Meet the team


Maurizo is Professor of Sociology of Migrations, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Social & Political Studies, University of Milan, via Conservatorio 7, 2012 Milano


Working towards her doctoral thesis, Zsuzsa researched in Southern Slovakia on the question of changing positions of ethnicity in multi-ethnic settings, focusing on educational choices of families with mixed ethnic background, also discussing the everyday manifestations and practices of ethnic hybridity. While affiliated to the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU as a research fellow, she studied acts of citizenship of asylum seekers in Hungary, studying the ways in which EU regulations are interpreted and re-interpreted at the national level, and applied at the various stages of individual refugee applications. In a recent research, Zsuzsa has researched on the material cultural aspects of migration, investigating the everyday material representations of transnationalism, multilocal and multifocal identities. She is also interested in East-West migration, new aspects of transnationalism and circulatory migration in and to the EU. Her most recent project involvement at CPS focuses on linguistic diversity in the industrial relations in Hungary.


Ingrid Artus holds a  professorship for comparative analysis of societies at Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg. She has been working as researcher at the University of Jena and Technical University Munich. Her main research interests are industrial relations, precarious work/working conditions, development and change of works councils, industrial relations and gender inequality. Development of Representation and Gender inequality in Eastern Asia. Furthermore she is editor of “The German Journal of Industrial Relations.


Sylvie Contrepois is a reader in European employment relations at London Metropolitan University and a member of the Centre de Recherche Sociologiques et Politiques – Equipe Culture et sociétés urbaines (CRESPPA-CSU). Her main area of expertise are industrial relations and collective identities. She worked on a number of comparative and European projects in these field over the last twenty years. Her research is at the cross road of sociology of work, social history, labour law and employment policies.

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John Eversley is a researcher and teacher in the fields of public policy, management and social history. His experience spans the voluntary sector and Director level posts in the NHS and local government. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities, teaching community development and research skills.

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Senior Professor at London Metropolitan University

John Gabriel has worked in a number of Universities in the UK as teacher, researcher and senior manager for over thirty years. He is currently Senior Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University. From 2010-15 John was Dean of Faculty and prior to that he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Head of Department. His teaching and research interests are in migration and politics, applied ethics, research methods and oral history and he has published widely in these fields. John has also held a number of voluntary positions, including Vice President of Wolverhampton Council for Community Relations, Chair of Hackney Borough Standards Committee and Independent Remuneration Panel and Board member of Toynbee Hall and Chair of its Governance Committee.

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Alex holds degrees in Translation and Interpreting, and a PhD in Sociolinguistics. He has worked as a translator, interpreter, and researcher in many countries. Before he joined London Metropolitan University in 2007, he worked in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking after the training of diplomatic staff, translators and interpreters. His major fields of research are language policy and planning, language change, interpreting and translation.  He is currently an elected CIUTI Council member with responsibilities for research.

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Pietro Manzella

PhD in Labour Relations at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Overseas researcher at Cornell University (USA) and London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). He has an interest in linguistic and translation issues, with special reference to comparative labour law and industrial relations. Further areas of research: corporate communication, a multidisciplinary area encompassing discourse analysis, applied linguistics, legal, economic and marketing discourse, terminology and translation studies and the analysis of corporate discourse in globalized markets, cross-cultural studies, labour law, industrial relations, corporate and marketing communication, law and language. Email:


Silvia is also adapt Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International & Comparative Studies “Marco Biagi,” University of Modena & Reggio Emilia

Ronald Staples

After academic training Ronald Staples has worked on a broad range of scientific questions, ranging from the Transnationalization of posted workers to the observation of job counselling interviews. He has gained a wealth of experience in the field of sociology of work, organizational sociology and qualitative methods. He has also taught courses on organizational theory, creativity of work and modes of cooperation. The findings of empirical research project he was involved are published in renowned academic journals and were presented at numerous scientific conferences. Since graduation he holds a researchers position at the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg and was researcher at the Nuremberg Institute of Employment research.


Rainer Trinczek holds a full professorship for Sociology at the Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg since 2008. Before he was Professor of Sociology at the Technical University Munich. His research interests include industrial relations at all relevant levels, new tendencies in working conditions (including work-life-balance issues) and organisational change. At present and besides Eurofound’s IRS (EU-level), he is working in projects on the non implementation of the European Works Council Directive in German multinational companies, on workplace industrial relation in companies without a works council, on social aspects of innovation processes, and on the methodology of case studies. Rainer Trinczek has broad experience of comparative research projects at European level. Currently he is also serving as dean of the faculty of arts and humanities at FAU.



Michael Whittall has spent the last two decades teaching and researching in the area of European industrial relations and the transnationalization of labour markets. In this period he has written widely on issues related to transnationalization such as labour solidarity, transnational company agreements, European employment legislation, European social dialogue, posted-workers, identity, employment regulation and representation. Currently he is appointed as reader at the Nottingham Trent University and Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg.


Viola is also a visiting professor at the Department of Public Policy and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the CEU. Her major fields of interest are in social inequalities and equality policies, European policy making, gender and ethnic justice, and post-socialist models of capitalism


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