Maria Jepsen holds a PhD in economics from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She is currently the Director of the research department at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and chargée de cours (associate professor) in labour economics at the ULB. Before joining the ETUI as a senior researcher in 2001, she worked as assistant professor and research fellow at the ULB from 1996-2001.
Maria Jepsen’s main research interest is in gender studies and comparative studies of the impact of welfare states on labour supply, wages and working conditions. In recent years she has also focused on the construction and development of social policy on the European level and how this interacts with the national settings.