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University of Warwick, UK

Bernard Casey, Colin Crouch, Paul Marginson, Guglielmo Meardi, Anthony Neuberger, Ralf Rogowski, Noel Whiteside, Bernhard Ebbinghaus (University of Mannheim)

The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s foremost institutions for advanced academic research. This application has brought together colleagues from a number of departments (law, sociology, the Institute of Employment Research, and two groups within Warwick Business School (Industrial Relations Research Unit, and Public Management and Policy)). The individual participants concerned with prior experience of working together, particularly through the Warwick European Policy Network (WEPN), an informal grouping of Warwick academics working on various policy-related Europe-wide research themes.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 15:55

University of Tilburg, Netherlands

Ruud Muffels, Ruud Luijkx

Tilburg University is one of the smaller Universities in the South-Eastern part of the Netherlands with almost 11,000 students in law, economics, social sciences and humanities. Notwithstanding its size it has European top rankings for research and education in these fields. The Department of Sociology has, in collaboration with the Institute of Labour Studies (OSA), built up a long standing expertise on labour market and welfare state research. Applying a multidisciplinary perspective and based on an excellent record in the underlying basic disciplines of economics, sociology and law all researchers involved in the project have been publishing in the best media and are frequently asked at the national and international level to present their findings for a broad audience. Researchers from Tilburg have in the recent past been and still are strongly engaged in European and International research consortia and networks (DYNSOC, EXSPRO, TRANSLAM, TLM.NET, TRANSWELL European Flexicurity Research Network, EQUALSOC, RecWoWe) most of them funded by the EU’s 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Researchers have also contributed to developing innovative concepts, labour market approaches and policies such as dealing with ‘flexicurity’ and the ‘transitional labour market’.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 15:56

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Centre d’Estudis Sociològics Sobre la Vida Quotidiana i el Treball –Quit (Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work), Spain

Antonio Martin Artiles, Oscar Molina Romo

The fundamental aim of the research centre is the development and consolidation of high-quality research in the fields of work, employment and everyday life. The research on labour market, domestic work and everyday life highlights the importance of the context in which these phenomena are inscribed, and focuses on strategies of actors in order to understand the phenomena we study.

QUIT has carried out extensive research on industrial relations, human resource management, local labour market and employment conditions. It has experience on in-depth case studies in companies, comparative studies and survey-based research. It has acquired expertise in cross-national collaborative research within Europe by collaborating with outstanding research teams. During recent years QUIT’s members have been involved in several major European research projects.

Recent and current research:

  • Resources, rights and capabilities; in search of social foundations –CAPRIGHT (VI Framework Programme)
  • Dynamics of national employment models –DYNAMO (VI Framework Programme)
  • Employee’s resources and social rights in Europe –RESORE (V Framework Programme)
  • Sustainable, social, and local development with employment generation -DELOGE (Ministry of Education and Science)
  • Working time in the collective bargaining and its social effects (Ministry of Education and Science)
Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 15:58

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Jean-Claude Barbier, Bruno Amable, Fabrice Colomb, Christine Erhel, Jérôme Gautié, Bernard Gazier, Jean-Luc Outin, Miriam Hartlapp (Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB))

CNRS is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. The Centre d’économie de la Sorbonne (CES) is a unit of CNRS (n°8174), and has a partnership with Université Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne. The group making this proposal work on the current transformation of employment relationships, the restructuring of social protection and its current tendency to reorganise along new cognitive and normative principles. MATISSE is a partner in many European and international networks, among which TLM.net DYNAMO, IWPLS, Low Wages in Europe, IKOC, EUSTOC.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 May 2010 10:03

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Dorothee Bohle

The Central European University (CEU) is an internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in social sciences and the humanities. Established in 1991, CEU attracts nearly 1000 doctoral and masters’ students each year from almost 80 countries, primarily from Central, Eastern and Western Europe, and Central Asia. CEU aims at excellence in the mastery of established knowledge, excellence in the creation of new knowledge in the social sciences and the humanities, and excellence in developing the policy implications of both. In order to achieve this, the university has built on a combination of American and European, including regional, intellectual and academic traditions; on commitment to social service; and on its own academic and policy achievements in helping to transform the communist inheritance amidst strong regional inequalities. The university is oriented to interdisciplinary research on, and the study of, social change and the policy implications of transition to open societies. In addition, emphasis is placed on European Union affairs, as well as on the special features of non-Western democracies.

The Political Economy Research Group (PERG) at Central European University is an interdisciplinary network jointly established by various departments. The mission of PERG is to foster collaborative research among the CEU faculty and students working in the area of political economy in general and in the field of East European capitalist diversity in particular. Its special areas of competence are foreign direct investment and industrial restructuring, social policies and industrial relations in Central Eastern Europe.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:02

Aalborg University (CARMA), Denmark

Kongshøj Madsen

CARMA is an abbreviation for Centre for Labour Market Research at Aalborg University. It has an interdisciplinary profile combining the insights of economists, sociologists and political scientists. The four main research areas of CARMA are:

  • Industrial relations, wage formation and employment: This research area concentrates on work organisation, technology developments, cooperation and management styles, collective bargaining, wage and personnel policies in private enterprises and public institutions.
  • Values, interests and power in industrial relations: Focus on work attitudes, human resource management, assessments of management, unions and work life.
  • Education and the labour market: Developments in vocational and further education, demand for qualifications and educational policy.
  • National and international employment policy: Policy formation at all levels, implementation of labour market policy, links between policy areas, the welfare state and flexicurity arrangements.

At present CARMA has a staff of around 20 researchers and administrative staff. The director of CARMA is Professor Per Kongshøj Madsen. For further information and lists of publications, see www.socsci.aau.dk/carma.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:04

University of Amsterdam / Hugo Sinzheimer Institute (HSI), Netherlands

Els Sol

The Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut (HSI), a research institute at the Law Faculty of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, is a centre for interdisciplinary (legal and social science) research into the fields of labour, labour law and social security. Taking interdisciplinarity seriously, HSI stands out as one of few institutes in Europe where the advancement of knowledge on labour law issues is based upon the coordinated research activities of lawyers, sociologists and economists.

Research themes include the foundations of labour law, fundamental human and social rights, labour conditions, labour market policies, regulation of health & safety and working time, public employment services, labour participation and pathways to work, and developments in social security. Activities include academic research, commissioned research and training of researchers. The institute participates in the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) and in several international networks. Among the EC-supported programmes were the network on `Transitional Labour Markets' (FP4 to FP6). Other projects for the European Commission (DG V) include the coordination of the European Network of Experts on Equal Treatment, the coordination (with the University of Newcastle) of a Europe-wide project on the Utilisation of Equality Litigation (1993-95) and some studies on the transposition of Directives (on Part-Time Work and on Fixed-Term Contracts) in the national legislations of The Netherlands, Germany and Austria (2001, 2003). HSI acts as Dutch participant in the European Industrial Relations Observatory, coordinated by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:05

The Department of Sciences of Communication of the University of Teramo, Italy

Luigi Burroni

The University of Teramo was established in 1993. Now it has five faculties (Political Sciences, Sciences of Communication; Law; Veterinarian Medicine, Agrarian Sciences) and it runs 7 doctoral programs, two of them connected with economic sociology and regional development field: the PhD program on ‘Local development and Social Policy’ and the PhD program on ‘Territorial politics for local and regional development’.

The Department of Sciences of Communications participates in this research project; it has a staff that includes 7 full professors, 6 associate professors and 18 researchers. In the last Research Assessment Exercise the Department performed very well, reflecting the high level of activity generated by a relatively small number of staff. The recent programme of appointments has considerably strengthened the research profile of the Department.

One of the main focuses of the Department is related to the analysis of social and economic institutions in which economic behaviour is embedded. Research in this area includes topics such as the regional models of capitalism, the labour markets trends, the varieties of capitalism, the social organization of markets and firms, the dynamics of labour unions. Several professors within the department specialize in this area and offer training through a variety of seminars, funded research projects, and cooperative arrangements with firms and public/private institutions. The research activities of the Department share a comparative approach: many professors of the Department have taken part in comparative research projects on the transformation of the European local economies; on collective bargaining and negotiation at European and national level; the role of social partners in promoting labour policies; on European television industry and media education.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:06

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Ute Klammer

The University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, is located in the middle of a region with the largest number of educational institutions per square kilometre in Europe. About 30,000 students are enrolled at the university; with its 3,400 academic and non-academic staff, it is one of the most important employers in the Ruhr region. The broad spectrum covered by teaching and research at the two campuses stretches from the departments devoted to the humanities, social sciences and economic sciences at the one end to the engineering and science departments and medical school at the other. Most of the students are working toward the traditional ‘Diplom’ or ‘Magister’ degrees. The university has received broad support from the German Research Association (DFG). The numerous institutes within the university - as well as the host of institutes affiliated with or attached to the university - carry out diversified research with a practical orientation; these institutes have a sense of obligation to the humanities and the social sciences as well as to the natural and engineering sciences. It is because of this close connection to the world of work that the university is stepping up its activities in the area of continuing education: It has already established several institutions in Duisburg and Essen offering a large variety of programs leading to job-related qualifications.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:07

The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Iain Begg

The LSE is the leading UK social science higher education and research institution, with expertise in all the principal social science disciplines. LSE's European Institute was created in 1991 to develop, co-ordinate and improve teaching, research training and research about Europe at LSE and to promote LSE as a centre of excellence for work in the field of European integration studies. One of its key areas of research is the political economy of European integration, with research rooted in economics but drawing on legal and political science methods. The Institute has a highly regarded research record and has recently been strengthened by the creation of a new chair in European Political Economy.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:08

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Tomáš Sirovátka

The Masaryk University (MU) is a well-established and an internationally known university in Brno, the Czech Republic. The Faculty of Social Studies is an academic unit within the university which focuses on both education and research in the fields of Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, European Studies, Psychology, Media Studies and Journalism, Social Policy and Social Work, and Environmental Studies, with the recent additions of Gender Studies, Social Anthropology, and Strategic and Security Studies. It is fully committed to linking educational activities with its own research projects.

The Department of Social Policy and Social Work is specifically devoted to analyzing social policy measures and training social workers. It is closely connected to the research Institute for Studies on Social Reproduction and Integration and many of its employees also work for the Brno branch of the Research Institute of Labour and Social Affairs. Research at this department has concentrated on such areas as poverty, social exclusion, unemployment, the position of the minority groups in society, labour market policy, family policy, social inclusion and social integration policies, legitimacy of the welfare state.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:09

The ETUI-REHS and its research department, Brussels, Belgium

Maarten Keune

The European Trade Union Institute for Research, Education, and Health and Safety (ETUI-REHS) is an international non profit-making Association established under Belgian law. The ETUI-REHS employs approximately 60 staff from across Europe and is financially supported by the European Community. It has three main objectives:

  • conducting research, producing studies and monitoring European issues of strategic importance for the world of labour while building bridges between the academic and research community and the labour movement;
  • promoting education and training activities, programmes and exchanges that strengthen a European Trade Union identity;
  • providing technical support in the field of occupational health, safety and protection so as to promote a high level of health and safety protection for workers in Europe.

The main role of the ETUI-REHS Research department is to conduct intellectually independent research on issues that are of strategic importance for the labour movement across Europe. By carrying out this role ETUI-REHS ensures that:

  • major developments that influence European workers and their rights are thoroughly analysed, discussed and monitored;
  • bridges are built between academia and the trade union movement;
  • European level policies are monitored and assessed.

Research areas cover, among others, labour law, worker representation, collective bargaining, employment and labour market developments and policies, welfare state issues and social dialogue. It also analyses how European trade unions recruit their members and what strategies they have to attract young people, migrant workers and women.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:10

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Axel van den Berg, Paul Bernard, Charles Fleury

McGill is among Canada’s longest-established universities, with a strong reputation for its international orientation and leading, research activities.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:12