Isabelle Ferreras



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Isabelle Ferreras is a senior tenured fellow (Maître de recherches) of the Belgian National Science Foundation (F.N.R.S., Brussels). She is professor of sociology at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) where she teaches at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, at the Institut des sciences du travail and at the Economics School of Louvain. Isabelle is involved as a permanent researcher of the CriDIS (Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires Democracy, Institutions, Subjectivity). Since 2004, she has been an associate of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA) where she is now a Senior Research Associate. In the Spring 2017, Ferreras was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts of Belgium (Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique), Class Technology and Society. For the years 2021-2022, Isabelle Ferreras is Elected Director of the Class Technology and Society and President of the Royal Academy of Belgium.


Isabelle Ferreras holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Louvain (Doctorat, Louvain, 2004) and a master of science in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSc, M.I.T., Class of 2004). She is also an alumnus of the Harvard Trade Union Program (Certificate, Harvard University, Class of 2005).

Past Research and Teaching Positions

Outside Louvain where she has held a series of both scientific affiliations (CPDR 1998-2000, Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics  2001-ongoing, CriDIS 2005-ongoing) and teaching positions (Department of Political and Social Sciences, FOPES, Institut des Sciences du travail), Isabelle held research appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (visiting scholar 2000), the Department of Political Science at M.I.T. (visiting scholar 2003), the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard (Graduate Student Affiliate 2003-04, Affiliate 2004-05), the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany (research fellow 2006-07), and teaching appointments at Harvard university (teaching fellow at the College in the Core program, 2004) and the university of Bremen (DAAD visiting professor at the Bremen Graduate School of Social Sciences, 2007).

Since 2004, she has been an associate of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA) where she is now a Senior Research Associate.

Since 2005, Isabelle has been a member of the PayWizard / Wage Indicator Project, coordinating the PayWizard team in the United States (ongoing).

Scientific Societies

Isabelle Ferreras is involved in several scientific societies, among which the Royal Academy of Belgium, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (, and the Endicott Society.

Scientific Journals

Ferreras serves as a reviewer for a number of journals in the fields of labor relations, sociology, political theory, economic philosophy. Among which: Political Theory, International Labour Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, American Political Science Review, Review of Political Economy, Social Forces.

PhD Committees, Supervision, and Habilitation

Isabelle Ferreras has supervised several PhD and sit in different committees (Université Catholique de Louvain, Université Paris VIII, Université de Paris-Dauphine, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, CNAM, Sciences Po).