HIVA, the Research Institute for Work and Society at KU Leuven, is a multidisciplinary body that carries out policy-oriented research and provides expert advice on opportunities to create high-quality, long-term jobs and on how the policies applied by organisations, sectors and other actors affect those opportunities. Workers, socially vulnerable groups, social organisations and movements in society are the common themes of HIVA’s research. By gathering scientific knowledge and applying it to socially relevant topics, the institute works to ensure greater social justice, higher participation and equal opportunities for all citizens. Inequality of opportunity, and eliminating it through participation and social dialogue, form an important focus of interest.
The European comparative perspective is an important framework in HIVA analyses. Institute interdisciplinary research applies a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including the development of concrete methodologies and instruments.
At UNTANGLED KU Leuven, HIVA is leader of WP 1: Project management and coordination, WP 2: Framework and joint infrastructure and WP 7: Synthesis and policy. HIVA is involved in all WPs.