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Maria Jepsen

Director of the Research Department
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Maria Jepsen holds a PhD in economics from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She is currently the Director of the research department at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and chargée de cours (associate professor) in labour economics at the ULB. Before joining the ETUI as a senior researcher in 2001, she worked as assistant professor and research fellow at the ULB from 1996-2001.

Maria Jepsen’s main research interest is in gender studies and comparative studies of the impact of welfare states on labour supply, wages and working conditions. In recent years she has also focused on the construction and development of social policy on the European level and how this interacts with the national settings.

Maria Jepsen is a member of the Belgian Central Council on the Economy (Conseil central de l’économie) and the Belgian Higher Level Council on Employment (Conseil supérieur pour l’Emploi). She is also a member of the Foresight Advisory Committee of Suez Environnement and a former member of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB), the Social Science and Humanities advisory committee at the European Commission DG Research, as well as of several expert groups on women in science and science and governance.


Danish, English, French

Main publications or courses
  • Transitional Labour Markets, from theory to policy application. Can transitional labour markets contribute to a less traditional gender division of labour? in collaboration” with J. Leschke, Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 2011.
  • The modernisation of Europe’s social agenda in a global perspective: ‘rebooting the social’, in A Europe of achievements in a changing world, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, pp. 73-86, 2009.
  • Quand la dimension de genre entrera-t-elle réellement en jeu? Travail, genre et société, no. 19, 2008.
  • Unwrapping the European Social Model (eds) M. Jepsen and A. Serrano Pascual, Bristol, Policy Press, 2006.
  • The European Social Model: an Exercise in Deconstruction in collaboration with A. Serrano Pascual, Journal of European Social Policy, 2005.

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