Research: Living Conditions and Quality of Life

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Robert Anderson is head of the Living Conditions and Quality of Life research programme. His current research activities include: monitoring quality of life and living conditions in the EU; projects on ageing and changes in employment over the life course; measures to promote the social inclusion of people with chronic illness; and creation of employment in care services. Robert worked previously at the European Office of the World Health Organisation and on health and social research in the UK and Germany.

 

Klara FotiKlára Fóti is a research manager dealing mainly with labour market and social policy issues. After her studies at the faculty of International Relations at the Budapest University of Economics, she joined the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where she became research fellow, working primarily on employment situation in European countries. More recently, Klára was teaching international economics, human resource management and economic policy at a business college in Budapest. Her work in Eurofound includes analysing data from the European Quality of Life Survey, as well as conducting research on intra-EU labour mobility and its impacts on social services. Klára defended her PhD thesis on labour market developments in the ‘Visegrád countries’.

Tadas Leončikas is a research manager in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit. His main responsibilities relate to implementation and reporting of the European Quality of Life Survey and contributing to the development of Eurofound survey research. Tadas is a sociologist with research interests in quality of life, social integration, equality and migration. Prior to joining Eurofound in 2010, he headed the Centre of Ethnic Studies in Lithuania and worked on minority surveys. As a researcher, he has previously collaborated with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the United Nations Development Programme and the International Organisation for Migration. Tadas has a PhD in sociology.

Anna LudwinekAnna Ludwinek, from Poland, is a research manager in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life Unit. She currently works on social inclusion and youth transitions projects as well as migration issues. She previously worked in Brussels, for a European industry association, Eucomed, where she was representing the interests of medical technology. She was responsible for the management of Governmental affairs, and the liaison with European and international institutions, healthcare and national level policy-makers. Anna holds a Masters in Political Science and a Bachelor degree in International Relations.

Daphne Ahrendt joined the Living Conditions and Quality of Life Unit as a research manager in January 2013. Her current research activities focus on subjective well-being, families in the economic crisis, housing and childcare. She is also involved in preparing the fourth wave of the European Quality of Life Survey, which she has worked with since 2003, contributing to the design of the questionnaire and the management of the survey. Daphne is from the Netherlands but did her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University (Political Science) and postgraduate studies at the LSE in London (Criminology). After working on the British Social Attitudes Survey and the International Social Survey at the National Centre for Social Research in London, Daphne went to the European Commission to work on the Eurobarometer Survey.

Hans Dubois is a research manager in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit. His research topics include household over-indebtedness, access to healthcare, non-take-up of social benefits, and extending working lives through flexible retirement schemes. Prior to starting at Eurofound, he was Assistant Professor at Kozminski University in Warsaw. Hans did his PhD in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University in Milan with a research stay at the International Centre for Policy Studies in Kiev, after working as Research Officer at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies in Madrid. He studied Economics and Medical Biology at the University of Amsterdam, with semesters at Harvard University and Universidad de Salamanca.

Eszter Sandor

Eszter Sandor is a research officer in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit. She works primarily on the preparation and analysis of European Quality of Life Survey dataset, as well as on in-house analytical reports based on the surveys. Eszter is from Hungary and completed a Masters degree in Economics and International Relations in Budapest. She then lived in Scotland for three years, where she worked in the private sector as an economic consultant before joining Eurofound in September 2009.

Jean-Marie Jungblut is from Luxembourg but lived most of his life in Belgium and Germany. In 1998, he graduated in Sociology at the University of Trier (Germany). After working for the Luxembourg Income Study and the CEPS/INSTEAD from 2000 to 2002, he went on to do a PhD in Sociology at the University of Mannheim while working for the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). His publications are in the areas of quality of life studies, vocational training and skill development, human resource management, skill-wage disparities, worker displacement and the cost of juvenile inactivity. Jean-Marie joined Eurofound in June 2009 and works as research officer in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit since November 2012.

Daniel Molinuevo is a research officer in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit since June 2010. Prior to his appointment, Daniel worked in a European network of social services, where he focused on polices for children and families as well as on mental health. He has also collaborated with the Spanish Open University (UNED) in the area of mental health policy. Daniel is Spanish and studied sociology in Salamanca (Spain) and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He has a MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a MSc in European Social Policy from the London School of Economics, where he also worked as a researcher.

Sarah FarrellSarah Farrell is one of the administrative assistants in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit. She joined Eurofound in 1994, having previously worked in the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice in Brussels and Luxembourg, and prior to that in the private sector in Ireland.

Javier Bernier is an information assistant primarily supporting the research managers with any administrative work related to the research projects of - and events organised by - the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit. He joined Eurofound in March 2001 having previously worked in the private sector in Ireland in an international trade company and prior to that in the private sector in Spain.