Jana Javornik

Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations

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Academic, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), Work and Employment Relations
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work-family policy; gender; equality, diversity and inclusion; comparative policy analysis; indicator development; data visualisation


I have a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Southampton, MPhil in Sociology from Ljubljana and MSc in Social Policy from Universities of Roskilde, Bath, Pavia, Maynooth, Madrid, Leuven, and Bergen), and a BA in Sociology from Ljubljana. My degrees were interdisciplinary, combining sociology, social policy, statistics, political science and development, economics, demography and research methods.


I am Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations. I returned to Leeds in November 2018, after my tenure at the University of East London, where I worked as Associate Professor in Social Policy and Director of Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business. Prior to that, I was a research fellow in Sociology and Social Policy here at Leeds and Umeå University in Sweden, after having spent more than ten years in policy making, working as Senior Policy Advisor for central governments and high-profile international organisations, including the European Commission, World Bank, and ILO. Among others, I was Editor-in-Chief of the UNDP national Human Development Reports and Stability Pact Project Manager for the Balkans, having developed programmes on gender empowerment under the auspices of Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. I helped set up a Gender Task Force and a CEE Network for Gender Issues, comprising gender organisations from Eastern Europe and the CiS, North Africa and the Middle East, now serving as their Adviser.



My current research interests include:

  1. Comparative work-family policies and their impact across social groups and welfare states, the persistence and change of inequalities at the intersection of production and social reproduction.
  2. Equality, diversity and inclusion in the labour market; opportunity gaps in the labour markets; recruitment, retainment and progression; diversity management and changing organisational practices more broadly.
  3. Conceptualisations and methods of comparative policy analysis; indicator development and (policy) data visualisation.

Geographically, I focus on the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe, and the United Kingdom.

I  have  published  across  these areas and  received  funding  from  UKCES (UK Futures Programme),  UNDP,  European  Commission,  the  International  Labour  Organisation,  the  World Bank, Gatsby and Noon Foundation, Ad Futura (Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund), the Norwegian Financial Mechanism Programme, Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Norrlands Universitetssjukhus.

My  work  has  led  to  the  production  of  high  profile  policy  reports, including co-authored  Social Situation  in  Europe  reports  for  the  European  Commission,  Human  Development  Reports  for  the  UNDP, and a  range  of  reports  for  Slovenian  central  government.  I  have  contributed to the UKCES report  on Futures  programme,  exploring  employers'  initiatives  around  gendered  opportunity  gaps,  looking specifically  at  high  and  low  pay  sectors. 

My  research  around  equality, diversity  and inclusion has been used  by  a  broad  network  of  users,  and I  advise CEOs  of  FTSE100  and  Bloomberg  on  gender pay  gap  reporting,  the  Slovenian  and Scottish governments on  family  policy, London’s Mayor on Good Work Standards, and BITC on the Times Top 50 Employers for Women list. I am a member of the Government Equalities Office’s WAGE programme and Barking and Dagenham Equalities Sub Group, and I co-organise the Global Equality and Diversity Conference and Awards (www.gedconference.com).

Research Affiliations

I am affiliated with universities,  research  centres  and  non-academic  consortia  in  Europe  (including CEE  and  the  Balkans),  North  America,  East  and  South  Asia,  Australia  and  New  Zealand,  and  Latin  America; Central  European  Labour  Studies  Institute  (EU);  SOFI  (Stockholm, Sweden);  Human Ecology (Alberta, Canada); Iceland and Copenhagen  Business  Schools;  Roskilde University (Denmark);  University of Ljubljana; the  Centre  for  Social  Psychology  and  Research  Centre  for  Strategy  and  Governance (Ljubljana);  Department of Sociology (Umea, Sweden); and Work  Futures  Research  Centre  (Southampton).

Academic Citizenship

I  am  member  of  Transforming  Care  Conference  Scientific  Committee and  Special  Interest Groups  of  the  international  Work-Family  Researchers  Network.  I  serve on the Editorial Boards of Work, Employment & Society; International  Journal  of Care  and  Caring; and  Journal  Druzboslovne  razprave  (by  the  Slovenian  Sociological  Association); and as Associate  Editor of the Journal  of  Family  Studies and Guest co-Editor of Journal  of  Comparative  Policy Analysis.

I pen for and my research has been featured in The Economist, The Conversation, Guardian and Observer, Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Telegraph. I comment for the BBC (radio and TV), TNT and Slovenian national radio and TV. 












Journal Articles

Ciccia, R. and J. Javornik (2019). ‘Introduction to special issue: Methodological challenges for comparative welfare state research: capturing intra-country variation in cross-national analyses,’ Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 21(1). 

Ciccia, R. and J. Javornik (Eds.) (2019). ‘Methodological challenges for comparative welfare state research: capturing intra-country variation in cross-national analyses,’ [Special Issue] Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 21(1). 

Yerkes, MA and J. Javornik (Forthcoming, Open Access). Creating capabilities: Childcare policies in comparative perspectiveJournal of European Social Policy.

Javornik, J. and A. Kurowska (2017). Work and Care Opportunities under Different Parental Leave Systems: Gender and Class Inequalities in Northern EuropeSocial Policy & Administration51(4): 617-637, DOI: 10.1111/spol.12316

Javornik, J. (2015). ‘Is it becoming easier to be a working mother?World Economic Forum

Javornik, J. (2014). ‘Measuring state de-familialism: Contesting post-socialist exceptionalism,’ Journal of European Social Policy, 24(3): 240-257.

Grönlund, A., Javornik, J.  (2014) 'Great expectations. Dual-earner policies and the management of work–family conflict: the examples of Sweden and Slovenia,' Families, Relationships and Societies, 3(1): 51-65. 

Javornik, J. (2014) 'L’adieu au modèle de l’homme soutien de famille. Le present postsocialiste à la lumière du passé socialiste,' Politiques sociales et familiales, Dossier Genre, famille et État en Europe centrale et orientale, 115: 11-24. 

Book chapters

Mätzke, M., J., Brokking, P., Anntonen, A., Javornik, J. (2017). ’Public Policy Conceptions: Priorities of social service provision in Europe,’ In: F. Martinelli, Anntonen, A., Mätzke, M., (Eds.). Social Services Disrupted. Changes, Challenges and Policy Implications for Europe in Times of Austerity, Edward Elgar, p. 71-91. ISBN 978 1 78643 210 0 Available online  

Deusdad, B., Javornik, J., Mas Giralt, R., Marban Flores, R. (2017) ’Care in the wake of the financial crisis. Gender implications in Spain and the United Kingdom,’ In: F. Martinelli, Anntonen, A., Mätzke, M., (Eds.). Social Services disrupted. Changes, Challenges and Policy Implications for Europe in Times of Austerity, Edward Elgar Publishing, p.176-197. ISBN 978 1 78643 210 0  Available online.

Javornik, J. (2016). ’ Slovenia,’ In: G. Razzu (Ed.). Gender Inequality in the Eastern European Labour Market: Twenty-five years of transition since the fall of communism. London: Routledge.  ISBN: 978-1-138-99985-5, pp. 242-368.

Javornik, J. (2016).  ‘Maternal Employment in Postsocialist Countries: Understanding the Implications of Childcare Policies,’ In: Höfacker, D., Roosalu, T. (Eds). How Gender Works? Testing Established Theories in Post-Socialist Labour Markets, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 189-214. ISBN: 978-1-349-57128-4

Javornik, J., J. Ingold. (2015) ‘A childcare system fit for the future?’ In: Foster, L., Brunton, A., Deeming, C. and T. Haux (Eds): In Defence of Welfare 2, Bristol: Policy Press, p. 75-8. 

Javornik, J, S. Yeandle. (2015). Gender Initiatives: Case studies of organisational interventions to improve women’s position in the workplace. Report commissioned by UK Commission for Employment and Skills. 

Javornik, J., Green, A. (2014). ‘Work-family policies in leading countries’, Background Analysis for The Economist (Group for Europe, Africa and the Middle East).



Javornik, J. (2018) Four big lessons from the UK’s new gender pay gap reporting rules and what’s next for equality, The Conversation, 16 August
Javornik, J. (2017) Returnships for women won’t fix the career break penalty, The Conversation, March 21
Javornik, J., Oliver, L. (2015). ‘Legal battles loom on shared parental leave from fathers not getting equal benefits,’ The Conversation, 14 Dec
Ingold, J., Javornik, J. (2015). Focusing free child care on ‘working parents’ is short-sighted, The Conversation, 22 July
Javornik, J. 2014. Why UK should follow Nordics lead on universal childcare, The Conversation, 29 Sep.
Javornik, J. 2014. Employers aren’t ready for shared parental leave, The Conversation, 26 Aug.
Javornik, J. 2014. Shared parental leave is a nice idea – but will it work? The Conversation, 23 July.
Javornik, J. 2014. Shared Parental Leave (Part 1): The Equality Perspective, Invited Commentary, My Family Care, 8 May
Javornik, J. 2013. Slovenija je najbolj egalitarna družba v OECD in EU, Fact Check Meta Analyses Series: Metina lista (in Slovenian)
Javornik, J. 2013. Ima SLO res enega najdaljših starševskih dopustov v Evropi? Fact Check Meta Analyses Series: Metina lista (in Slovenian)



Besedna artilerija, Radio Ga-Ga (Slovenia) – with N. Krevs, 31 August 2018
Ford sewing machinist strikes in Liverpool and Dagenham, 50 years on, Victoria Derbyshire Show, 7 June 2018
Gender Pay Gap Highlights UK Economy's Untapped Potential, Bloomberg, 5 April 2018
Gender Pay Gap Highlights UK economy’s latent potential, The Business Times, 6 April 2018
Pay dads to stay at home or shared parental leave will fail, The Daily Telegraph, 7 April 2018
Forced Marriages in the UK, Newham Recorder, 25 Oct 2017
Forced Marriages, Roundtable: BBC Asian Network, 30 November 2017
Interview on Global Scholars: BBC Asian Network, 11 July 2017
How real is the gender pay gap: TRT World, 7 March 2017
A Year Into Shared Parental Leave, Financial Times & Total jobs, 4 Apr 2016
Daddy’s home: ‘Why on earth did I take shared parental leave? The Observer, 27 Mar 2016
Shared parental leave: the fathers bringing up baby, Financial Times, 13 Mar 2016
Virgin's New Paternity Leave Policy: It's Not Quite as Great as The Hype, Forbes, 12 June
It’s the new era of shared parental leave (if you can afford to take it), The Guardian, 05 Apr 2016
The Economist explains: Why Swedish men take so much paternity leave, The Economist, 22 July
Interview on Shared Parental Leave: BBC Radio Kent, 21 August 2016
Interview on Shared Parental Leave: BBC Radio 4 Today, 18 August 2016
Interview on Shared Parental Leave: BBC Radio London, 18 August 2016
So moški v Sloveniji res tako slabi starši? Interview for Planet SiOL.net (in Slovenian)
Javornik, J. (2015) March for Science: http://kvarkadabra.net/2017/04/jana-javornik-jernej-ule/  (in Slovenian)

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