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French members

Full members

Address :
16, Bd du Mont d'Est
93192 Noisy-le-Grand Cedex (Paris)
Contact :
Frédéric Lerais
+33 1 48 15 18 92

Short Description


Télécharger la présentation de l'IRES / Download the IRES presentation 

IRES was jointly founded in 1982 by all French national trade unions with the support of the government to meet the economic and social research needs of trade unions. The CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT-FO and UNSA Education have been managing it together since then. The Institute is a non-profit association. Its board of directors is made up of nine trade union representatives, nine academics and four representatives of the prime minister. IRES is financed by a state subsidy and by research contacts. To fulfil its mission, IRES engages in two types of activities:

- IRES runs a research and documentation centre employing about thirty people, including researchers, librarians and administrative personnel (about twenty researchers and affiliated researchers, half of them are economists, the other half are political and social scientists). The centre follows a middle-term research programme that is approved by the board and is split every year in an activity report and work programme.

- IRES is the framework for the studies and research projects of the trade union organisations involved in IRES. After being approved by the board, these projects are financed by IRES and carried out by research teams chosen by each of the organisations. Those works are referred to as Agence d'Objectifs. Their results are made available to all the unions. For all other interested it is possible to obtain a copy from the organisation that has carried out the study.

Areas of expertise and competencies

The Institute’s research team is made of four permanent working groups that have carried out and run comparative studies, alone or in partnership with institutes. The staff is composed primarily of economists, political scientists or sociologists. In the Orientation Scientifique à Moyen Terme de l’Ires (‘Ires Medium-Term Research Programme’):


  • The Industrial Relations Groupmonitors and analyses developments in industrial relations, the representation of both employees and employers, and bargaining, particularly from a comparative international perspective. Out of this reflection on the social scope of industrial relations, emerges a questioning of the existential nature of the role of the social actors in ‘industrial relations dialogue’.
  • The Employment Group carries out studieson the various segments of the labour market and on employment policies. The aim is to understand more fully how, through the differential treatment meted out to different categories of people on the labour market, new employment norms develop, contributing to the global transformation of the labour market, and its insertion into a macro-economic pattern of change subject to the constraints of globalisation.
  • The Labour Groupstudies the transformations in labour. In addition to company human resource strategies and the reality of labour, which are subjects examined by the IRES, it also performs analyses on working conditions or forming an activity. The working group’s concerns bear on the issues linked to the transformations of the labour market and employment norms, and also on subordination at work.
  • The Income Group analyses the development of salaried incomes and social welfare. These lines of research generate various complementary reflections into which the Institute plans to carry out investigations and research, e.g. the interaction between employment and social welfare.

The subjects addressed are so transversal and multi-disciplinary in nature that in order for the most detailed and exhaustive overview possible to be produced, the Ires has instituted co-operation firstly, between its four permanent working groups, and secondly with researchers from teams outside the Ires.

Researchers and affiliated researchers

List by Group



The Industrial Relations Group

Kevin Guillas-Cavan

Marcus Kahmann

Cristina Nizzoli

Catherine Vincent

The Employment Group

Odile Chagny

Axel Magnant (Phd candidate)

Christèle Meilland

Catherine Sauviat

The Labour Group Solveig Grimault
The Income Group

Pierre Concialdi

Noélie Delahaie

Antoine Math

Ilias Naji (Phd candidate

Chercheur.e.s associé.e.s

Jeanne Fagnani

Anne Fretel

Jacques Freyssinet

Adelheid Hege

Michel Husson

Odile Join-Lambert

Annie Jolivet

Stéphane Jugnot

Yves Lochard

Jean-Marie Pernot

Udo Rehfeldt

Claude Serfati

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

For the current and future projects of the Institute, please visit the website:

The Ires has been working on several transversal projects, some of which led to seminars.

The Institute launched seminars and offers the public debate over the yearly Entretiens de l’Ires (Colloq) with Social Actors.

Publications, language, newsletter

IRES has regular publications:

1) La Revue de l'IRES is an academic journal which comes out three times a year since 1989. The authors of the articles in La Revue are IRES researchers as well as external experts. Once a year a special issue is published.

2) La Chronique Internationale de l'IRES has also been created in 1989. It is published every two months and covers developments abroad in industrial relations, labour policy and social policy. In addition, a special issue devoted to a specific theme is published every year.

Since 2018, these publications can be downloaded from Cairn:

3) La Lettre de l'IRES is the Institute's quarterly newsletter. It sums up work in progress, covers seminars and conferences that the Institute organises or participates in, and describes the publications of each of the labour union's research centres.

4) Les Eclairages de l’IRES, a series of articles, presenting for the debate a state of reflection on a research problem.

In addition to periodicals, IRES publishes Working papers, Reports for the scientific community, as well as books aimed at a wider audience.

All economic and social issues publishes its findings (also available from its website:

IRES has a documentation centre, which contains more 15,000 books and more 48,000 brochures.
The documentation Centre receives the principal trade-union publications.

The documentation centre has a data base on line:

Other networks the institute is participating in


Associated members

Address :
20, rue Martin Bernard
75647 Paris
Contact :
Antoine Rémond, Directeur adjoint
+33 (0)

Short Description


The Centre Etudes & Prospective, created in 2002, is the research centre of Groupe ALPHA - a consulting group specialised in social relations.

– It develops research issues of interest for Groupe ALPHA and its partners (especially Trade Unions).

– It contributes to the visibility of Groupe ALPHA with regard to the economic and social issues.

Areas of expertise and competencies

- Macroeconomic and sectoral perspectives of sustainable development.

- Public Policies and social dialogue on employment, work, skills and training.

- Corporate social responsibility.

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

- Permanent work on economic and social developments of the European crisis.

- Specific projects on public and private management of employment and skills, with French and European partners

Publications, language, newsletter

- a blog on economic and social issues:

- Quarterly newsletter : La lettre du CEP (in French) :

- A set of other publications (notes, reports, books), available on the website (in French, some in English):

Other networks the institute is participating in

Groupe Alpha participates in the chair “Sécurisation des parcours professionnels” (“Securing the professional paths”), which is an academic and research chair in the field of employment policies:

Address :
22 rue Pajol
75018 Paris
Contact :
Olivier Laviolette, Managing director
+ 33 1 44 79 13 64

Short Description


Syndex has been created more than 40 years ago.

Syndex consists of 400 consultants, specialists in the economic and social aspects of companies, who provide assistance to employee representatives and trade unions in France and in Europe. It places its expertise at the service of European Works councils, European trade union federations, sectoral social partner committees or European public institutions and employer/union institutions, to foster social dialogue and contribute to promoting a social Europe.

Syndex is predominantly based in France but has also subsidiaries in Poland, Rumania, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany (via Wilke, Maack and Partners Consult (WMP).

Syndex has a diversified service offering:


  • Training for unionists and employee representatives in national and European works councils;
  • Strategic, financial, social, environmental and organisational audits of companies and sectors;
  • Operational and integrated reflection on industrial, financial, organisational and social transformations and the challenges they raise for workers;
  • Surveys- actions to support events, contributions during symposia and conferences;
  • Translation of documents into all EU languages.

Syndex’ skills, in Europe is based on:


  • Top level consultants specialised in the various sectors;
  • A multidisciplinary approach based on a wide range of locations and a network of local experts;
  • Specialised library resources on European issues;
  • A translation section
  • A long experience of partnerships with worker representative bodies in France, Europe at the international level.

Areas of expertise and competencies

  • Strategic analysis
  • Accounting and financial diagnosis
  • Training
  • Social diagnosis
  • Health, Safety and Working conditions
  • Sustainable Development
  • Corporate Social Responsability

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

Publications, language, newsletter

Other networks the institute is participating in

  • Europe & Société
  • Astrées
  • Lasaire
  • Confrontations Europe