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Dr. Isabelle Ferreras

Senior Research Associate,
WorklifeWizard/PayWizard Coordinator

Isabelle FerrerasIsabelle Ferreras is a tenured fellow of the Belgian National Science Foundation (F.N.R.S., Brussels), an associate professor at the Université catholique de Louvain, and a senior research associate of the Labor and Worklife Program where she coordinates the WorklifeWizard/PayWizard research project.

Doctor Ferreras is a sociologist (PhD, Louvain) and a political scientist (MSc, M.I.T.). She is also an alumna of the Harvard Trade Union Program (Class of 2005). Her research focuses on the multiple dimensions of work and labor in the context of the service-based economy. From a normative perspective, she is interested in clarifying the potential contradictions between capitalism and democracy. She held research or teaching appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Department of Political Science at M.I.T., the Center for European Studies at Harvard, the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen, and the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany.

Isabelle Ferreras published Critique politique du travail. Travailler à l'heure de la société des services (2007) at Les Presses de Sciences Po, Paris. Based on what Ferreras constructs as critical case in the context of the service-based economy – the case of supermarket check-out clerks, the book contribues an original sociological theory of work. Its sociological and historical account shows that as a social experience, work today is of an expressive, public, and "political" nature. Moreover, it shows that the normative content of this political nature relates to the democratic intuition. Ferreras also wrote book chapters for Cambridge University Press, Frommann-Holzboog (Stuttgart), Academia-Bruylant (Bruxelles), L'Harmattan (Paris) etc., and had papers published in Boston Review (Boston), Raisons pratiques (Paris), Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques (Louvain-la-Neuve) etc.

Phone: +32 (0)10 47 42 37

Website: http://www.isabelleferreras.net

Contact: ferreras@alum.mit.edu