Research - Employment

Irene Mandl is Head of Unit, Employment, at Eurofound. She is mainly involved in research on labour market developments (including new forms of work and employment, digitalisation, restructuring and related public policy approaches) and topics at the intersection of employment and entrepreneurship (such as job-creation, workplace practices, small and medium-sized enterprises, business start-ups and scale-ups and internationalisation). Before joining Eurofound, she worked in policy-oriented socioeconomic research in Austria in the fields of employment and the labour market, as well as entrepreneurship and industry analysis. She holds Master’s degrees in international business administration and in business and law. 

​Stavroula Demetriades is senior research manager in the Employment unit at Eurofound. 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 senior research manager in the Employment unit at Eurofound. 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.

Tina Weber is a research manager sharing her time between the Employment and Working Life units at Eurofound. Her research focuses on labour market change, restructuring and working conditions. Prior to joining Eurofound in March 2019, Tina worked as a senior researcher at the research and consulting services company ICF with a focus on comparative studies, evaluations and impact assessments in the fields of labour law, labour market policies, gender equality and industrial relations. Tina holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Edinburgh.

Carlos Vacas Soriano is a research manager 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.


Sara Riso is a research manager in the Employment unit at Eurofound. She is 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.

​Martina Bisello is a research officer in the Employment unit at Eurofound. Her research interests include labour market impacts of technological change, skills supply and demand, labour mobility, gender gaps and inequalities. 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. 

Chris White is a survey data officer, based in the Employment unit at Eurofound, tasked with providing support for all three of Eurofound's surveys: the EWCS, EQLS and ECS. Before joining Eurofound in December 2018, he worked on sampling methods and the analysis of household surveys in the national statistical institutes of the United Kingdom and Australia. He holds an MSc in Operational Research and his research interests include the integration of survey and administrative data sources. 

Eleonora Peruffo joined the Employment unit at Eurofound as research assistant in November 2015. She works on the European Restructuring Monitor observatory and on Digital Age projects on game changing technologies. She holds an MA in Diplomatic Sciences and International Relations awarded by the University of Trieste and an MSc in Computer Science - 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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