Marti Lopez andreu

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Position: Marie Curie Research Fellow


From 2003 to 2007 I worked as a researcher in the European project RESORE (V European Framework) in the Centre d’Estudis Sociològics sobre la Vida Quotidiana i el Treball (QUIT-UAB). The results of this study highlight how workers rights over resources are changing in European countries. From 2007 to 2010 I participated as a senior researcher in the European project CAPRIGHT (VI European Framework), in the Centre d’Estudis Sociològics sobre la Vida Quotidiana i el Treball (QUIT-UAB).The results of the project have stimulated new ways to analyse social and employment policies effects based on the real set of options (capabilities) provoked in individual lives.

I obtained my PhD with the title "Labour trajectories and individualisation of resources: the social effects of the changes in wage relation" (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2011). The thesis shows how changes in employment and private sector policies deinstitutionalise life courses and change available resources and conversion factors in transitions. The results have been published extensively in journal articles, seminars and conferences.

In 2013 I was awarded a competitive Marie Curie Intra- European Fellowship grant funded by the 7th Framework programme of the European Commission (ref. FP7-328223) to carry out the project, “Labour trajectories in UK and Spain. Analysis of capabilities in transitions using a mixed-method approach (TRANSICAP)” in Manchester Business School, supervised by Prof. Jill Rubery.

I have taught at undergraduate and postgraduate in the UAB (Barcelona), URV (Tarragona) and in the Manchester Business School.

Research Interests

Since the beginning of my research career I have been working on topics related to changes in labour market trends, employment regulation and management practices and their effect on individual lives and careers. My research interests are related to changes in institutional frameworks and company policies and how they affect capacities and options in individual’s employment transitions and key life moments. Moreover, I am especially interested in how changes in employment relations (including human resources practices, employment regulation, and broader social policies) affect workers in terms of fairness and conditions in the workplace, career development, changes in skills requirements and in equality and opportunities for voice and representation. My research is based on the use of mixed method strategies including longitudinal and panel data analysis, narrative biographies, semi-structured interviews and case studies, among others.

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  • Lopez Andreu, M., & López-Andreu, M. (2014). Unemployment as a potential turning point: A biographical analysis of labour trajectories. Sociologia del Trabajo, 81, 27-49. . Publication link: 49a8ccd4-ae53-4ca2-b07d-34721be4c2ee
  • Lopez Andreu, M., Verd, J. M., Otto, H-U. (Ed.), & Ziegler, H. (Ed.) (2014). The effects of non-formal training policies in a neoliberal employment model: An assessment from the capability approach. In Shaping the Social: Challenges for critical social policy and the possibilities of the Capability Approach. Farmington Hills, Mich: Barbara Budrich. . Publication link: 9d721301-4d11-4d01-9c0f-f07115a4b4e6


  • Lopez Andreu, M., & VERD, J. M. (2013). Employers’ strategies, capabilities and career development in Spain. A comparative case analysis at two service firms. International Journal of Manpower, 34(4), 345-361. . Publication link: ee12e15d-1703-484e-a25c-539f2f39044c
  • Lopez Andreu, M., Lope, A., & Verd, M. J. (2013). New Employment Forms. Reducing the Scope of Wage. In The wage under attack. (pp. 183-206). Bruxelles: PIE-Peter Lang. . Publication link: 2f991c31-bd7e-4fdb-b786-e16ed6c2a46c


  • Lopez Andreu, M., Bartelheimer, P., Verd, J. M., Lehweß-Litzmann, R., López-Andreu, M., & Schmidt, T. (2012). Unemployment, intervention and capabilities. A comparative study of Germany and Spain. Transfer, 18(1), 31-44. DOI: 10.1177/1024258911431199. Publication link: cfe9c951-c1d3-4b01-86fa-fc702e465e81


  • Lopez Andreu, M., Verd, J. M., & Andreu, M. L. (2011). The rewards of a qualitative approach to life-course research. The example of the effects of social protection policies on career paths. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 12(3). . Publication link: 0134a59a-671e-412b-9a31-1f5a3b05dbdf
  • Lopez Andreu, M., & VERD, J. M. (2011). Les effets de la formation diffèrent selon les parcours sur le marché du travail: l’exemple catalán. Formation Emploi, (113), 63-79. . Publication link: 0df31b73-7412-4a42-861d-9dfcf2a21d2e


  • VERD, J. M., VERO, J., & Lopez Andreu, M. (2009). Trayectorias laborales y enfoque de las capacidades: Elementos para una evaluación longitudinal de las políticas de protección social. Sociologia del Trabajo, (67), 127-150. . Publication link: fb8a113c-dd9d-416e-b78c-f3c519e4a0bc