Paula Franklin

Senior Researcher


Paula Franklin started working at the ETUI in April 2020, and her current research focuses on health & safety and working conditions in the health and social care sector. Her main research fields over the years have been public health, gender equality, and employment and working conditions. She held a post-Doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship (2012-2015) at Durham University, UK; was awarded a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Surrey Roehampton, UK in 2006; concluded a Master’s degree in Adult Education at University of Helsinki, Finland and a Bachelor’s degree in Education Studies, at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Paula is a Member of the WHO Europe Scientific Advisory Board on Health Equity, and Honorary Researcher at Newcastle University Population Health Sciences Unit, UK.

Areas of activity

Occupational health and safety, gender, health equity, working conditions, psychosocial risks

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Quality jobs as well as jabs

Policy implications Tackling precarious work is essential for a fair Covid‑19 recovery and healthier future of work. The Covid‑19 crisis is worsening existing inequalities in the world of work. The European Commission should embed the principle of equity into the country‑specific recommendations of the European Semester, with a view to allocating... Find out more

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Benchmarking Working Europe 2020

→ A virus is haunting Europe. And it could strike again. This year’s 20th anniversary issue of our flagship publication Benchmarking Working Europe brings to a growing audience of trade unionists, industrial relations specialists and policymakers a simple warning: beside SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the Covid-19... Find out more

Our failure to prevent known risks

Hazards from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, should be addressed in line with the EU Biological Agents Directive and by means of a strengthened centralised capacity of the European Union for the monitoring of and response to health emergencies. Mitigating and preventing the impact of the illness, Covid-19, should be done by classifying... Find out more