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Irene Mandl is Head of the research unit ‘Employment’ at Eurofound. She holds a master’s degree in International Business Administration and one in Business and Law. Before joining Eurofound, she worked in policy-oriented socioeconomic research in Austria in the fields of employment and labour market, as well as entrepreneurship and industry analysis. At Eurofound, she is mainly involved in research on labour market developments (including new forms of work and employment, digitalisation or restructuring and related public policy approaches) and topics in the intersection of employment and entrepreneurship (such as job creation, workplace practices, small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and scale-ups or internationalisation). 

​Stavroula Demetriades is senior research manager in the Employment unit. She has responsibility for research in the areas of innovation, workplace practices and job creation. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aalborg, Denmark. She also has an MSc in Economic Policies from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Regional Development from Athens University. Prior to joining Eurofound in 1999, she worked in research institutes, in different posts in the public and private sectors, and conducted organisational and socioeconomic studies. Her main research interests include human resource management, work systems, innovation, employment and social dialogue. She has been appointed adjunct professor in the Business School at University College Dublin.

John Hurley is a research manager in the Employment unit. He took up the role of research manager in February 2012, having previously worked in various capacities in research and in information and communication. He is responsible for the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) events database, contributes to a number of other research projects including the European Jobs Monitor and has authored or co-authored over 20 reports during his time at Eurofound. His main research interests are in the areas of comparative labour market analysis, restructuring and the changing world of work.

​Gijs van Houten is a research manager in the Employment unit at Eurofound. He is the project leader of the fourth European Company Survey, which will look at work organisation, human resource management, skills utilisation, employee participation and social dialogue in European workplaces. He holds an MA in Sociology from Radboud University, Nijmegen, and a PhD in Social Science from Utrecht University. Prior to joining Eurofound in 2010, he lectured at University College Dublin and Utrecht University, and worked as a researcher for the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP). In 2016, he spent a year at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, working as an international survey methodologist.

Carlos Vacas Soriano is a research officer in the Employment unit at Eurofound. He works on topics related to wage and income inequalities, minimum wages, low pay, temporary employment and segmentation. Prior to joining Eurofound in 2010, he worked as a macroeconomic analyst for the European Commission and as a researcher in European labour markets at the Spanish Central Bank. He studied economics and holds an MA in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.


​Martina Bisello is a research officer in the Employment unit at Eurofound. She currently works on developing a set of indicators to monitor socioeconomic convergence in the European Union in a range of dimensions, including employment. Her research interests also include gender gaps in the labour market and the effects of technological change on the economy. Prior to joining Eurofound in 2014, she was visiting researcher at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation at the University of Bristol and at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. She holds an MSc in International Economics from the University of Padova and a PhD in Economics (Doctor Europaeus mention) from the University of Pisa. 

Sara Riso took up responsibilities as research officer in the Employment unit in 2010. Since then, she has been involved in research projects in the areas of employment change and restructuring. She joined Eurofound in 2006 as information liaison officer and assisted in research on restructuring and working conditions. Prior to joining Eurofound, Sara worked as manager of research projects for large Brussels-based European associations and networks. Her background studies are in psychology, communication and languages, and her main research interest is in the area of change management.

Valentina Patrini is a research officer in the Employment unit, having joined Eurofound in 2016. She is mainly working on research on entrepreneurship, internationalisation and innovation and their relationship with employment and job creation. Valentina has 10 years of experience in the field of socioeconomic research, carrying out evaluations and studies at EU, national and regional levels in the fields of employment, education and training, and regional and socioeconomic development. She holds an MSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan and postgraduate certificates in policy evaluation.

Eleonora Peruffo joined the Employment unit as research assistant in November 2015. She works on the European Restructuring Monitor observatory and is involved in the research activity on the digital age.. She holds an MA in Diplomatic Sciences and International Relations awarded by the University of Trieste and a H. Dip. Sc. in Data Analytics from the National College of Ireland. She previously worked in the lifelong learning sector.


​Cécile Deneys is an administrative assistant in the Employment unit at Eurofound. She provides assistance to the unit in the development and implementation of a number of research projects. Since she joined Eurofound, she worked across different units including several years with the Directorate. Prior to that, she worked in the private sector in Paris. 


Chantal Botos is an assistant in the Employment unit and joined Eurofound in 2011. Prior to this, she worked as a business administration expert. She holds a Diploma in Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin.

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