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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).

Currrent and recent projects

  • Identification of factors affecting successful outcomes in the DDU-GKY Indian skills programme for unemployed young people. 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]
  • Degrees of Advantage? A longer-term investigation of the careers of UK graduates. With Kate Purcell, Peter Elias, Wil Hunt and Gaby Atfield. Funded by: Nuffield Foundation. Project Start Date: 01/04/2018 - Project End Date: 30/09/2019 [details]
  • Barriers to military spousal employment research project. With Clare Lyonette and Sally-Anne Barnes. Funded by Army Families Federation. Project Start Date: 08/11/2017 - Project End Date: 07/11/2018 [details]
  • Non-compliance and the National Living Wage. With Guglielmo Meardi (Warwick Business School), Monder Ram and Paul Edwards (Birmingham Business School). Funded by the Low Pay Commission.
  • Management of mental health in the workplace. With Sally Wright. Funded by ACAS. Project Start Date: 02/03/2017 - 31/03/2017 [details]
  • The state of sexism in UK schools. With Clare Lyonette and Gaby Atfield. Funded by UK Feminista. Project Start date: 23/03/2016 - Project End date: 13/01/2017 [details]

All projects

Selected publications

  • Green, A., Owen, D., Atfield, G., Baldauf, B., Bramley, G. and Kispeter, E. (2020). Employer decision-making around skill shortages, employee shortages and migration: Literature Review. Birmingham and Coventry: City-REDI, University of Birmingham, and Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
  • Kispeter, E. (2019) What digital skills do adults need to succeed in the workplace now and in the next 10 years?, London, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Bailey, D, Driffield, N and Kispeter, E (2019) Brexit, foreign investment and employment: some implications for industrial policy? Contemporary Social Science. DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2019.1566563.
  • Alden, S, Kispeter, E, Wigfield, A and Karania, V (2019) Changing the narrative: The role of frontline worker attitudes and beliefs in shaping dementia-friendly services in England. Disability and Society. DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1576506.
  • Kispeter, E (2018) The economic crisis and women’s part-time work in Hungary, in English, B Frederickson, M E and Sanmiguel-Valderrama, O (eds.) Global Women's Work: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy, Routledge.
  • Kispeter, E (2018) Defining engagement and its link to productivity. What does the HRM literature tell us? SOTA Review No 13. University of Warwick, Enterprise Research Centre.
  • Adamson, M and Kispeter, E (2016) ‘Gender and professional work in Hungary and the USSR: similarities, differences and continuities’, in Baker, C (ed.) Gender in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, for the Palgrave Macmillan ‘Gender and History’ series.
  • Fodor, E and Kispeter, E (2014) Making the ‘reserve army’ invisible: Lengthy parental leave and women’s economic marginalisation in Hungary, European Journal of Women’s Studies, 21(4), pp. 382-398.
All publications

Teaching in 2020 -21

Warwick Business School - Undergraduate:

  • IB3620 Managing Human Resources
  • IB2C40 Managing Human Resources
  • IB1380 Management, Organisations and Society


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