Isabelle Ferreras



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Isabelle Ferreras is a tenured fellow (Checheur qualifié) of the Belgian National Science Foundation (F.N.R.S., Brussels). She is a 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.


Isabelle Ferreras is a PhD sociologist (Doctorat, Louvain, 2004) and a political scientist (MSc, M.I.T., Class of 2004). She is also an alumnus of the Harvard Trade Union Program (Harvard University, Class of 2005).

Past & ongoing research and teaching appointments

Outside Louvain where she has held a series of both scientific affiliations (CPDR 1998-2000, Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics  2001-ongoing, LaGIS-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 2005, Isabelle has been a member of the PayWizard / Wage Indicator Project, coordinating the PayWizard team in the United States (ongoing).

Scientific societies

Between 2007 and 2013, Isabelle Ferreras is involved as a Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) network organizer for the network K Law and the Social Sciences with Katherine Stone (UCLA) and Alvaro Santos (Georgetown University). In June 2012, she was elected to the Executive Council for a 3 year term.

Scientific journals

Editorial Board Member, SOCIAL FORCES (Oxford U.P.)

Scientific conferences and seminars

Since 2000, Isabelle Ferreras has been invited to discuss her work in conferences, seminars and workshop at various scientific institutions : Université libre de Bruxelles, Université de Liège, Université de Mons-Hainaut, Université de Paris-Dauphine, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Sciences-Po-Paris, Université de Paris-Nanterre, Collège des Bernardins, Universität Bremen, Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Wissenschaftskolleg-Berlin, Yale University, Harvard University, Université de Montréal, Université de Québec à Montréal, etc.

PhD supervision at Louvain

  • Priscilla Claeys, « Claiming Rights and Reclaiming Control. The Creation of New Human Rights by the Transnational Agrarian Movement Via Campesina and the Transformations of the Right to Food ». Co-chair with Prof. Olivier De Schutter. Defended on February 19, 2013.
  • Emeline De Bouver (Bernheim Fellow) on emerging forms of militantism (« La Responsabilité Sociale de l’Individu dans la vie économique: le cas des nouvelles pratiques de consommation et de management »). Co-chair with Prof. Christian Arnsperger. Under Progress
  • Nicolás Orellana Águila, « Changement social en Argentine et au Chili. Conflits et place des mouvements sociaux ». Bernard Francq (chair), Committee members : Isabelle Ferreras (UCLouvain-CriDIS), Danilo Martuccelli (CERLIS Paris-Descartes). Under Progress