Isabelle Ferreras




PhD in Sociology, University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium), 2004

Master of Science in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T., U.S.A.),2004 (GPA: 5.0/5.0)

Harvard Trade Union Program Certificate, Class of 2005, Harvard Law School, Harvard University


Current position:

Senior Tenured Fellow (Maître de recherches) of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research FNRS (Brussels, Belgium), Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences and at the School of Economics, University of Louvain, Permanent Senior Member of CriDIS/IACCHOS Institute/UCLouvain, Senior Research Associate of the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, Harvard University,

President of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fines Arts of Belgium (Class Technology and Society, Director 2021-2022, elected member in 2017)

Past appointments:

Guest Professor, DAAD Chair for International Comparative Studies, Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bremen (Germany) and Fellow, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK)/Institute for Advanced Studies (Delmenhorst, Germany). Doctoral and post-doctoral Researcher (2000-2007): National Fund for Scientific Research, Brussels; Wertheim Fellow, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, Harvard University; Affiliate, the Gunzburg Center for European Studies Harvard University; Graduate student affiliate, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA; Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Research Fellow, European Union Center and Industrial Relations Research Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; Research Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Law, Law School, Université catholique de Louvain.

Areas of specialization

Sociology (Sociology of Work, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Industrial Relations, Sociology of the Firm, Sociology of Labor Law, Critical Theory, Social Theory), Political theory (Democratic Theory), Political theory of the firm


Firms as Political Entities. Saving Democracy through Economic Bicameralism (Cambridge University Press, 2017, paperback 2018), Gouverner le capitalisme ?Pour le bicamérisme économique (Presses universitaires de France, 2012), Critique politique du travail (Presses de Sciences Po, Paris, 2007) ;

Co-authored: with Battilana J., Méda D., Le Manifeste Travail. Démocratiser, démarchandiser, dépolluer (Le Seuil, Paris, 2020), forthcoming as Democratize Work. The Case for Reorganizing the Economy, The University of Chicago Press, (Spring 2022);

book chapters at Cambridge University Press, Beacon Press, Routledge, Hermann, Armand Colin, a.o.;

scientific papers in Political Theory, Organization Theory, Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques, Raisons pratiques, Cahiers de droit de l’entreprise, International Journal of Manpower, Concepts and Methods, a.o.


2021-22: Holder of the Chaire internationale Henri Janne in Sociology, Université libre de Bruxelles

Since 2021-22: University Paris-Dauphine PLS, Graduate Seminar in the Strategy and Organizations Masters Programme

Since 2019: Harvard Law School, Trade Union annual Program;

Since Fall 2007: University of Louvain (Economics School of Louvain, Department of Political and Social Sciences), Associate Professor, then Professor;

Spring-Summer 2007: Bremen University, Germany, Guest DAAD Professor;

Fall 2004: Harvard University,Harvard College, Teaching Fellow