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.
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]
Desk-based research into engagement with the public sector equality duty by listed bodies in Wales; with David Owen and Tom Perry(Educations Studies); Funded by the EHRC; Project Duration: February - March 2022
- 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 - January 2023
- 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]
- Atfield, G., Baldauf, B and Kispeter, E. (2021) Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 Rapid evidence review; Education, childcare and social work and related social care workforce. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Elias, P., Purcell, K., Atfield, G., Kispeter, E., Day, R. and Poole, S. (2021) Ten Years On - the Futuretrack Graduates. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Purcell, K, Elias, P., Atfield, G. and Kispeter, E. (2021) What a difference a year makes: the impact of Covid 19 on graduate careers. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- 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 yearsLink opens in a new window?, London, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
- 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.
- 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.