Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe (RECWOWE)

Project Leader

Denis Bouget (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin-Nantes) 

Consortium members

P01 - Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Ange Guépin-Nantes

P02 - Sciences-PO Paris

P03 - University of Stirling

P04 - Institut des Hautes Études en Administration Publique

P05 - London School of Economics and Political Science

P06 - University of Utrecht

P07 - University of Oviedo

P08 - Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration

P09 - University of Berne

P10 - Tilburg University

P11 - Observatoire social européen

P12 - National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health

P13 - Université Catholique de Louvain la Neuve

P14 - Masaryk University Brno

P15 - University of Hamburg

P16 - University of Bremen

P17 - Aalborg University

P18 - Danish Institute for Social Research

P19 - University of Tampere

P20 - Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy

P21 - Poleis, Bocconi University

P22 - Warsaw School of Economics

P23 - University of Stockholm

P24 - University of Ljubljana

P25 - Central European University

P26 - University of Manchester

P27 - Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

P28 - Institute for Future Studies

P29 - University of Edinburgh

P30 - University of Southern Denmark


Denis Bouget (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin-Nantes)

Head of Research (Institute of Sociology, HAS)

Takács, Judit

Participants (Institute of Sociology, HAS)

Takács, Judit
Messing, Vera
P. Tóth, Tamás
Szalai, Júlia

Tardos, Katalin

Tóth, Olga

Vajda, Róza


The research

Project introduction: (pdf 30 kb)

RECWOWE is a Network of Excellence (NoE) of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) on 'Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe'. Website:

The paramount objective of RECWOWE is to create a European research network capable of overcoming the fragmentation of existing research on questions of work and welfare in Europe. RECWOWE integrates existing research activities on the various tensions that characterize the relationships between work and welfare, The ultimate aim is the constitution of a ‘virtual institute' promoting the research excellence required in identifying and understanding the multiple tensions between work and welfare, as well as strategies for managing or resolving them. RECWOWE is aimed at encouraging innovative research in the fields of labour market and social protection research. The common focus on tensions gives rise to perspectives and questions for research that are currently lost in the ‘void' between existing research domains and academic disciplines. The activity of the network promotes new institutional and individual partnership, based on novel combinations of disciplinary and geographical expertise. The international comparative research investigates the recruitment policies of for-profit companies with regard to disadvantaged groups. The research focuses on the different approaches and perspectives in employment decisions related to disadvantaged groups. The quantitative type of research uses the interview as the major method.

IS-HAS team members participated in the following tasks within Action 02: Reconciling Family and Employment – led by B. Hobson & T. Knijn:

  • T02.11/12 Tensions between rising expectations of parenthood and capabilities and agency to achieve a work family balance (including a Pilot Capabilities Survey on WFB conducted in Stockholm and in Budapest) – Sz. Artner, J. Takács, T. P.Tóth, R. Vajda
  • T02.13/23 Tensions between work and family life in 6 EU countries– J. Takács
  • T02.22 Fertility, female employment and reconciliation policies – J. Takács, O. Tóth.
  • IS-HAS team members (V. Messing, K. Tardos) also participated in tasks on Immigrants and ethnic minorities between labour and welfare within WP07, including T01.22 Employers' recruitment decisions.