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The Academic Advisory Board for the Work, Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance research project comprises some of the most outstanding researchers on topics including labour markets, flexible working and employment policy.

Peter B. Berg

Peter BergProfessor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University

Peter Berg is a professor of employment relations at the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. His research interests include work-life flexibility policies and practices, the implications of an aging workforce for public policy and management practice, and international comparisons of working time.

Sonja Drobnič

Sonja DrobnicW3 BIGSSS Professor in Sociology, University of Bremen

Sonja Drobnič’s current research focuses on social stratification and gender inequalities, job quality and work-family issues, social networks, and life-course research and methods. Publications include Careers of Couples in Contemporary Societies. From Male Breadwinner to Dual-Earner Families (ed. with H.-P. Blossfeld, 2001, Oxford University Press) and Dividing the Domestic. Men, Women and Household Work in Cross-National Perspective (ed. with J. Treas, 2010, Stanford University Press).

Colette Fagan

Colette FaganProfessor and Faculty Deputy Dean, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Colette Fagan is Professor of Sociology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research focuses on the field of employment and public policy with particular interests in gender inequalities and gender mainstreaming; working conditions and job quality; working-time (and time-use more broadly); and international comparative analysis. She is the UK national academic expert in the European Commission’s Expert Network on Employment and Gender Equality (ENEGE) and a member of the Eurofound Advisory Committee on Working Conditions. Her other engagements as an academic consultant to the policy community include research reports for the European Commission, Eurofound, the European Parliament, the European Trade Union Institute, the International Labour Office and the OECD.

Her current research projects include co-organising an ESRC-funded seminar series: Work-life Balance, the Recession and Beyond.

For further details please see: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/Colette.fagan

Lonnie Golden, Ph.D.

Lonnie GoldenProfessor of Economics and Labor Studies
Penn State University, Abington College

Lonnie Golden holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois-Urbana. His research interests are hours of work hours determination, flexible work scheduling and their effects on work-life and well-being, and relevant public polices and organizational practices regarding labour market and workplace flexibility. You can view his publications here.

Clare Kelliher

Clare KelliherProfessor of Work and Organisation at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University

Clare Kelliher is Professor of Work and Organisation at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University.  Clare specialises in the fields of employee relations, people and change management.  She holds a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from London Business School. 

Her research interests centre on the organisation of work and the management of the employment relationship in the context of organisational change.  Her doctoral research examined the impact of competitive pressure on the conduct of industrial relations in the NHS.  She is a member of the Change Management Consortium research team based at Cass Business School, City University, London and as part as this project has been involved in examining the implementation of change in large public and private sector organisations.  Clare has a long-standing interest in flexible working and currently directs a major project concerned with examining the impact of flexible working on performance, in conjunction with the charity Working Families and sponsored by seven companies.

Bart Meuleman

Bart MeulemanAssistant Professor at the Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven

Bart Meuleman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he teaches social research methodology. His main research interests involve cross-national comparisons of attitude and value patterns. He is an expert in various cross-national comparative methods,including multilevel modelling, multigroup structural equation modelling etc. He has published in international journals such as Annual Review of Sociology, Social Science Research, Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, Journal of European Social Policy and European Sociological Review.

Scott Schiemann

scott schiemanProfessor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Scott Schiemann is Research Chair (Social Contexts of Health) at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests fall into three broad areas: health/medical, work/stratification, and the sociology of religion. He is currently engaged in a large, national longitudinal study of work, stress, and health among Canadians. This project investigates the social causes and health consequences of stress in the lives of Canadian adults and the ways that these processes change over time. Scott is also conducting an in-depth qualitative study of Canadians in dual-earner couples with children at home to explore the meaning and nature of the work-family interface — and the stressors and resources in these contexts.

Ultimately, Scott seeks to document and describe the implications of these processes for the work-family interface, health, satisfaction, and well-being.

Peter Taylor-Gooby

Peter Taylor-GoobyProfessor of Social Policy
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Peter Taylor-Gooby OBE is Research Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent. He chaired the ESRC’s Economic Beliefs and Behaviour and Social Contexts and Responses to programmes, the EU Welfare Reform and the Managemetn of Societal Chnge and the British Academy New Paradigms in Public Policy Programmes and has directed numerous ESRC, EU, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Trust and other research projects. He currently chairs the REF Social Work and Social Policy and Administration panel, having previously chaired the panel for the RAE. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Arts, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a previous President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Sociology and Social Policy Section.

His  most recent books are The Double Crisis of the Welfare State and What We Can Do about It (Palgrave)  and New Paradigms in Public Policy (BA/Oxford).