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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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).
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.
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 perspective. Journal 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 Europe. Social Policy & Administration