Research - Social policies

​Massimiliano Mascherini is Head of Unit ad interim for Social Policies at Eurofound from October 2019. He joined Eurofound in 2009 as a research manager, designing and coordinating projects on youth employment, NEETs and their social inclusion, as well as on the labour market participation of women. In 2017, he became a senior research manager in the Social Policies unit leading new research on monitoring convergence in the European Union. In addition to work on the European Quality of Life Survey, he also leads the preparation and analysis of the new COVID-19 e-surveys. Previously, he was scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. He studied at the University of Florence, majoring in Actuarial and Statistical Sciences and completing a PhD in Applied Statistics. He has been visiting fellow at the University of Sydney and at Aalborg University and visiting professor at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

​Tadas Leončikas is a senior research manager in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound. His main responsibilities relate to management of the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) and development of Eurofound survey research. Since joining Eurofound in 2010, he has worked on survey methods, quality of life, trust, social mobility, social inclusion and measuring quality of public services. Previously, he headed up the Institute for Ethnic Studies in Lithuania and worked on minority surveys. As a researcher, he has collaborated with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the United Nations Development Programme and the International Organization for Migration. He has a PhD in Sociology.

Daphne Ahrendt is a senior research manager in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound. Since joining Eurofound in 2013, her work has covered a broad range of social policy areas. At present, she coordinates Eurofound's survey management and development activity and leads the preparation and analysis of the COVID-19 e-surveys. Daphne has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher working on international surveys, having previously worked in the Eurobarometer Unit at the European Commission and at the National Centre for Social Research in London where she worked on the International Social Survey Programme. Daphne holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice Policies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University.

​Klára Fóti is a research manager in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound. Her current research focuses on perceptions around fairness in society and also includes analyses of Eurofound’s EU-wide surveys, including the European Quality of Life Survey and COVID-19 e-surveys. Her research interests include the integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in particular, intra-EU mobility and social cohesion. She is also involved in research on the socioeconomic impacts of the transition to a carbon-neutral economy. Prior to joining Eurofound in 2008, she worked as senior research fellow at the Institute for World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where her research focused on employment developments in the 'Visegrád countries'. She has been visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. She holds an MA in International Relations from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration and a PhD in Labour Economics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

Hans Dubois is a research manager in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound. His research areas include household over-indebtedness, healthcare, long-term care, social benefits, retirement and quality of the local area. Before joining Eurofound, he was an assistant professor at Kozminski University in Warsaw. He completed a PhD in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University in Milan with a research stay at the International Centre for Policy Studies in Kiev. His dissertation was on 'Decentralisation in public administration'. Prior to this, Hans was a research officer at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies in Madrid. He studied both Economics and Medical Biology at the University of Amsterdam, with semesters at Harvard University and Universidad de Salamanca.

Eszter Sandor is a research manager in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound. She has expertise in survey methodology and statistical analysis, has worked on the preparation and management of the European Quality of Life Survey and most recently the Living, working and COVID-19 e-survey, and is responsible for dataset quality. Her research areas are youth well-being and quality of life in households and families, including subjective well-being, work–life balance and living conditions. She has previously worked as an economic consultant in Scotland focusing on economic impact assessments, evaluations and input–output analysis. She has a Master's degree in Economics and International Relations from the Corvinus University of Budapest.

Sanna Nivakoski is a research officer in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound. Before joining Eurofound in 2021, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University College Dublin's Geary Institute for Public Policy, the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She has worked in many research areas in microeconomics, including retirement income and wealth, pension saving, intergenerational transfers and the financial impact of widowhood. Sanna holds a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin.

Anamaria Maftei is a research officer in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound. Her current research focuses on monitoring upward convergence in the European Union. Before joining Eurofound in 2020, Anamaria worked at the European Commission, as an economic analyst in DG Joint Research Centre and as a research assistant in DG ECFIN. She completed a PhD in Economics at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, with a research stay at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and holds a Master’s degree from Université des Sciences et Technologies in Lille. 

Jean-Marie Jungblut is a research officer in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound. Since joining Eurofound in 2009, he has contributed to the annual reports of the European Restructuring Monitor and the European Jobs Monitor. He was also involved in the calculation method for the cost of NEETs and research on human resource management practices and company performance. In recent years, areas of interest in the living conditions and quality of life sphere have included the reconciliation of work and care, mid-career review, housing and social mobility in Europe. He is currently working on in-work poverty. Previously, he worked for the Luxembourg Income Study and CEPS/INSTEAD in Luxembourg. He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Trier and obtained a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Mannheim while working for the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research.

​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.

 

Javier Bernier is an administrative assistant in the Social Policies unit. He joined Eurofound in March 2001, having previously worked in the private sector in Ireland and Spain.

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