Transeuroworks project

TransEuroWorkS brings together knowledge from several disciplines such as economics, political science, social psychology, and sociology, including sub-disciplines in social policy, political economy, and comparative welfare states. Thus, we are able to provide a multi-disciplinary approach that is essential to understanding the full impacts of the new forms of non-standard work and labour market changes on workers, institutions, work relations, and policymaking.


For the last two decades, European countries have faced unprecedented structural changes due to digitalisation, automation; the internationalisation of the workforce; and the transition towards a green economy. How national and EU-level interventions will mediate the effects of these transformations will profoundly impact the future of European citizens, the economy, and political stability.


At the centre of TransEuroWorkS are three critical structural labour market transformations: green transition and decarbonisation, technological change, and the internationalisation of the workforce. With an attention to the effects of these changes on inequality, poverty, education, skill demand, and social exclusion, TransEuroWorkS addresses three main questions:

How do decarbonisation, technological change, and internationalisation of the workforce impact the world of work in Europe?

How can the EU and member states become more resilient and responsive to these changes and their impacts?

What are the implications of the changing forms of work and work relations on European citizens’ well-being and social protection?

To do so, TransEuroWorkS provides a practical theoretical approach and innovative empirical tools to produce insights, new data, original knowledge, and social innovations to identify the impact of labour market changes and new kinds of work forms on workers. The project then maps the social protection gaps and suggests potential new pathways for policy adjustments.

To achieve this goal, the research focuses on eight key policy areas:


Unemployment insurance


Sickness insurance and health policies


Upskilling and retraining, retirement policy


Work-life balance


Family and care policies


Gender equality


Foreign labour recruitment and freedom of movement.

The ambition of TransEuroWorkS is to contribute to strengthening the region’s position globally and improving social cohesion and democracy, by supporting and improving the capacity of Europe to evaluate and proactively respond to these future transformations through evidence-based approaches.

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TransEuroWorkS proposes a comprehensive and multi-level approach to the world of work and social protection that guides the project’s design and implementation.


TransEuroWorkS proposes a comprehensive and multi-level approach to the world of work and social protection that guides the project’s design and implementation.

World of work:

TransEuroWorkS proposes to study the world of work in two interacting dimensions: workforce and labour markets.
We propose to study the workforce concentrating on economic, social, political, and psycho-social outcomes at the individual level and their implications for household poverty, well-being, and family relations. The project also considers heterogeneities based on non-standard forms of work, especially taking into consideration gender, nationality, and employment contracts and forms outside of the full-time male-breadwinner view of workers and households. This also includes new forms of digital work.


TransEuroWorkS will, conceptually and empirically, map the different categories of individuals and households potentially affected by these changes in work.

Labour market:

TransEuroWorkS concentrates on labour markets with a focus on exploring the impact of the three labour market transformations at the national and EU-level labour

Social protection:

TransEuroWorkS understands the current labour market transformations not only as posing risks to the workforce
but also as providing opportunities to redesign and strengthen social protection policies as proactive interventions that seek to mitigate the negative effects of these transformations. TransEuroWorkS aims to trace a new conceptual and empirical direction for social protection whereby new forms of work can be reconciled with the welfare state within the current and future transformative contexts. The research proposes three conceptual pillars on which its new social protection paradigm provides the basis of its analytical framework.

Sustainable social protection:

Concerning the sustainability dimension, TransEuroWorkS highlights three different aspects:

Mobile social protection:

There are two critical types of mobilities in today’s world of work where existing social protection appears

Inclusive social protection:

Workers in sectors that are impacted by immigration, technological advancements, and decarbonization

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