Aristea Koukiadaki

Professor, Prof

  • Professor of Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Law

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Research interests


Aristea's research focuses on the empirical study of law and on applied legal and policy analysis, with particular reference to labour law, industrial relations and EU social policy. Her research has been theoretically driven by an interest in the application of social systems theory and the capability approach to the study of supranational regulation and its relationship with national legal and economic systems. Her work so far has included empirical socio-legal research in employee representation, contractual governance in large construction projects, the impact of the case law by the Court of Justice of the European Union on industrial action, collective agreements and procurement, the effects of the financial crisis on national systems of labour law and social security, the interplay between EU law and precarious work and the effectiveness of enforcement of labour rights. 

Her research has been funded by a number of organisations, including the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the Leverhulme Trust and the Global Players' Union (FifPro). She has carried out contract work for the European Parliament, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She has provided expert evidence on labour law and industrial relations issues to, among others, the Social Affairs Committees of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Her current projects include the following:

  • PROCURFAIR (01/10/2021 → 30/09/2023): EU-funded comparative project on Promoting Decent Work through Public Procurement in Cleaning and Private Security Services (Procurfair project overview)

Recently completed projects include the following:

  • Alliance MBS Strategic research investment fund (SRIF): The State as a Socially Responsible Customer (with Damian Grimshaw, Mat Johnson, Stephen Mustchin and Laura Watt) (2017-2022)
  • Effective Enforcement of EU Labour Law, co-editor of book (Bloomsbury Hart 2022) with contributions from members of the Transnational Trade Union Rights Experts' Group of the European Trade Union Institute.



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Aristea joined the School of Law in September 2014. She holds a PhD from Warwick Business School and in the past worked at the Universities of Cambridge, Warwick, Manchester Business School and Lancaster. During part of her research, she was visiting professor at IDHE (École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France) and the Uppsala Forum on Peace, Democracy and Justice (University of Uppsala, Sweden). She is currently research associate at the Centre for Business Research (University of Cambridge), the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics (Birkbeck College) and the New Zealand Work and Labour Market Institute (Auckland Technical University). She is a member of the Transnational Trade Union Rights Experts of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and sits on the executive committee of the Institute of Employment Rights.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research Associate, University of Cambridge

1 Apr 2010 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Work and Equalities Institute


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