Isabelle Ferreras


Significant Research Networks

Ongoing (from May 2020 onwards): Co-leader of the Democratizing Work Network with Julie Battilana (Harvard Business School/Harvard Kennedy School) and Dominique Méda (University Paris-Dauphine PLS), including in the core group: Alyssa Battistoni (Harvard University), Adelle Blackett (McGill University), Julia Cagé (Sciences Po-Paris), Neera Chandhoke (University of Delhi), Lisa Herzog (University of Groningen), Imge Kaya Sabanci (IE Business School, Madrid), Sara Lafuente Hernandez (University of Brussels-ETUI), Hélène Landemore (Yale University), Flavia Maximo (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil), Dominique Méda (University of Paris Dauphine PLS), Pavlina R. Tcherneva (Bard College-OSUN-Levy Institute).

Coordinating initiatives linked to the op-ed Work: Democratize, decommodify, decarbonize ( with its 7000 signatories i.e. book writing, translations, seminars and science/society discussion forum like the first Global Forum on Democratizing Work organized online on October 5-7, 2021 with more than 3000 registered participants (funding from Harvard, Yale, Groningen, Louvain, Bard College).

Ongoing (from January 2017 onwards): Partner and head of university center affiliate (UCLouvain), in the global research collaborative partnership “CRIMT,” (Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires sur la mondialisation et le travail) based at the University of Montreal, focusing on institutional experimentation for better work. Drawing together a group of more than 120 researchers in the fields of industrial relations, political economy, labor law, and sociology from 17 leading university centers across the globe (including Ferreras’ own research center, CriDIS at UCLouvain) with Cornell, Cardiff, Bristol, Paris-Dauphine, McGill, Rutgers, Renmin University, etc. Partnership funded by a CAN $ 2.5 million grant from the Canadian government.

Ongoing (from January 2016 onwards): Founder of the Endicott team, transatlantic transdisciplinary research team working on studying the conditions of democratization of transnational firms. Meeting every month of January at the MIT Endicott house since 2016 (during non-covid years). Members: Robert Fannion (political economy and corporate law, Berkeley), Pierre François (sociology of markets, CNRS-Sciences Po, Paris), Paulin Ismard (history of antiquity, Paris-Sorbonne), Auriane Lamine (labor law, UCLouvain), Hélène Landemore (political theory, Yale), Liam McHugh-Russell (corporate finance and law, EUI, Florence), Benjamin McKean (political theory, Ohio State U.), Sanjay Pinto (industrial relations and political economy, Cornell), Miranda Richmond Mouillot (translator, editor). Manuscript under contract with Le Seuil, Paris.

Ongoing (from January 2005 onwards): Research partner, the Wage Indicator Foundation (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), University of Amsterdam (Kea Tijdens and Paulien Osse) through the US chapter at the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, co-directed by Richard Freeman

2002-2010: Member of the Research Project EUROCAP-CAPRIGHT coordinated by Prof. Robert Salais, Institutions and Historical Dynamics of Economics (IDHE), CNRS-Ecole nationale supérieure, Cachan (France), funded by the European Commission. Involved with Jean De Munck through two research projects (2 case studies of work restructuring at VW and Carrefour, and the organizing of two roundtables on Social and Civil Dialogue – 2007-2010).

2000-2001: Member of the Network coordinated by Prof. Robert Salais, Institutions and Historical Dynamics of Economics (IDHE), CNRS-Ecole nationale supérieure, Cachan (France), funded by the European Commission (GD 5 & GD 12), ‘Territory, Social dialogue and European actions for employment. The efficiency of the social dialogue through the analysis of its implementation’. Involved thanks to Jean De Munck.