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Dr Erika Kispeter

Research interests

I am interested in how women and men's working lives are shaped by the labour market, work organisations and the welfare state, focussing especially on work-family policies and class inequalities. I use mixed methods in my research, ranging from case studies based on qualitative interviewing and participant observation to large-scale surveys.

Academic profile

I have a background in Gender Studies and joined IER in September 2015. Prior to this I worked at the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities at the University of Leeds and as a doctoral researcher at the Central European University in Budapest. I have been involved in projects focusing on:

  • The role of gendered discourses and practices in eliciting workers’ commitment to the organisation (Central European University);
  • The impact of local welfare systems on women's labour force participation and social cohesion (EU, Seventh Framework Programme);
  • The labour market effects of the extended parental leave in Hungary (Hungarian Science Research Fund);
  • The quality of gender equality policies in a comparative European perspective (EU, Sixth Framework Programme).

Currrent and recent projects

  • One by one: building the digital literacies of UK museums. With Erika Kispeter. Funded by AHRC. Project Start Date: 01/09/2017 - Project End Date: 29/02/2020 [details]
  • Evaluation of an employer-led joint investment strategy. With Sally-Anne Barnes. Funded by CITB. Project Start date: 01/05/2014 - Project End date: 30/04/2017). [details] 
  • The state of sexism in UK schools. With Clare Lyonette and Gaby Atfield. Funded by UK Feminista. Project Start date: 23/03/2016 - Project End date: 13/01/2017 [details]
  • The changing nature and role of vocational education and training in Europe. With Nicholas Sofroniou, Lynn Gambin and Alan Brown. Funded by CEDEFOP. Project Start date: 18/02/15 - Project End Date: 17/12/18 [details]

All projects

Selected publications

  • Green, A E, Kispeter, E, Sissons, P and Froy, F (2017) How international cities lead an inclusive growth agendas, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Adamson, M and Kispeter, E (2016) ‘Gender and professional work in Hungary and the USSR: similarities, differences and continuities’, in Baker, C (ed.) Gender in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, for the Palgrave Macmillan ‘Gender and History’ series.
  • Kispeter, E and Yeandle, S (2015) ‘Local welfare policies in a period of rapid change in Leeds – Centralised governance’ in Kutsar, D and Kuronen, M (eds.) Local Welfare Policy Making in European Cities, Heidelberg and London: Springer.
  • Fodor, E and Kispeter, E (2014) ‘Making the ‘reserve army’ invisible: Lengthy parental leave and women’s economic marginalisation in Hungary’, European Journal of Women’s Studies, 21(4), pp. 382-398.
  • Kampichler, M and Kispeter, E (2014) 'Public maternalism in the Czech Republic and Hungary: work family policies in two post-socialist welfare states', The sociological issues aspects of Central Europe
All publications


  • Jean Monnet Grant awarded by the European Commission (2012)

Other information

Prior to my post-graduate studies I worked for a women's rights organisation in Hungary.




Kispeter, Erika

Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76 524477
Fax: +44(0)24 76 524241

E dot Kispeter at warwick dot ac dot uk