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  • Opening of the research conference
Nicola Countouris
Nicola Countouris
Director of Research Department
ETUI
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  • Panel 1: Towards gender equality in unpaid care work
Towards gender equality in unpaid care work
B. Helfferich
Barbara Helfferich
Independent researcher & consultant
C.Vidal López
Carolina Vidal López
Confederal Secretary for Women, Equality and Working Conditions
CCOO
P. Franklin
Paula Franklin
Senior Researcher
ETUI
P.Panzeri
Paola Panzeri
EPSU
K. Arabadjieva
Kalina Arabadjieva
Researcher
ETUI
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  • Panel 2: Addressing a new constellation of inequalities in context of climate emergency
Addressing a new constellation of inequalities in context of climate emergency
Béla Galgóczi
Béla Galgóczi
Senior researcher
ETUI
A.M. Guillen
Ana Marta Guillén
Professor of sociology
University of Oviedo
M.Petmesidou
Maria Petmesidou
Professor emerita of social policy
Democritus University, Greece
M.Buchs
Milena Buchs
Associate Professor in Sustainability, Economics and Low Carbon Transitions
University of Leeds
P.Clarke
Penny Clarke
Deputy General Secretary
EPSU
Mehtap Akgüç
Mehtap Akgüç
Senior Researcher
ETUI
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  • Panel 3: Digitalisation and the flexible workforce: new labour market challenges
Digitalisation and the flexible workforce: new labour market challenges
Wouter Zwysen
Wouter Zwysen
Senior Researcher
ETUI
Agnieszka Piasna
Agnieszka Piasna
Senior Researcher
ETUI
B.Dedden
Birte Dedden
Director of the ICTS (information, communication and technology services) sector
UNI Europa, the European services worker union
U.Rani
Uma Rani
Senior Economist at the Research Department
International Labour Office (ILO)
P.Meil
Pamela Meil
Director, International Studies, Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Social Science Research, Munich
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  • Panel 4: Equality through trade union education and training
Equality through trade union education and training
E.Toth
Evelin Toth
Senior Programme Officer, Workers' Activities
ITC-ILO
A.Otaegui
Amaia Otaegui
ETUI network of trainers for women
Jone Robledo
Jone Robledo
Secretariat for Trade Union Training Processes and Social Policies
CCOO - Basque Country
P.Mejía González
Paula Mejía González
Education Officer
ETUI
Franklin Kimbimbi
Franklin Kimbimbi
Education Officer
ETUI
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  • Panel 5: The politics of (in)equality: the populist-right, the lefts and the unions
The politics of (in)equality: the populist-right, the lefts and the unions
T. Vlandas
Tim Vlandas
Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy
University of Oxford
BL Fabris
Bianca Luna Fabris
Researcher and Communication Officer
ETUI
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Philippe Pochet
General Director
ETUI
S.Häusermann
Silja Häusermann
Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Political Science
University of Zurich
G.Meardi
Guglielmo Meardi
Professor of Sociology of Work and Economy
Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence
Networking tea break
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  • Panel 6: Unequal protection against occupational risks
Unequal protection against occupational risks
T. Musu
Tony Musu
Senior Researcher
ETUI
E.Somaglia
Enrico Somaglia
Deputy Secretary General
European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Unions
S.Matthieu
Sara Matthieu
MEP Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
European Parliament
A.Cefaliello
Aude Cefaliello
Researcher
ETUI
I.Ossieur
Isaline Ossieur
Junior Adviser in the Social Affairs department
BusinessEurope
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  • Panel 7: Does the stock market drive inequality?
Does the stock market drive inequality?
A.Palinska
Aleksandra Palinska
Senior Research and Advocacy officer
Finance Watch
S.Vitols
Sigurt Vitols
Associate Researcher
ETUI
Stan De Spiegelaere
Stan De Spiegelaere
Director of Policy and Research
UNI Europa
L. Palladino
Lenore Palladino
Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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  • Panel 8: Increasing wage gaps between firms: impact on inequality
Increasing wage gaps between firms: impact on inequality
Wouter Zwysen
Wouter Zwysen
Senior Researcher
ETUI
S. Avram
Silvia Avram
Senior Research Fellow
University of Essex
A. Hijzen
Alexander Hijzen
Senior Economist
OECD
A.S. Hermansen
Are Skeie Hermansen
Associate Professor
University of Oslo
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  • Panel 9: EU socio-economic governance for equal society in times of crisis
EU socio-economic governance for equal society in times of crisis
S.Conze
Susanne Conze
Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC)
European Commission
S.Rainone
Silvia Rainone
Researcher
ETUI
Z.Rasnaca
Zane Rasnača
Senior Researcher
ETUI
Vivian Schmidt
Vivien Ann Schmidt
Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration
Boston University
Z.Darvas
Zsolt Darvas
Senior Research Fellow
Corvinus University of Budapest
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  • Panel 10: From just transition to global climate justice
From just transition to global climate justice
Isadora Cardoso
Isadora Cardoso Vasconcelos
Fellow
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
B. Ohdedar
Birsha Ohdedar
Lecturer in Climate Change and Environmental Law
SOAS
S. Banerjee
Srestha Banerjee
Director, Just Transition
International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST), India
S. Smith
Samantha Smith
Director of the Just Transition Centre
ITUC
Francis Dara
General Secretary
Koyla Shramik Sabha (HMS)
W.De Backer
Willy De Backer
Editor Green New Deal newsletter
ETUI
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  • Wrap-up first day
Jacki Davis
Jacki Davis
Professional moderator
BL Fabris
Bianca Luna Fabris
Researcher and Communication Officer
ETUI
K. Arabadjieva
Kalina Arabadjieva
Researcher
ETUI
Agnieszka Piasna
Agnieszka Piasna
Senior Researcher
ETUI
A.Cefaliello
Aude Cefaliello
Researcher
ETUI
S.Vitols
Sigurt Vitols
Associate Researcher
ETUI
Wouter Zwysen
Wouter Zwysen
Senior Researcher
ETUI
S.Rainone
Silvia Rainone
Researcher
ETUI
Béla Galgóczi
Béla Galgóczi
Senior researcher
ETUI
Franklin Kimbimbi
Franklin Kimbimbi
Education Officer
ETUI
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  • Reception
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About the event

Location: Thon Hôtel EU - Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat 75, 1040 Brussels
Interpretation: English, French, Spanish (only for some of the sessions, for more information click on the Information button next to the session)

Hashtag: #4Equality

A great paradox of our times is that while there is a general consensus that growing inequalities are threatening social, economic and human development, there appears to be little collective reflection on what actions should be taken in order to redress this state of affairs. Inequality is not an accident of history but the product of a series of ideologically embedded, yet ultimately political, choices about the way our economies and societies generate and allocate resources and opportunities.  

The 2022 ETUI-ETUC joint conference will seek to trigger such a process of reflection and debate. The discourse surrounding inequality must now move beyond the important task of mapping out, measuring, and ascertaining the many facets and precise nature of this multidimensional and complex problem, and embark onto the more normative quest of imagining and defining a more equal society. 

Ultimately, the profound distributional questions that underpin this quest must be subject to public deliberation and democratic decision-making. But to ensure that this process is genuinely participative and transformative, a space needs to be created for the exploration of egalitarian ideas and principles, and of the role of policies and institutions, to assist and bolster the debate.

The case against inequality has already been strongly articulated. Now is the time to explore what real equality should look like. 

This conference will take place in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has generated new inequalities while exacerbating pre-existing ones. It has also illustrated that inequalities make societies less resilient in the face of unexpected crises and rapid changes. Furthermore, in our efforts to deal with climate change, which is a crisis demanding swift action, inequalities are unsurprisingly emerging as one of our most exposed Achilles’ heels. 

The 2021 issue of the ETUI’s Benchmarking Working Europe report reviewed the many dimensions of the inequality problem in Europe. It argued that inequality is not just incidental to a particular crisis, but a structural problem created by an economic model that, for the past three decades, has progressively redistributed less and less wealth to the bottom percentiles of society while accumulating more and more at the top. Finally, it made the first steps towards identifying a range of policy actions that, with the necessary political will, could help to tackle inequalities.  

This conference will seek to further develop this enquiry, by exploring in greater depth both the effects and the root causes of inequality, and by identifying in greater detail the policies and institutions that have the power to render our societies more fair, resilient, sustainable, and equal. 

The keynote speaker at this conference, the renowned economist of inequality Thomas Piketty, will take us on a trip through history, demonstrating that human society has in fact been moving fairly consistently toward greater equality (see here his very recent book A Brief History of Equality). 

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Alternatives Economiques: For 40 years, this independent magazine has been producing economic, social and environmental news. It is the second most read economic monthly in France, with 665,000 readers per issue. Distributed on news-stands and by subscription, its coverage is well-sourced and educational.

Alternativas economicas: Inspired by the French publication Alternatives Economiques, and, like it, is a work cooperative, Alternativas Económicas is a Spanish journalistic project born in 2013. Based in Barcelona, ‘AlterEco’ seeks to explain economic events in an understandable way and has no links with economic and political powers.

euobserver: A non-profit, independent, influential and investigative EU news publication based in Brussels. euobserver will be offering a discount to conference participants, which can be accessed with the code PARTNER50.

Green European Journal: An online and print political ecology magazine dedicated to analysis, debate and new ideas. In times of social and ecological crisis, attacks on democracy, and rapid technological change, the GEJ helps ideas travel across cultural and political borders, building solidarity and understanding.

Social Europe: The mission of Social Europe is to strengthen democracy by finding and discussing solutions to the most pressing political, economic and social issues of our time. The values of freedom, sustainability and equality form the foundation of this online publication’s examination of society’s most pressing challenges.

Voxeurop: An independent media outlet for a European audience, covering cross-border stories and topics from a continental perspective in up to ten languages. Voxeurop is a co-founding member of the European Data Journalism Network and a member of Eurozine. 
 

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Philippe Pochet
General Director
ETUI
Luca Visentini - ETUC
Luca Visentini
General Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Marie-Hélène Ska
Marie-Hélène Ska
General Secretary
Belgian Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (CSC/ACV)
Ludovic Voet
Ludovic Voet
Confederal Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Nicola Countouris
Nicola Countouris
Director of Research Department
ETUI
Isabelle Schömann
Isabelle Schömann
Confederal Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Esther Lynch
Esther Lynch
Deputy General Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Jacki Davis
Jacki Davis
Professional moderator
Thomas Piketty
Thomas Piketty
Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics Co-director, World Inequality Lab & World Inequality Database
Philippe Lamberts
Philippe Lamberts
MEP, Co-president
The Greens/European Free Alliance
Sandra Fredman
Sandra Fredman
Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA
Oxford University
Eloi Laurent
Eloi Laurent
Professor
Sciences Po, Paris and Stanford University
C.Scheele
Carlien Scheele
Director
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
E.Pozzan
Emanuela Pozzan
Senior Specialist, Gender Equality
ILO Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch
Claes-Mikael Ståhl
Claes-Mikael Ståhl
Deputy General Secretary
ETUC
Liina Carr
Liina Carr
Confederal Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
B. Helfferich
Barbara Helfferich
Independent researcher & consultant
C.Vidal López
Carolina Vidal López
Confederal Secretary for Women, Equality and Working Conditions
CCOO
P.Panzeri
Paola Panzeri
EPSU
K. Arabadjieva
Kalina Arabadjieva
Researcher
ETUI
Béla Galgóczi
Béla Galgóczi
Senior researcher
ETUI
M.Buchs
Milena Buchs
Associate Professor in Sustainability, Economics and Low Carbon Transitions
University of Leeds
M.Petmesidou
Maria Petmesidou
Professor emerita of social policy
Democritus University, Greece
A.M. Guillen
Ana Marta Guillén
Professor of sociology
University of Oviedo
P.Clarke
Penny Clarke
Deputy General Secretary
EPSU
U.Rani
Uma Rani
Senior Economist at the Research Department
International Labour Office (ILO)
Agnieszka Piasna
Agnieszka Piasna
Senior Researcher
ETUI
Wouter Zwysen
Wouter Zwysen
Senior Researcher
ETUI
P.Meil
Pamela Meil
Director, International Studies, Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Social Science Research, Munich
B.Dedden
Birte Dedden
Director of the ICTS (information, communication and technology services) sector
UNI Europa, the European services worker union
Jone Robledo
Jone Robledo
Secretariat for Trade Union Training Processes and Social Policies
CCOO - Basque Country
A.Otaegui
Amaia Otaegui
ETUI network of trainers for women
E.Toth
Evelin Toth
Senior Programme Officer, Workers' Activities
ITC-ILO
T. Vlandas
Tim Vlandas
Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy
University of Oxford
S.Häusermann
Silja Häusermann
Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Political Science
University of Zurich
T. Musu
Tony Musu
Senior Researcher
ETUI
S.Matthieu
Sara Matthieu
MEP Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
European Parliament
E.Somaglia
Enrico Somaglia
Deputy Secretary General
European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Unions
A.Cefaliello
Aude Cefaliello
Researcher
ETUI
A.Palinska
Aleksandra Palinska
Senior Research and Advocacy officer
Finance Watch
S.Vitols
Sigurt Vitols
Associate Researcher
ETUI
A. Hijzen
Alexander Hijzen
Senior Economist
OECD
A.S. Hermansen
Are Skeie Hermansen
Associate Professor
University of Oslo
S. Avram
Silvia Avram
Senior Research Fellow
University of Essex
Z.Rasnaca
Zane Rasnača
Senior Researcher
ETUI
S.Conze
Susanne Conze
Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC)
European Commission
S.Rainone
Silvia Rainone
Researcher
ETUI
C.Fontan
Clément Fontan
Professor of European Economic Policy
UcLouvain and University of Saint-Louis Brussels
S.Jourdan
Stanislas Jourdan
Executive Director
Positive Money Europe
S.Theodoropoulou
Sotiria Theodoropoulou
Head of unit European economic, employment and social policies / Senior Researcher
ETUI
D. Clegg
Daniel Clegg
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
University of Edinburgh
I. Madama
Ilaria Madama
Associate Professor
Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano
S. Marchal
Sarah Marchal
Researcher
University of Antwerp
BL Fabris
Bianca Luna Fabris
Researcher and Communication Officer
ETUI
S.L. Hernandez
Sara Lafuente Hernandez
Researcher
ETUI
A. Akkerman
Agnes Akkerman
Professor of Regulation of Labour
University of Amsterdam
A. Cumbers
Andrew Cumbers
Professor in Regional Political Economy
University of Glasgow
Isadora Cardoso
Isadora Cardoso Vasconcelos
Fellow
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
B. Ohdedar
Birsha Ohdedar
Lecturer in Climate Change and Environmental Law
SOAS
A.Bassi
Andrea Bassi
Associate Professor of Sociology
Bologna University
I. Ferreras
Isabelle Ferreras
Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences and at the School of Economics
UCLouvain
Stan De Spiegelaere
Stan De Spiegelaere
Director of Policy and Research
UNI Europa
H. Sultan-Taieb
Hélène Sultan-Taïeb
Professor
Université du Québec à Montréal
N.Dragano
Nico Dragano
Professor
Institute of Medical Sociology, University of Düsseldorf
M. Koivusalo
Meri Koivusalo
Professor, Global Health and Development
Tampere University
A.Reeves
Aaron Reeves
Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation
Oxford University
P. Franklin
Paula Franklin
Senior Researcher
ETUI
S. Tumen
Semih Tumen
Professor of Economics
TED University
Y. Kosyakova
Yuliya Kosyakova
post-doctoral senior researcher
Migration and International Labour Studies Department in the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
L.Mulaisi
Lebogang Mulaisi
Head of Policy Unit
Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
K.Rabahi
Kahina Rabahi
Policy and Advocacy coordinator
European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)
Mehtap Akgüç
Mehtap Akgüç
Senior Researcher
ETUI
Oliver Roethig
Oliver Roethig
Regional Secretary
UNI Europa
G.Meardi
Guglielmo Meardi
Professor of Sociology of Work and Economy
Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence
S. Banerjee
Srestha Banerjee
Director, Just Transition
International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST), India
S. Smith
Samantha Smith
Director of the Just Transition Centre
ITUC
Vivian Schmidt
Vivien Ann Schmidt
Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration
Boston University
S. Hayter
Susan Hayter
Senior Labour Relations Specialist
ILO
Nicolas Schmit
Nicolas Schmit
Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
European Commission
Z.Darvas
Zsolt Darvas
Senior Research Fellow
Corvinus University of Budapest
Y.Gil
Yolanda Gil Alonso
President of the Youth Committee of the ETUC
Sharan Burrow
Sharan Burrow
General Secretary
International Trade Union Confederation
Francis Dara
General Secretary
Koyla Shramik Sabha (HMS)
Franklin Kimbimbi
Franklin Kimbimbi
Education Officer
ETUI
P.Mejía González
Paula Mejía González
Education Officer
ETUI
W.De Backer
Willy De Backer
Editor Green New Deal newsletter
ETUI
E.Regner
Evelyn Regner
Vice-President
European Parliament
Kate Raworth
Kate Raworth
creator of the ‘doughnut of social and planetary boundaries’, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab
I.Ossieur
Isaline Ossieur
Junior Adviser in the Social Affairs department
BusinessEurope
S. Könings
Sebastian Königs
Senior Economist - Inequalities
OECD
Jan Willem Goudriaan
Jan Willem Goudriaan
General Secretary
EPSU
S.Carta
Silvia Carta
Policy Analyst
European Policy Centre
M.Meyer
Marcus Meyer
Senior Researcher
ETUI
H.Koller
Heinz Koller
Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
ILO
L. Palladino
Lenore Palladino
Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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