2019 celebrated its fortieth conference in Dusseldorf before Covid forced a temporary interruption in its activities. The IWPLMS has been managed informally by an international steering committee, composed of key founder members and all lead conference organisers. The interruption due to Covid has given the IWPLMS an opportunity to refresh its steering committee to bring in new members, in many cases from a younger generation of scholars whose research is very much following the founding principles of the IWPLMS. The country coverage of the steering committee is also expanding though still mainly focused at present on developed economies. The IWPLMS would, however, welcome ideas about how to further internationalise its research and perspectives.


IWPLMS was initially founded by a group of labour economists whose work was influenced by both heterodox economics and by comparative institutional research in industrial relations, sociology and political economy. Many of those attending the first few conferences of the IWPLMS or contributing to the first edited volume continued to participate and to play a major role in shaping the intellectual agenda of the IWPLMS. This included the main organisers of the very first conference - namely Jill Rubery and Frank Wilkinson, and three attendees: Paola Villa, Werner Sengenberger and Sam Rosenberg.

Other notable contributors to debates on segmentation and comparative institutional research who joined during the 1980s included Francois Michon, Sebastiano Brusco, Gerhard Bosch, Philippe Méhaut and Albert Recio. Those organising the 40 conferences held to date also made a major contribution to the IWPLMS and are listed below. The IWPLMS has also supported a wide range of publications, projects and overlapping networks and some key examples are provided below.

IWPLMS and interdisciplinary research on employment

As economics as a discipline has in many countries and contexts become more narrowly focused over recent years IWPLMS has increasingly become more explicitly interdisciplinary with members now coming from a variety of degree subjects alongside economics to include business and management, sociology, political science, geography, development studies, employment law etc.. The focus is still on the core economic topic of employment and its role in both production and social reproduction, but the IWPLMS approach is based on the firm belief that this core institution can only be understood through interdisciplinary research. This is indispensable for an appreciation of the complexity of economic and social phenomena and for ensuring that the figment of the neoclassical labour market is not the starting point for the analysis of employment.


IWPLMS Conferences

The 42nd Conference of the International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation, The Role of Policies and Institutions in Navigating Labour Market Transformations in Europe and Beyond, will be held in Copenhagen September 5-6, 2024. Details of the conference can be found here.

Past conferences

  • 41st Conference – Adjusting to a world of instability: workers, firms and institutions, Paris (France), 2023
  • 40th Conference – The search for security under disruptive technologies and deconstructed labour markets, Düsseldorf (Germany), 2019 Gerhard Bosch, Karen Jaehrling
  • 39th Conference – Old and new challenges in European Labour Markets, Trento (Italy), 2018  Paola Villa
  • 38th Conference – Inclusive and exclusive labour markets in times of inequality and uncertainty, Manchester (UK), 2017 Damian Grimshaw
  • 37th Conference – Work and Inequality: Dynamics of Growing Inequality and Responses,  Barcelona (Spain), 2016.  Albert Recio
  • 36th Conference – Long term trends in the world of work and effects of the economic crisis: Policy challenges and responses, Athens (Greece), 2015  Maria Karamessini
  • 35th Conference – Changing patterns of segmentation and polarization, Manchester (UK), 2014 Jill Rubery, Damian Grimshaw
  • 34th Conference – Austerity without end? European employment in the crisis, Dublin, (Ireland) 2013 James Wickham
  • 33rd Conference – Pathways to recovery: an agenda for another Europe, Rome (Italy), 2012 Anna Simonazzi
  • 32nd Conference – Education and Training, Skills and the Labour Market, Bamberg, (Germany), 2011 Gerhard Bosch, Dorothea Voss-Dahm
  • 31st Conference – National Models of Employment and Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability, Valencia (Spain), 2010 Josep Bnyuls
  • 30th Conference – Social Policy as a productive factor, Tampere, (Finland), 2009 Pertti Koistinen
  • 29th Conference – Modernising labour market institutions: are current labour market institutions capable of meeting the needs of the twenty-first century? Porto (Portugal), 2008 Pilar Gonzalez
  • 28th Conference – Reshaping Employment Systems: Firms Unions and Individual Strategies, Aix-en-Provence (France), 2007 Philippe Mehaut
  • 27th Conference – National Patterns of Labour Market Integration and Social Exclusion over the Life Course, Växjö (Sweden), 2006 Dominique Anxo
  • 26th Conference – Dynamics of National Models of Employment, Berlin (Germany), 2005 Gerhard Bosch, Steffen Lehndorff
  • 25th Conference – Intergenerational Change, the Welfare State and the Labour Market, Brisbane (Australia), 2004 Peter Brosnan
  • 24th Conference – Technical and Organisational Change: The Impact on Employment and Social Equity, Rome (Italy), 2003 Anna Simonazzi
  • 23rd Conference – Job Quality, Spetses (Greece), 2002 Maria Karamessini
  • 22nd Conference – Towards a productive Europe? Employment and social policy as productive factors? Manchester (UK), 2000 Jill Rubery
  • 1999 Bremen (Germany), Rainer Dombois
  • 1998 Trento (Arco), (Italy), Paola Villa
  • 1997 Porto, (Portugal), Alberto Castro, Pilar Gonzalez
  • 1996 Tampere (Finland), Pertti Koistinen
  • 1995 Siena (Pontignano), (Italy), Francesca Bettio
  • 1994 Strasbourg (France), Philippe Mehaut
  • 1993 Barcelona (Spain), Albert Recio
  • 1992 Cambridge (UK), Jill Rubery
  • 1991 Bremen (Germany), Birgit Pfau Effinger
  • 1990 Trento (Bondone), (Italy), Paola Villa
  • 1989 Nancy (France), Philippe Mehaut
  • 1988 Porto (Portugal), Alberto Castro
  • 1987 Torino (Italy), Gerry Rogers
  • 1986 Cambridge (UK), Jill Rubery
  • 1985 Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Alberto Meixede
  • 1984 Budapest (Hungary), Gyorgy Sziracski
  • 1983 Aix en Provence (France), Jean-Jacques Silvestre
  • 1982 Oslo (Norway), Ted Hanisch
  • 1981 Modena (Italy), Sebastiano Brusco
  • 1980 Berlin (Germany), Michael Bolle
  • 1979 Cambridge (UK), Jill Rubery, Frank Wilkinson


Key publications


F. Wilkinson (ed), 1981 The Dynamics of Labour Market Segmentation, Academic Press
R. Tarling (ed), 1999 Flexibility and the Labour Market, Academic Press
F. Michon and H. Petit (eds)  2007 Special issue on Is the concept of labour market segmentation still accurate? Socio Économie du Travail, Économies et Sociétés série AB (28) 2007
D. Grimshaw, C. Fagan, G.Hebson, and I.Tavora 2017 Making Work More Equal  Manchester: Manchester University Press (Read more here)

National models, the role of the state and the labour market

S. Rosenberg (ed), 1989 The State and the Labor Market, Springer
A. Castro, P. Méhaut, and J. Rubery (eds), 1988 International Integration and Labour Market Organisation, Academic Press
J. Rubery and D. Grimshaw 2003 The Organisation of Employment Palgrave
G. Bosch, S. Lehndorff and J.Rubery (eds), 2009 European Employment Models in Flux Palgrave
S. Lehndorff (ed.) 2012 A Triumph of Failed Ideas: European Models of Capitalism in the Crisis, ETUI (Read more here)

Minimum wages and low wages

Special Issue: Low-Wage Work in Europe and the United States International Labour Review 2009 vol. 148 (4)
D. Grimshaw (ed), 2013 Minimum Wages, Pay Equity and Comparative Industrial Relations, New York: Routledge

Working time

G. Bosch, P. Dawkins and F. Michon (eds), Times are changing? International Institute for Labour Studies, ILO, Geneva
J-Y. Boulin, M. Lallement, J. Messenger and F. Michon (eds), 2006 Decent Working Time: new trends, new issues, ILO

Welfare systems

J. Christiansen, P. Koistinen, and A. Kovalainen (eds), 1999 Working Europe: Reshaping European employment systems, Aldershot: Ashgate
D. Anxo, G. Bosch, and J. Rubery (eds), 2010 The Welfare State and Life Transitions Edward Elgar

Productive systems

B. Burchell, S. Deakin, J. Michie and J.Rubery (eds), 2003 Systems of Production: Markets, Organizations and Performance, Routledge, London
G. Bosch and S. Lehndorff (eds), 2005 Working in the service sector – a tale from different worlds, Routledge

Gender and crises

J. Rubery (ed), 1988 Women and Recession, Routledge
M. Karamessini and J. Rubery, 2013 Women and Austerity: The economic crisis and the future for gender equality Routledge


Key comparative projects associated with IWPLMS

EU research projects


European Commission/Eurofound projects

Working time projects
Minimum wages
Public sector pay
Precarious work


Russell Sage Low Wage Europe


Steering committee




Institution and disciplinary background



Rae Cooper

The University of Sydney

Employment Relations



Elizabeth Hill

The University of Sydney

Economics, social policy



Jörg Flecker

University of Vienna

Sociology of Work, Industrial Relations



Agnieszka Piasna

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Labour sociology, social policy



Valeria Pulignano

Centre for Sociological Research - KU Leuven

Sociology of Work, Industrial (employment) relations



Ive Marx

Centre of Social Policy, University of Antwerp







Janine Leshcke

Copenhagen Business School



Trine Larssen

FAOS - Employment Relations Research Centre, University of Copenhagen



Satu Ojala

Tampere University of Applied Sciences



Paul Jonker-Hoffren

Tampere University of Applied Sciences



Christine Erhel

Centre d’Etude de l’Emploi et du Travail (CEET) Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers (CNAM)




Héloïse Petit

Centre d’Etude de l’Emploi et du Travail (CEET) Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers (CNAM)




Coralie Perez

Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne (CES) Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne




Gerhard Bosch

Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen



Karen Jaehrling

Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen



Angelika Kümmerling

Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen



Maria Karamessini

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences



Beata Nagy

Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of Sociology



Michelle O'Sullivan

University of Limerick, Department of Work & Employment Studies



Paola Villa

University of Trento, Department of Economics and Management



Annamaria Simonazzi

Università degli Studi “La Sapienza”, Roma



Gabriella Berloffa

University of Trento, Department of Economics and Management



Sonja Bekker

Utrecht University

European social policy


New Zealand

Julie Douglas

Auckland University of Technology

Employment relations



Kristin Jesnes

Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research



Adam Mrozowicki

University of Wrocław Institute of Sociology, Sociology of Work and Economic Sociology Department



Pilar Gonzalez

Faculty of Economics, University of Porto



Hugo Figueiredo

University of Aveiro and CIPES - Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies



Josep Banyuls

Department of Applied Economics, Universitat de València



Joan Miquel Verd Pericas

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Department of Sociology, Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work



Dominique Anxo




Mia Rönnmar

Faculty of Law, Lund University

Labour law, industrial/employment relations






United Kingdom

Jill Rubery

Work and Equalities institute, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Economics, industrial relations, sociology, social policy



Damian Grimshaw

King’s Business School, King’s College London



Isabel Távora

Work and Equalities institute, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester


United States of America

Ian Greer

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations



Peter Berg

Michigan State University, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

Dominique Anxo is currently affiliated to the Department of Economics and Statistics, School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University and Director of the Centre for European Labour Market Studies (CELMS). Dominique does research in labour and gender economics and industrial relations systems.

Josep Banyuls Llopis is a Lecturer in Labour Economics and Employment Policy at Valencia University (Spain). His research interest includes international comparisons of employment systems and productive structure and labour management and work organisation. He has participated on projects funded by different institutions, including the European Commission and the Valencia Local Government and published several articles about these topics.

Sonja Bekker is an associate professor of European Social Policy and Employment Relations at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is interested in the labour market position of 'atypical' workers such as people with fixed-term or part-time jobs, young workers and people experiencing in-work-poverty. The European dimension of her research includes EU governance of social policies, for instance within the framework of the European Semester. Bekker is programme director of the new research cluster on Empirical Legal Studies into Institutions for Conflict Resolution (ERI). Moreover, she is a member of the Future of Work hub, an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary hub at Utrecht University.

Peter Berg is professor of employment relations and Director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. His research interests include work-life flexibility policies and practices, the implications of an aging workforce for organizations, and international comparisons of working time. Professor Berg is the author of numerous publications in a variety of academic journals, including ILRReveiw, Human Relations, and Human Resource Management Review. He is also a co-author of the book Manufacturing Advantage: Why High Performance Work Systems Pay Off. Professor Berg has been a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research or presented his work in over 20 countries around the world. He has served as an executive board member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and as President of the Industry Studies Association. Professor Berg also serves on the editorial board of ILR Review, Work, Aging, and Retirement, and on the international advisory board of the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Gabriella Berloffa is full professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento. She is currently a member of the Academic Senate and of the Board of Directors of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences. She teaches advanced microeconomics and labour economics (BA, MA and PhD students). Her research interests mainly concern household economic conditions and the interdependence between the household dimensions and individual choices. In recent years, her research focused on the quality of employment in the early labour market experience of young Europeans, with a particular attention to intergenerational and gender inequalities, and the effects of the socioeconomic and policy context. More recently, she has been involved in research on the relationship between some labour market institutions (labour contracts) and firms’ performance. A large part of her work is based on microeconometric analyses.

Gerhard Bosch

Rae Cooper is Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations at the University of Sydney Business School in Australia and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She is Director of the newly formed University of Sydney Gender Equality in Working Life Research Initiative. Rae researches women’s working lives, careers in ‘hyper-masculine’ occupations and employment relations policy and regulation.

Julie Douglas is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Gender and diversity research group of the Auckland Univerity of Technology, New Zealand.

Christine Erhel is a professor in economics at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM, Paris), and the director of the Employment and Labour Research Centre (Centre d’Etudes de l’Emploi et du Travail). She is doing research in labour economics, especially on European labour markets comparison, labour market policy reforms, social dialogue, and job quality (indicators and trends). In her research she has been regularly participating to several EU funded research projects, among which the ongoing BEYOND 4.0 project (Horizon 2020, 2019-2023), investigating the relationships between new technologies and the future of jobs.  She has been regularly working as a country expert for the European Commission (Peer Reviews, European Centre of Expertise) and for the ILO.

Hugo Figueiredo is an economist (Faculty of Economics, University of Porto, 2000) with a PhD from the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (2009). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, a full researcher at CIPES - Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies and an external researcher at GOVCOPP. He is also a Global Labour Organisation fellow. His main research interests are in the areas of labour and (higher) education economics. His research focuses on graduate employability, the diversification and future of graduate labour markets and the associated inequality processes (including gender inequality).

Jörg Flecker is a full professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria. He studied in Vienna and received the doctorate in sociology from the University of Economics and Business Administration in 1989. After being a visiting research fellow and lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, he was appointed director of the Working Life Research Centre (FORBA) in Vienna in 1991. In March 2013, he became professor at the University of Vienna where he teaches social theory, sociology of work, industrial relations and comparative analysis of societies.

Pilar González is a professor in the Faculty of Economics, University of Porto.

Ian Greer is Research Professor at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Director of the ILR Ithaca Co-Lab. His research examines marketization and the intersection of industrial relations and welfare states in Europe and North America. He is the author of several journal articles about privatization, active labor-market policies, offshoring, outsourcing, insourcing, and immigration. Prior to working at Cornell, he worked in England at Leeds University and at the University of Greenwich.

Damian Grimshaw is Professor of Employment Studies and Associate Dean for Research Impact. He was previously Director of the Research Department at the International Labour Organisation, for two years (Geneva, 2018-19). Prior to that he was Professor at the University of Manchester, Head of the HR and Employment Relations and Law group and Director of the European Work and Employment Research Centre. His published work covers international comparisons of low-wage labour markets, outsourcing and HRM, technology and the future of work, precarious work, collective bargaining and gender inequality. His research outlook crosses multiple disciplines, including labour market analysis, comparative employment relations, feminist economics, sociology of work and management.

Elizabeth Hill is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. She is Deputy Director of the Gender Equality in Working Life (GEWL) Research Initiative, co-convenor of the Australian Work and Family Policy Roundtable and the Body@Work Project. Elizabeth researches the future of women, work and care in Australia and the Asian region, with a focus on how economic institutions shape women’s paid work, unpaid care and the care workforce. 

Karen Jaehrling is a political scientist by education and works as head of research department at the Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The department’s research focuses on employment relations, labour market and social policy in the low-pay / low-skilled segments of the labour market. Due to the weaknesses of collective bargaining in these segments, particular attention is paid to alternative approaches to strengthening inclusive labor market arrangements – e.g.  through state interventions such as minimum wages or public procurement, new approaches to collective interest organization, or innovative managerial strategies.

Kristin Jesnes is a researcher at Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research in Norway. Her main areas of research are non-standard forms of work (including platform work) and industrial relations. Jesnes is also a Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. In her PhD work, she explores how platform work affects different labour markets, and how different institutional contexts forms how platform work develops. Between 2017 and 2021, she coordinated the work of a Nordic group of researchers on platform work, culminating in the report “Platform work in the Nordic models: issues, cases and responses”. Her research on platform work is also published in the Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies and in the Edward Elgar “A Modern Guide to Labour and the Platform Economy”.

Paul Jonker-Hoffrén is Senior Research Fellow in the Unit of Social Research, at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Finland.

Maria Karamessini is a Professor of Labour Economics and Economics of the Welfare State at the Social Policy Department of Panteion University. Her research and publications cover the following issues: labour market analysis and policy, gender and employment, youth transitions from education to work, labour flexibility and industrial restructuring, employment and socio-economic models. From 1997 to 2014 she was a member of all the expert groups formed by the European Commission on "gender and employment" and more recently she has participated as an independent expert in several research projects of the ILO on the European social model, income inequalities and the middle classes, labour market inequalities, industrial relations and social dialogue.

Janine Leshcke is Professor MSO in Comparative Labour Market Analysis at the Department of Management, Society and Communication at Copenhagen Business School. She is a member of the Sustainability Governance Group at CBS Sustainability. Her main research area is comparative European labour market and welfare state analysis, and she is particularly interested in the interface between labour market flexibility and security. Methodologically she draws on institutional analysis and comparative individual-level micro-data analysis. She is editor of the Journal of European Social Policy (JESP) and the Danish lead partner at CBS of the EU H2020 project HECAT – Disruptive Technologies Supporting Labour Market Decision Making.

Angelika Kümmerling is a sociologist and senior researcher at the Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ) of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her research interests comprise working time development, flexible working, reconciliation and the blurring of boundaries as well as international comparisons. Her current focus lies in the research of the effects of life phase specific working time flexibility instruments on work organisation. She has been leading and conducting several international and national projects.

Trine Pernille Larsen is  Associate Professor at the Employment Relations Research Centre (FAOS), Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kent, UK, where she in 2008 defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled: Working Carers and the Welfare State- effects and Influences of European Work/Care Policies. Trine is a member of the research group FAOS (Employment Relations Research Centre) and part of the research group Welfare, Inequality and Mobility at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. She is also part of the European COST Action Network: Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries.

Ive Marx is Professor of Socio-Economic Policy at the University of Antwerp and Director of the Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck. Previously he was Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Antwerp between 2012 and 2018. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. He conducts research on minimum income protection and poverty, especially in relation to labour market change and migration. He was joint-coordinator of the EU funded European Low Wage Research Network (LoWER) and the EU FP7 funded GINI Project, an international research project on the causes and consequences of inequality. He has published a number of books, among which the Handbook of In-Work Poverty. Articles have appeared in the International Labour Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Social Policy, European Sociological Review, Social Forces, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, Social Forces, Social Indicators Research, IZA Journal of European Labour Studies, Review of Income and Wealth, and several other journals. He has acted as a consultant for the European Commission, the OECD and the ILO in numerous capacities and also for the World Bank, UNDP and various governments and organisations. He sits on the editorial boards of Social Forces, Journal of Social Policy, Social Inclusion and European Policy Analysis. He is also a member of the board of Espanet, Europe's leading network of social policy researchers. Besides academia, he participates in public debates on policy issues through talks, debates and non-academic publications, including a regular column in Belgium's main broadsheet De Standaard.

Adam Mrozowicki is the Head of the Department of the Sociology of Work and Economic Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, University of Wrocław, Chairman of the Council of the Scientific Discipline of Sociology at the University of Wrocław. He received his PhD in social sciences in 2009 from the Centre for Sociological Research at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) and his habilitation degree in the discipline of sociology in 2016 from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wrocław. His research interests include sociology of work, economic sociology, comparative industrial relations, precarity studies, critical social realism and biographical research methodology. Vice-chairman of the Sociology of Work Section of the Polish Sociological Association, member of the editorial board of Przegląd Socjologiczny and Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research. He is the currently the head of the project  “COV-WORK: Socio-economic consciousness, work experiences and coping strategies of Poles in the context of the post-pandemic crisis” funded by the National Science Centre in Poland and carried out in the consortium of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Wrocław and the College of Economic and Social Science, Warsaw School of Economics.

Beáta Nagy is a professor of sociology at Corvinus University of Budapest, where she is also the director of the Centre for Gender and Culture. She has published articles in both Hungarian and English journals, such as Gender in Management; Gender, Work and Organization. Her previous research dealt with the work-life balance, the recent ones focus on gender and executive search, women’s advancement in academic life, and intensive moderhood during the pandemic. She has recently co-edited special issues for the journals Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics and for the European Management Review. She is an elected board member of the European Consortium for Sociological research (ECSR) and member of the Committee for the Advancement of Women in Scientific Career (appointed by the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Since 2021 she is the president of the Hungarian Sociological Association.

Satu Ojala is a social policy and labour market researcher and teacher. Expertise areas: population representative survey and register data, quantitative methods, social policy, working conditions, labour market, active labour market policies.

Michelle O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests are on precarious work with a particular focus on employment regulation and minimum wage setting. She has been lead investigator of the first study of zero hours work commissioned by the Irish government; of a study on delivering decent terms and conditions for early years and childcare workers; and is currently leading a large study on the impact of technology on workers in the financial services sector. She has also researched trade unions, migrant workers, collective action, employee voice, and workplace bullying. She is Chair of the Irish Association for Industrial Relations and Co-Chair of the Work, Employment and Organisation Special Interest Group in the Irish Academy of Management.

Coralie Perez has a background in labour economics and is a senior researcher at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is a member of the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne. Her main research interests include the effects of organizational and technological changes on work and employment, the role of training (public policies, firm’s strategies) and industrial relations (implications for voice at work). She regularly intervenes as an expert for public institutions at a national level (DARES-Ministère du travail, France Stratégie, ANACT…).

Héloïse Petit is Professor of Economics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), member of the Centre d’Etudes de l’Emploi et du Travail (CEET). Her research focuses on firm’s employment strategies; worker and job flows; internal labour markets; labour market segmentation and industrial relations. She regularly intervenes as an expert for public institutions at the international (European Commission, ILO) and French levels (DARES, France Stratégies). From 2018 to 2022 she was a member of the expert group on “collective agreement extension” (a group in charge of feeding the public doctrine on the extension of branch agreements).

Agnieszka Piasna is Senior Researcher at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels. She is a labour sociologist, with interest in job quality, labour market policies and regulation, digitalization, and gender equality. At the ETUI, she coordinates research activities in the framework of the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey, develops the European Job Quality Index, and carries out research on working time reduction. She has been an expert advisor to the Eurofound, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), Eurostat, and ETUC. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Cambridge. 

Valeria Pulignano is Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Sociological Research (CESO) at KU Leuven. Her research lies in employment (industrial) relations and labour markets, their changing nature and implications for voice at work and inequality as differences in wages, working conditions and job quality. She has been involved as an international expert in several research groups on restructuring and workers’ participation by the European Commission. She is Principal Coordinator of the RN17 on Work, Employment and Industrial Relations at the European Sociological Association (ESA) and she is Co-researcher at the Inter-University Research Centre on Globalisation and Work (CRIMT). She is member of the steering group on the EU Directive on Platform work by the EU Parliament. She is PI of ERC AdG ResPecTMe.

Jill Rubery is Professor of Comparative Employment Systems, founder of the European Work and Employment Research Centre at Manchester Business School and a  fellow of the British Academy. Her research focuses on the inter-disciplinary comparative analysis of employment systems, with particular interests on wage structures, employment regulation, minimum wage systems, working time and welfare systems. She is an international expert on gender and employment: for fourteen years she co-ordinated the European Commission’s expert group on gender, social inclusion  and employment that provided research and policy advice to its Equal Opportunities Unit. She has worked as a consultant for the OECD, the International Labour Organisation, the UNECE and the World Bank.  For the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Mia Rönnmar is Professor of Private Law at the Faculty of Law at Lund University in Sweden, specialising in labour law and industrial/employment relations. She is Past-President of ILERA (the International Labour and Employment Relations Association), and organiser of the 19th ILERA World Congress in Lund in 2021 ( Mia coordinates the Norma Research Programme, focusing on the legal regulation of everyday life and social integration, and the cross-boundary study of labour markets, social welfare, ageing populations, and families. She has conducted expert work for international organisations, national governments, and social partners, and been a visiting researcher at e.g. the EUI, LSE, and Sydney University. Her current research projects focus on collective bargaining, employment protection, and age discrimination.

Annamaria Simonazzi is former Professor of Economics at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, Expert Councilor of CNEL (Consiglio Nazionale dell’Economia e del Lavoro) and President of the Giacomo Brodolini Foundation, editor of Economia & Lavoro and member of the editorial board of the web magazine She has published on European macroeconomic issues, industrial policy, employment, welfare and gender economics.

Isabel Távora is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and a member of the Work and Equalities Institute at the University of Manchester. Isabel is interested in understanding inequalities and how to reduce them. She is committed to engaged research, which aims to develop the knowledge needed for egalitarian labour markets, social policy and human resource management. Current projects include research on how digitalisation is transforming the experience of work; a comparative study on the impact of the pandemic on women; a project investigating equality, diversity and inclusion policy and practice in UK universities; and qualitative research on the role of staff networks in providing a voice for under-represented employees.

Joan M. Verd is Associate Professor in the Department of  Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He holds BAs in Political Science and Sociology and in Economics and Business Studies and a PhD in Sociology. He is director of the Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT) since 2013 and a member of the Institute for Labour Studies (IET) since its foundation in 2011. His research interests focus on Sociology of Labour (social capital and employment, youth and the labour market) and Research Methods (social network analysis, mixed methods, computer assisted qualitative data analysis). He has participated in and directed various competitive projects (at Spanish and European level) interested in the employment situation of youth, active employment policies and social protection measures linked to the employment situation. He has also been a scientific advisor to the Catalan Agency for University Quality (AQU) in its employers’ survey and has developed research projects for the Catalan Youth Observatory and the Catalan Employment Service.

Paola Villa is former Professor of Economics at University of Trento, Italy. She is the author of numerous studies on labour economics with particular reference to internal labour markets; regulation and deregulation of the labour market; gender inequality in the labour market; fertility and female participation; care work; labour market performance; youth transitions to work in Europe. As an expert of gender studies and equal opportunities policies in a comparative perspective, she has an extensive record of experience advising the European Commission in the field of gender equality and gender mainstreaming. She is one of the founding member of the web magazine