Project Untangled

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Project Untangled



    Andrew Clark is Director of International & European Affairs and a Full Professor at the Paris School of Economics. Professor Clark’s work focuses on the interface between psychology, sociology and economics. He uses job and life satisfaction scores, and other psychological indices, as proxy measures of utility, examining social interactions and social learning. His research has included using measures of utility to test popular models of the labour market. Professor Clark previously held posts at Dartmouth, Essex, CEPREMAP, DELTA, the OECD and the University of Orléans.

    Christophe Degryse is a Senior Researcher and Head of the Foresight Unit at the European Trade Union Institute. The unit aims to equip the European trade union movement with tools for strategic thinking, stimulating reflection on the future of employment and labour markets, while providing decision-makers with instruments that allow them to take this future in hand and help to build it. Before taking up the leadership of the unit in 2016, Mr Degryse published a number of reports and books on the EU, and worked for 10 years as publisher of Social Developments in the European Union, an annual publication co-edited by the European Social Observatory and the ETUI. His research has focused on European social dialogue EU economic governance, and digitisation of the economy and its impact on labour markets.

    Maria Jepsen serves as Deputy Director of the European Foundation for Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). Dr Jepsen was appointed to this role on 1 November 2019, and also serves as an associate professor in labour economics at ULB and external lecturer at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL). Her earlier positions include director of the research department at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), and assistant professor and research fellow at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). Dr Jepsen’s research interests include gender studies, the impact of welfare states on labour supply, wages and working conditions, and more recently the development of the European social dimension.

    Philipp Kircher is the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University (US) where he directs the Institute for Labor Dynamics. He is also Researcher at UC Louvain and Honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University. 

    He studies labour markets and inequality; his research interests include the wages and employment prospects of workers with different skills in a world with differentiated jobs/occupations. Professor Kircher explores how various people change occupations and the behaviours of job seekers.

    Uma Rani is a Senior Economist at the International Labour Organization. Her main research interests are in development economics, the informal sector, minimum wages, poverty, inequality, social policies and gender. Before joining the ILO she was an Associate Professor at Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India. Dr Rani has also held Visiting Fellow positions at Institute of Developing Economies, Japan; ETH-NADEL, Zürich and Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, Paris, researching informal employment, precarious and non-standard forms of work.

    Oliver Roethig has led UNI Europa, the European service workers union with 7 million members, as its Regional Secretary since 2011. He serves on the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and of the Management Committee of the European Trade Union Institute, as well as the Executive Board of UNI Global Union, which represents 20 million workers worldwide. Mr Roethig was a member of the European Commission’s high-level working group on business services (2013-2014). He studied political science, industrial relations, history and law at the universities of Bonn and Aberdeen and graduated from the London School of Economics.

    Indhira Santos serves as Global lead for Labour & Skills in the World Bank Social Protection & Jobs Practice. Dr Santos was a primary author of the 2019 World Development Report The Changing Nature of Work and the 2016 World Development Report Digital Dividends. She has worked on the Africa, Europe and Central Asia and South Asia Regions at the World Bank since joining as a Young Professional in 2009. Previous employers include Bruegel, a European policy think tank in Brussels; the Economic Research Centre of the PUCMM University; and the Dominican Republic Ministry of Finance.

    Kunal Sen is the Director of UNU-WIDER. He has more than three decades of experience in academic and applied development economics research. Professor Sen is the author of eight books and the editor of five volumes on the economics and political economy of development. He has served as director of UNU-WIDER, the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, since 2019, and is a professor of development economics at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. He has performed extensive research on international finance, the political economy determinants of inclusive growth, the dynamics of poverty, social exclusion, female labour force participation, and the informal sector in developing economies.

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    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004776

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