Industrial Relations and Workplace Developments unit
Stavroula Demetriades, from Greece, is the head of industrial relations and workplace developments unit responsible for the planning, development and implementation of industrial relations & workplace development research projects. Stavroula works on the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) and the company survey (ESWT). She also works on projects related to the actors of industrial relations, working time, pay, systems of industrial relations (mainly in EU and other global economies). Stavroula graduated in Political Sciences and Public Administration at Athens University, she holds a Masters degree in regional development and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Aalborg, Denmark. Prior to joining Eurofound, Stavroula worked in the public and private sectors.
Isabella Biletta, from France/Italy, is a research manager responsible for the 'Foundation seminar series' project and works on the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO), European Working Conditions Survey and European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO). She also contributes to several other projects dealing with flexicurity, employability and attractive workplace. She is a graduate in international private and public law and was a lecturer at the law department of Nanterre University. As a former high-ranking French civil servant, Isabella has an extensive experience on labour and employment policies, the social and professional inclusion of young people and women's rights.
Jean-Michel Miller, from Luxembourg, is a research manager currently working on projects related to working conditions and social dialogue, migrants and working conditions, representativeness studies of the social partners, information /consultation of employees, and on the annual review on working conditions in the EU. Before joining Eurofound, Jean-Michel worked for the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels, and for the Parliament in his native Luxembourg. He has studied Business, Economic and Social Affairs in Paris.
Christian Welz, from Germany, is a research manager working on the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) and in charge of the European industrial relations dictionary. Christian works on Governance projects (European Social/Sectoral Social Dialogue), European Works Councils and International Framework Agreements. Christian studied law at the Universities of Bonn, Freiburg, Aix-en-Provence and Strasbourg and holds a PhD from the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands. Prior to joining Eurofound, he was Deputy Director of a French-German training institute for civil servants, managed the EU unit of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Augsburg and was professor in EC law at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Kehl and Offenburg.
Manuel Ortigao, from Portugal, is a research manager working on projects related to work organisation and innovation, working time and implications for productivity, working conditions and industrial relations in the public sector and national practices on information and consultation. Manuel has vast experience of working as Human Resources specialist in various global private companies (Hewlett-Packard, Unisys, PwC, AIMS, Norconsult and Convergys) having lived and worked in Portugal, Spain, UK, and Saudi Arabia and having had responsibilities for Human Resources projects in most European countries as well as in Asia Pacific and North America.
Jorge Cabrita, from Portugal, is a research officer working on projects related to working conditions and social dialogue. He contributes to the development of comparative analytical reports for the Eurofound Observatories EWCO and EIRO: absence from work, the working poor, representativeness studies of social partners, and minimum wage issues as dealt with by the Stakeholder Enquiry Service. Prior to joining Eurofound in June 2009, Jorge worked as a researcher at Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social (CESIS), a research centre in Lisbon where, among other activities, he was part of the national team of correspondents for EWCO. With a background in economics, Jorge holds a Masters Degree from the Technical University of Lisbon in Socio-Organisational Systems of the Economic Activity.
Christine Aumayr, from Austria, is a research officer working on projects related to the sustainability agenda, social dialogue and contributing to EIRO and EWCO. Before joining Eurofound in June 2009, she was working as a researcher at the Institute of Technology and Regional Policy (InTeReg) of Joanneum Research, in the region of Styria, focussing on impact assessments in regional policy and labour markets issues such as intra-industrial labour mobility or the macroeconomic effects of active labour market policies. Christine studied economics in Graz, Vienna and Jönköping and holds a Masters degree and a PhD in economics.
Oscar Vargas, from Spain, is a research officer working on projects related to working conditions. He contributes to the development of comparative analytical reports for the Eurofound Observatories EWCO and EIRO. Before joining Eurofound in December 2009, Oscar worked as project coordinator in the field of health and safety and was responsible for the Professional Card Scheme for the Construction Sector in Spain at the paritarian institution Fundación Laboral de la Construcción in Madrid. Oscar has a background in Industrial Sociology (Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca), and also holds a Diploma in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Cardiff.
Carlos Vacas Soriano is a research officer working on projects related to industrial relations and social dialogue. He contributes to the development of comparative analytical reports for the Eurofound Observatories (EWCO and EIRO) and to the preparation of the Foundation Seminar Series. Before Joining Eurofound in May 2010, Carlos worked for the Commission (AIDCO) and for the Spanish Central Bank as a researcher in European labour markets. Carlos studied Economics and Journalism and did a master in European Economic Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is doing a PhD in European Integration at the UAB in Barcelona and wrote his dissertation on Flexicurity.
Maurizio Curtarelli, from Italy, is a research officer working on projects related to working conditions. He contributes to the development of comparative analytical reports for the Eurofound Observatories. Before joining Eurofound in March 2011, Maurizio worked at the Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers (Istituto per lo Sviluppo della Formazione Professionale dei Lavoratori, ISFOL), a public research institute based in Rome, where, among other research activities, he has been responsible for the periodical survey on working conditions and quality of work in Italy. Maurizio has a background in Economics (Università Federico II di Napoli), and holds a MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics from the City University of London and a MA and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Barcelona and the University of Rome.
Peter Kerckhofs, from Belgium, is a research officer working on industrial relations projects. He contributes to research projects related to European Works Councils, information and consultation, stakeholder enquiries, EIRO and representativeness studies. Peter has worked on European Works Councils as a researcher at the European Trade Union Institute and as a political secretary for EMCEF. Before joining Eurofound, Peter worked also for two universities: as a researcher for UCL and as coordinator of the PhD School of the faculty of social sciences of KU Leuven. Peter studied social work in Geel, and political science at KU Leuven and UCL in Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium. He obtained a PhD from the University of Manchester.
Cécile Deneys, from France, is assistant to the head of the industrial relations and workplace developments unit and is in charge of the organisation and follow-up of Advisory Committee meetings. She is also involved in the preparation and follow-up of meetings, conferences and contracts for projects relating to the social dialogue in times of global economic crisis, national practices on information and consultation; and IR in EU & other global economies. Prior to joining the IRWD team, Cécile worked at the Directorate for a number of years.
Edyta Szostak, from Poland, is assistant to research managers and officers in charge of preparation and follow up of missions, meetings and contracts. She is involved in the EIRO projects but also in the Stakeholders enquiries, banking, flexicurity, work organisation and working time projects carried out by the unit. Prior to this, Edyta worked for three years in DG Enterprise in the European Commission in Brussels and for few years in the private sector in Poland.