Reconciling Work and Welfare – Network of Excellence

The paramount objective of RECWOWE was 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.

RECWOWE seeks to effectively share the new knowledge that is built up through its activities. It organises specific training schemes for students and professionals. It centralises and publicises existing and new sources of data on work and welfare, and disseminates its analyses and findings through a particular structure.


  • 29 Research partners, 18 universities and 11 other institutions, 180 researchers and 80 PhD students
  • 17 countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and The United Kingdom

Key Annual Events

  • Conferences are an annual common momentum in the life of RECWOWE. Many RECWOWE activities will be organised in addition to and during the plenary conferences in order to foster integration, and to provide a common rhythm of work. They are organised annually, every June.
  • The Kick-off Conference for RECWOWE is organised by the ‘Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques’ (Paris, France).
    The Conference is held in Paris (December 18-19, 2006). This Conference is the first main RECWOWE event.
    The main objective is the implementation of the scientific and administrative organisations of RECWOWE.
  • The second Conference for RECWOWE is organised by the ‘Warsaw School of Economics’ (Warsaw, Poland).
    The Conference is held in Warsaw (June 12-15, 2007).
    This second Conference is focused on a “state of the art” and on the presentation of some key ongoing research programmes.

Duration: 2006-2011

Funded by the European Commission, DG Research, Sixth Framework Programme

Project Co-ordinator: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin-Nantes France, Professor Denis Bouget
Scientific Coordinator: Professor Bruno Palier, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques Paris, France
Partner for ELIAMEP, Athens, Greece: Dr. George Pagoulatos and Dr. Dimitris A. Sotiropoulos

For more information visit the Project website

Network Coordinator: Denis Bouget, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin, Nantes, France
Scientific Coordinator: Bruno Palier, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques Paris, France
Executive Manager, David Imbert, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin, Nantes, France,
Assistant Manager, Karine Cantele, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin, Nantes, France

Contact for ELIAMEP
Dr. Dimitris A. Sotiropoulos, Research Associate, ELIAMEP