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Dr Erika Kispeter

Research interests

I am interested in how women and men's working lives are shaped by the labour market, work organisations and the welfare state, focussing especially on work-family policies and class inequalities. I use mixed methods in my research, ranging from case studies based on qualitative interviewing and participant observation to large-scale surveys.

Academic profile

I have a background in Gender Studies and joined IER in September 2015. Prior to this I worked at the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities at the University of Leeds and as a doctoral researcher at the Central European University in Budapest. I was involved in projects investigating:

  • The role of gendered discourses and practices in eliciting workers’ commitment to the organisation (Central European University);
  • The impact of local welfare systems on women's labour force participation and social cohesion (EU, Seventh Framework Programme);
  • The labour market effects of the extended parental leave in Hungary (Hungarian Science Research Fund);
  • The quality of gender equality policies in a comparative European perspective (EU, Sixth Framework Programme).

Current and recent projects

  • BEYOND 4.0 - Inclusive Futures for Europe BEYOND the impacts of Industrie 4.0 and Digital Disruption. With Sally-Anne Barnes, Chris Warhurst, Sally Wright and Sudipa Sarkar (IER), Chris Mathieu (Lund University), and led by Steven Dhondt (TNO). Funded by European Commission. Project Start Date: 01/01/2019 - Project End Date: 30/06/2023 [details]

  • Educational Psychology services: Workforce insights and school perspectives on impact. with Gaby Atfield, Beate Baldauf, David Owen and Ecorys, Funded by the Department for Education, Project duration: February 2022 - August 2022
  • Mitigating impacts of Covid 19 on the workforce - rapid evidence reviewLink opens in a new window<...Link opens in a new window. Working with Gaby Atfield and Beate Baldauf; Funded by The Department for Education; Project duration: March 2021 - May 2021
  • Degrees of Advantage? A longer-term investigation of the careers of UK graduates. With Kate Purcell, Peter Elias and Gaby Atfield. Funded by: Nuffield Foundation. Project duration: April 2018 - September 2021 [details]
  • Creative Freelancer Business Models and Place based GrowthLink opens in a new window<Link opens in a new window. Working with Peter Dickinson, Beate Baldauf and Coventry University. Funded by NESTA. Project duration: February 2020 - December 2020
  • Identification of factors affecting successful outcomes in the DDU-GKY Indian skills programme for unemployed young people. Working with Clare Lyonette, Gaby Atfield and Beate Baldauf. Funded by ESRC. Project Start Date: 3/10/2018 - Project End Date: 02/10/2020 [details]
  • Public engagement research for the SPF UK Population Laboratory. With Peter Elias and Clare Lyonette. Funded by ESRC. Project Start Date: 01/11/2018 - Project End Date: 31/05/2020 [details]

All projects

Selected publications

All publications

Teaching in 2021 -22

Warwick Business School - Undergraduate:

  • IB2C40 Managing Human Resources


Jean Monnet Grant awarded by the European Commission (2012)

Other information

Prior to my post-graduate studies I worked for a women's rights organisation in Hungary.



Kispeter, Erika

Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76 524477

E dot Kispeter at warwick dot ac dot uk