Ioulia Bessa

Academic Fellow in Work and Employment Relations

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Academic, Work and Employment Relations, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)
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Curriculum Vitae:
Ioulia Bessa CV
flexible working arrangements, job quality and job satisfaction, zero hour contracts, market segmentation, job security/insecurity, precarity measures


2008-2012: PhD, Cass Business School, City University, UK
(Title: Flexible Work Arrangements: theoretical perspectives and evidence from employers and employees)

2006-2007: MPhil, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK

2004-2005: MA, Steinhardt School/Stern business School, New York University, UK

1999-2003: BA, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece


2015 to date:  Academic research Fellow, University of Leeds 

2012 to 2015: Research Fellow, Work and Employment, Leeds University Business School

2011-2012: Visiting Lecturer, Cass, Business School, City University

2011-2012: Visiting Lecturer, Luton Business School, University of Bedfordshire

2004-2005: Peer Advisor, Steinhardt School, New York University


I joined CERIC at Leeds University Business School in May 2012, after completing my PhD at Cass Business School, City University of London. Prior to that, I obtained an Mphil from University of Cambridge, a Master’s Degree from New York University. I am currently a University of Leeds Academic Fellow, based in the Centre of Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC).

Throughout my PhD I worked on the area of Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs). In particular, I examined FWAs under two theoretical aspects: First, the institutional aspect, concentrating on social and institutional factors that may impact on FWAs use and offering. Second, I followed a labour economics perspective, using dual labor market theory to examine the job quality of FWAs. Furthermore, for one year (during my PhD), I conducted a survey, collecting data on FWAs in Greece from both employers and employees. I have been mainly working using quantitative methods, but I am highly interested and have collected during my research qualitative data.

Following the area of job quality, I am worked with Professor Mark Stuart, Professor Chris Forde and Dr. Sian Moore on the Low Pay Commission project, where we are examining the job quality of domiciliary workers in the UK.

My research focus includes non-standard forms of employment and their connection to low pay, insecurity, employment/unemployment in insecure and recessionary contexts. Her current research agenda includes the use of quantitative instruments and methods to measure precarity, job quality and satisfaction among different European contexts. I have extended experience of using a range of secondary datasets, such as Understanding Society, Labour Force Survey, WERS and the NMDS.

PhD Supervision

I welcome proposals in the areas of:
In-work poverty and precariousness 
Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs)
Job quality and Job satisfaction
Work effort, intensity and intensification.

  • BA/MA Quantitative Research Methods 
  • MA International Labour policy and globalisation 
  • BA/MA Principles of Management (Cass Business School, University of London, University of Cyprus Business School) 

Working Papers

Alberti G., Bessa I., Hardy K., Trappmann V. and Umney C., (Forthcoming) ‘In, against and beyond precarity: work in insecure times’, Work, Employment and Society 

Bessa I. and Tomlinson J. (2016) Established, accelerated and emergent themes in flexible work research. Journal of Industrial Relations, 59(2):153-169. 2017

Stuart, M., Valizade, D. and Bessa, I. (2015) Skills and Training – The Union Advantage: Training, Union Recognition and Collective Bargaining, Unionlearn Research Paper No. 21. London: Unionlearn.

Bessa I., Forde C., Moore S. and Stuart M. (2013) The Low Pay Commission Report-Chapter 2: The National Minimum Wage (NMW), earnings and hours in the domiciliary care sector.  2013 Read the report.

Bessa I. and de Menezes (2012).Job Quality of Flexible Work Arrangements in Greece:A Dual Labour Market Approach. Paper submitted to peer-review journal.

Bessa I. and de Menezes (2012). Perspectives on Flexible Work Arrangements Use and Offer in Greece: An institutional Approach. Paper submitted to peer-review journal.

Bessa I. and de Menezes (2011). A comparative analysis on the use of Flexible Work Arrangements in the Northern and Southern European models: The case of Greece. Working paper in progress.

Conference Papers

Bessa I. and de Menezes L.M. (2012). Job Quality of Flexible Work Arrangements in Greece. Academy of Management Conference, Boston 2012.

Bessa I. and de Menezes L.M. (2012). Perceptions of Flexible of Working Arrangements in Greece: An institutional perspective. British Academy of Management (BAM), Cardiff 2012.

Bessa I. and de Menezes L.M. (2011). Institutional Perspective on Perceptions of Flexible Working Arrangements in Greece. European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS), Gothenburg 2011.

Bessa I. and de Menezes L.M. (2010). FWAs in Greece. Economic Modelling (ECOMOD), Istanbul 2010.

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