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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

  • Heritage sector workforce diversity research; with David Owen, Rosie Day and Stefanie Poole; Funded by Historic England; Project Duration: September 2021 - November 2021
  • 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]
  • 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

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