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WYP Partners

The WorkYP Consortium is composed by 11 partners, of which 8 Universities and 3 Social Rights Institutions.  A Scientific Advisory Board and the Stakeholders Advisory Board help us to achieve the goals of the project.

8 Universities

Only 15 years after its foundation in 2003, the University of Luxembourg already ranks among the best 250 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education Rankings. In 2018, the renowned scientific journal Nature included the University of Luxembourg for the first time in its Nature Index 2018 Rising Stars supplement of research institutions with increasing publication numbers in first-rate scientific journals. The University of Luxembourg was ranked at position 161 in the global index of the best universities and at position 14 in a list of the top institutions younger than 30 years. In this category, the University is second among European institutions. In 2017, an external research evaluation conducted by the independent Swiss-based Interface Politikstudien Forschung Beratung GmbH confirmed that nine out of the University’s 13 research units and interdisciplinary research centres ”enjoy a leading international role.” An important part of this success is the strategic decision to define research priorities and focus on those areas. The University’s focus areas include Materials science, Computer science and ICT security, European and international law, Finance and financial innovation, Education, Digital and contemporary history, Health and systems biomedicine, as well as Data modelling and simulation. As digitalisation is one of the major pillars of the University’s long-term strategy, it has invested heavily in its High Performance Computing capabilities. From biologists conducting genome research and material researchers to economists modelling social mobility, the University of Luxembourg offers its researchers the infrastructure to use the vast possibilities of big data applications for their work.

University’s Technology Transfer Office makes sure that research doesn’t stop with the publication of a paper in a scientific journal. It helps researchers to identify ideas that are suitable for commercialisation, supports them to secure intellectual property rights and advises them when they intend to create spin-offs.

From the outset, the University of Luxembourg managed to recruit highly talented scientists from all over the world. In addition to the good living conditions in Luxembourg and the international atmosphere, researchers are attracted by the outstanding research environment and competitive salaries.

wwwen.uni.lu

The Alma Mater Studiorum, the oldest university in the Western world, paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research and a constant and increasingly broad international perspective. Since its origins in 1088, Alma Mater has been student-centred hosting prominent figures from science and the arts. Based in five campuses (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini), with a branch in Buenos Aires, it offers a teaching catalogue diversified and tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 200 degree programmes among its 32 Departments and 11 Schools are offered to over 81,000 students. 5,000 graduates are enrolled in PhDs and 3rd cycle programmes. As a comprehensive research university Alma Mater invests in the multidisciplinary cross-cultural approach and in the inseparable connection between research and teaching. One of the most active universities leading and participating in European research and academic cooperation projects, Bologna has formed knowledge alliances with industry and public/private organizations. It is a hub of international networks.

Beyond its close European links, it enjoys multiple connections with America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Research and Innovation are a priority of the University mission.

The Department of Political and Social Sciences(DSPS) is a point of reference for the political-social area and collects the legacies of the study and teaching of political and social sciences in the University of Bologna.The University of Bologna, for Political Science and International Studies, is the only Italian university ranked among the top 100 in the world according to the QS Ranking. In the initiative of the Departments of Excellence, the Ministry of Education, University and Research has awarded the best departments of Italian universities with a contribution to finance five-year development projects. At the national level 180 “Excellent departments” have been identified. 14 Departments of the Alma Mater were selected.

www.unibo.it

Goethe University Frankfurt is one of the largest universities in Germany with more than 48,000 students.

Of these, more than 7,500 are international students from approx. 136 different countries. Goethe University hosts more than 2000 PhD students and 572 professors in 16 departments covering natural and life sciences as well as the humanities and socio-economic sciences. The University is committed to providing excellent conditions for academic teaching and research, as well as a continuous dialogue with society. Embedded in a metropolitan area of considerable economic strength, with a sizeable international population and a cosmopolitan spirit, the University covers a wide range of subjects. Over the past decade, Goethe University has undergone a profound transformation. The creation of two new campuses, the intensification of collaborations with external research institutes and the university’s transformation into an autonomous Stiftungsuniversität (Foundation under Public Law) have all contributed to promote the University into the group of leading research universities in Germany. Goethe University not only guarantees its researchers the freedom to develop their individual ideas, but also enjoys a high degree of institutional autonomy. This has led to a continual improvement in research and teaching throughout all stages of academic career development.

www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de

The KU Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is the most ancient, the biggest and the top-ranked university in Belgium. The Institute for Labour Law of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven consists of two full-time professors, Frank Hendrickx and Valerio De Stefano, and 5 doctoral assistant. The Institute is part of the Faculty of Law. The Institute and its professors have been involved in numerous international and national research projects and grants funded by international, EU and national institutions. In the last 5 years these projects include: an analysis of the legal framework for digital labour platforms in selected EU Countries for the Joint Research Centre of the EU Commission (2017); a research on the employment and working conditions related to specific types of crowd employment for Eurofound (2018); a study on the revision of the written statement directive for the EU Commission (2017); a study on the revision of two directives on the maritime and shipping sector for the EU Commission (2018); a study on the impact of the transfer of undertaking directive in the railway sector for the EU Commission (2016); a study on artificial intelligence at the workplace for the International Labour Office (2018); a legal report on cyberbullying and online violence at the workplace for the International Labour Office (2019); a five-year grant of 838,000 Euro for an interdisciplinary research on the working conditions and the labour protection of platform workers awarded by the Research Foundations Flanders, FWO (2018-2023); a study on the working conditions and working time for non-profit sector in Belgium, for the Belgium Government (2016-2017), a study on working incapacity and re-integration at the workplace for the Research Foundations Flanders, FWO, (2015-2016).

The Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven consists of 11 professors, including Valeria Pulignano, and about 80 educational and research assistants, organised into 8 research areas: Family & Population Studies; Institute for Social & Political Opinion Research; Life Sciences & Society Lab; Social Policy & Social Work; Social Research Methodology Group; Sociology of Education; Theory, Culture & Religion; Work & Organisation. The CeSO is Belgian-partner for the running of the European Social Survey. Within the “work and organisation‟ research group, research mainly focuses on: ; industrial and employment relations in a comparative perspective in Europe, in particular social change and corporate restructuring social dialogue and systems of workplace representations; labour markets and labour markets policy; work organisation and the quality of work; organizational design and change; economic and industrial development. The group is involved in externally funded international and national research projects on social change and restructuring, globalisation, employment and work, work organisation and globalization, and changing employment relations.

www.kuleuven.be

Goethe University Frankfurt is one of the largest univers

Tilburg University (TiU) has a firm international reputation for research and education in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences. In its mission, captured in the slogan “Understanding Society”, Tilburg aims at inspiring students and School members to reach their full potential, thereby contributing to a positive impact on society at large. Tilburg University’s disciplines of economics, law, catholic theology, social and behavioural sciences, and humanities contribute each in their own way to Understanding Society. In all our choices, quality comes before quantity. International cooperation is a prerequisite for realizing our ambitions in teaching, research, and valorisation. The Tilburg University community comprises over 12,000 students and 1,600 staff with 95 nationalities.

Within Tilburg University, Tilburg Law School (TLS) offers highly-ranked national and international education and legal research. TLS is ranked among the highest as ‘Top International Law School’ by the American Social Science Research Network (SSRN). TLS was established in 1963 and approximately 3,000 students are currently enrolled in its law programs. The faculty employs more than 300 staff. TLS has a constant high ranking in national reviews and international peer reviews on legal research and education. TLS’s Department of Labour Law and Social Policy provides the staff for this project. Areas of expertise covered by its staff members are (national, European and international) labour law, employment & industrial relations, HR and social policy and social security law.

Tilburg University

ities in Germany with more than 48,000 students.

Of these, more than 7,500 are international students from approx. 136 different countries. Goethe University hosts more than 2000 PhD students and 572 professors in 16 departments covering natural and life sciences as well as the humanities and socio-economic sciences. The University is committed to providing excellent conditions for academic teaching and research, as well as a continuous dialogue with society. Embedded in a metropolitan area of considerable economic strength, with a sizeable international population and a cosmopolitan spirit, the University covers a wide range of subjects. Over the past decade, Goethe University has undergone a profound transformation. The creation of two new campuses, the intensification of collaborations with external research institutes and the university’s transformation into an autonomous Stiftungsuniversität (Foundation under Public Law) have all contributed to promote the University into the group of leading research universities in Germany. Goethe University not only guarantees its researchers the freedom to develop their individual ideas, but also enjoys a high degree of institutional autonomy. This has led to a continual improvement in research and teaching throughout all stages of academic career development.

www.tilburguniversity.edu

Founded in 1913, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is currently one the biggest universities of the Netherlands with a student population of 23,000 and a research community of circa 1,400. Scholars and students in seven faculties and two institutions work on global social challenges in the areas of Health, Wealth, Governance and Culture. These four areas of expertise are linked to the seven faculties of the EUR. The research grouped in the four areas is conducted at the research schools and institutes or in the faculty research groups. As part of a large global network of academic partnerships, in strategic alliance with Leiden University and Delft University of Technology and in a unique collaboration with city and port, the dynamic city of Rotterdam serves as our laboratory. The quality of research at EUR, named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings.

Erasmus School of Law (ESL) employs 480 members of staff and is attended by around 5000 students. ESL offers bachelor programmes in Law, Tax Law and Criminology, with a focus on active academic learning. Students can subsequently choose from a wide variety of master programmes. ESL also collaborates in Double Degree programmes combining law and (business) economics or law and business administration and is one of the founders of the European Master in Law & Economics. Once students have completed their master’s degree, they may choose from several postgraduate tracks provided by Erasmus School of Law (in collaboration with Erasmus Academy and others). The fundamental premise underlying academic research conducted at Erasmus School of Law is that law cannot be considered in splendid isolation or as an end in itself. It is embedded in an economic and social context that shapes law. At the same time, the law itself shapes society and defines economic relationships. In line with this vision, our mission is to conduct innovative research on the function of law in its economic and social context. This research has a strong social and business-driven orientation. Erasmus School of Law is committed to promoting international and interdisciplinary research, as shown by its participation in several international research collaboration.

www.eur.nl

Lund University is an ancient academic institution founded 351 years ago that, nevertheless, looks at the future of knowledge and science. The Department of Business Law is part of the School of Economics and Management, one of the top Business Schools in Scandinavia. Research in Business law contributes to the theoretical framework and understanding of legal issues pertaining to domains and markets of particular importance for social welfare, such as business, innovation, entrepreneurship, labour, taxes and contracts. As a consequence, the domains of interest to Business law are also of interest to a number of other social science disciplines. Among them are inter alia economics, business administration and political science.

Our research focuses on several legal areas of study, including contract law, corporate law, market law, intellectual property law, competition law, tax law and labour law. A common theme in our research is to analyse how law interacts with companies, industries and society. The increased internationalisation means that these legal areas all have an international dimension. EU law and international law in general are therefore integrated and often central components in our research. The Department is currently developing research projects in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning and several projects are already running in this field. We are also engaged in a great number of research projects which relates to different aspects of sustainability, such as social and green clauses in public procurement, corporate social responsibility and business ethics, taxation of the digital economy, protection of workers in the collaborative economy and labour law protection through global collective agreements. An overarching aim of our research is to show how law can function as a management tool for creating value in the company. We moreover engage in multi- and interdisciplinary research projects thanks to our collaborations within and outside the School of Economics and Management. Research in Business law contributes to society by focusing on legal issues that have a great impact on society at large.

For this reason, the Department of Business law initiated a joint cooperation centre with the Faculty of Law (ACLU – a centre for business law at Lund university) in order to stimulate research of high relevance to society. Presently, the society faces great challenges due inter alia to the digital transformation of the economy and enlarged use of artificial intelligence. The legal perspective, i.e. how the law is to be understood and ought to be reformed in the context of this new reality, is of great importance for decision-makers in economics and management.

www.lunduniversity.lu.se

The University of Gdańsk is a dynamically developing institution of higher education and the largest public higher education facility in the Pomeranian region. Its activities and operations have been financed mainly from public resources (including projects – about 300 a year). The University of Gdańsk boasts eleven faculties with almost thirty-three thousand students, doctoral students and post-graduates who are taught by one thousand seven hundred academic staff. The members of the academic staff of the University of Gdańsk conduct scientific and scholarly research on a world-class level, not only creatively expanding the borderlines of knowledge, but also serving all the Pomeranian region with their knowledge and experience, thus aiding its dynamic modern development. The University offers a broad spectrum of forms of education. Some of these are interdisciplinary, and several others can be undertaken in cooperation with other academic centers in Poland and abroad (including MOST and ERASMUS student exchanges). Our programmes are addressed to and designed for a wide range of potential students, irrespective of age, profession, place of residence, or previous education, in accordance with the principle of a lifelong learning. In such fields of study as Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Oceanography, Quantum Physics, Law and Economic Sciences, the University of Gdańsk proudly holds a reputation of one of the best institutions in Poland.

The Faculty of Law and Administration offers four fields of education: Law, Administration, Criminology, Taxes and Tax Consultancy, and also two fields of study in English language: European Business Administration, Doctoral (PhD) Studies in Law. The courses are run by a highly qualified faculty, including many practitioners – members of the bar and law corporations executives. The program includes bachelor studies pursued as full-time, extramural and evening studies, master studies pursued as full-time, extramural and part-time studies, as well as doctoral and post-graduate extramural studies. The organizational structure of the Faculty of Law and Administration consists of: sixteen departments, one laboratory and five divisions.

The Faculty of Law and Administration has developed comprehensive mutually beneficial cooperation with a range of foreign education and research centers. It is a member of ELFA – European Law Faculties Association, and it belongs to IALS – International Association of Law Schools.

ug.edu.pl

3 Social Rights Institutions

The European Social Observatory (OSE, Brussels) was founded in 1984 and is a leading centre for research, information and training specialised in the social dimension of the EU. It has a forward-looking approach and operates as a think-tank, identifying issues as they emerge. It has been a partner organization in several European Framework Programmes and is actively involved in some major networks of academic excellence in Europe and North America. It works closely with the Belgian and EU public authorities, as well as with trade unions and civil society organisations. Since 2017, the OSE is ranked among the top 100 social policy think-tanks worldwide (e.g., Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania – McGann (2017).

OSE main objectives are the following: produce independent and state-of-the-art critical analysis of the Europeanisation of employment and social policies; conduct research, formulate policy proposals and produce training toolkits; provide an ongoing platform for discussion for a wide range of EU and national stakeholders; widely disseminate the results of its research through its website, Newsletters, social media (Twitter, LinkedIn) as well as through a variety of publications (including the OSE Working Paper Series) and events (including the OSE Lunchtime Sessions).

OSE’s assets include: a multidisciplinary, multilingual and gender balanced team of researchers and analysts – bolstered by research associates and by regular research interns from all over Europe and North America; a variety of expertise in cross-cutting areas such as economic and monetary union and its impact on the social dimension of European integration, institutional issues and the EU’s social policy-making mechanisms (including the Open Method of Coordination, EU legislation, social dialogue and EU funding); the capacity to draw upon a broad-based network of public authorities, (academic and other) researchers,think-tanks, European and national trade unionists, social partner representatives and other social stakeholders; more than 20 years of expertise in organising conferences and seminars.

Eight OSE researchers cover the following policy areas: employment and labour markets (including the issue of work-life balance), digitalisation, restructuring and industrial changes, education and training, gender and diversity, institutional matters, healthcare, poverty and social exclusion, social dialogue, and welfare systems and pensions. All OSE activities are overseen by the Board of Directors, while the Scientific Advisory Board, composed of internationally renowned scholars, provides regular feedback on OSE’s scientific output.

www.ose.be

Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB) is a research centre and a cultural institution working in the field of social policies, namely inclusion and anti-discrimination, employment and labour policies.

The Fondazione G. Brodolini was created in 1971 in order to carry on the cultural and social initiative of former Minister of Labour Giacomo Brodolini. With over forty years of experience, FGB has developed broad capacities in research and services at national and EU level, following a rigorous scientific and interdisciplinary approach. In particular, FGB works on policies at all levels: local, regional, national, European and international. FGB has considerable experience in managing projects and services on behalf of the EU Institutions as well as of national and regional agencies and bodies. During the past four years, FGB has been part of the FRANET, The European Fundamental Rights Agency Network of Experts, in charge of performing research services for Italy; FGB has also implemented various projects both on behalf of, and receiving funding from, the European Commission, the EU Parliament, Eurofound, EIGE and other EU Institutions.

In the last decade, FGB has reinforced its national and European dimensions by opening new premises.

The headquarters are located in Rome, but FGB has offices in Milan, Turin and Brussels, which enables the research staff to have a direct and personal relation with both European institutions and other international agents.

In particular, FGB works on policies at all levels: local, regional, national, European and international.

Interpreting the complexities of social policies means coping continuous changes: immigration, gender issues, population ageing, lack of job security and development are among the most relevant topics.

In order to carry out complex, multi-country projects requiring detailed knowledge of specific national policy contexts, FGB can also rely on the collaboration and expertise of an extensive network of partners and experts.

In 2009 FGB launched an online magazine www.ingenere.it, the first of its kind in Italy providing a link among society, experts and academia to foster the public debate on economics and society from a gender perspective, as well as supporting policy makers with accessible data, policy proposals and good practices.

These activities have brought FGB to the forefront of European debates as well as those of academic and applied research in the fields of social policies and fundamental rights.

www.fondazionebrodolini.it

EAPN is the largest European network of national, regional & local networks, involving anti-poverty NGOs, grassroot groups & European Organisations, active in the fight against poverty & social exclusion.

It was established in 1990 out of the Commission’s Poverty 3 Programme – EAPN emerged from the Commission’s decision to sponsor the creation of a generic anti-poverty network.

EAPN is a network of 31 national networks & 13 European organisations, all involved in activities aimed at combating poverty & social exclusion. EAPN aims to put the fight against poverty high on the EU agenda & to ensure EU level cooperation to eradicate poverty & social exclusion. Our work is led by our members.

EAPN has consultative status with the Council of Europe & is a founding member of the European Social Platform. EAPN coordinates the European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) that works towards the progressive realisation of adequate & accessible minimum income schemes in EU Member States.

EAPN has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of participation, minimum income schemes, European social policy, combatting poverty and social exclusion, employment and the labour market, child poverty, poverty and health, energy poverty, in work poverty, and European structural funds. For more information about EAPN, see www.eapn.eu

EAPN has worked extensively on in-work poverty in recent years, with notable work including:

  • The development of the EU Inclusion Strategy (OMC on Social Protection and Social Inclusion) and the development of the EU Programme to support this strategy (PROGRESS/EASI).
  • The adoption of an EU Recommendation on Active Inclusion (Adequacy of Income, Access to Services, Support for access to employment).
  • The adoption of the Partnership Principle in Structural Funds and the follow up of the implementation of this principle.
  • The increased direct participation of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion as recognised by the processes associated to the annual European Meetings of People Experiencing Poverty.
  • The designation of 2010 as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
  • The adoption of a European headline target to reduce poverty in the Europe 2020 Strategy.
  • The ring fencing of 20% of the ESF funding for social Inclusion
  • The adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights

 

Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Bea Cantillon

Director of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp

Prof. David Natali

Dirpolis Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna – Pisa, which conducts innovative research in the field of law, economy and social sciences)

Prof. Wiemer Salverda

Professor of Labour Market and Inequality at the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (and Director Emeritus of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies at the University of Amsterdam)

Prof. Herwig Verschueren

Professor of International and European Social Law at the University of Antwerp

Stakeholders advisory board

The European Trade Union Confederation

CARITAS

The Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development

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