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Project ID: 340045
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Netherlands

Mid-Term Report Summary - SUSTAINABLEWORKFORCE (Investments in a sustainable workforce in Europe: causes and consequences in comparative perspective)

Sustainable Workforce is an innovative research project that investigates the role of organisations in creating a sustainable European workforce. To that end we collected new and unique multi-level data in nine European countries: Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. A unique and crucial feature of this program’s methodological approach is its innovative multi-level data design, i.e. the collection of data among organisations and their employees embedded in the institutional frameworks of nine European countries. The data collection took place in 2015-2016 and the resulting cross-national comparative dataset contains information on the causes and consequences of organisational investments in human and social capital, work-life policies, work flexibility, long-term employability of older employees, and flexicurity. In total, we have collected information from nine countries, 259 organisations, 922 managers and 11,011 employees (European Sustainable Workforce Survey [ESWS], Van der Lippe et al., 2016). By introducing the organisational level and its interaction with the employee and the country level, the various levels are not analysed in isolation but rather studied conjointly; this nested research data is expected to generate long-term impact.

To understand why organisations invest in certain work arrangements, if and why employees actually use these arrangements and what the consequences are, we combine general theoretical insights from economic sociology with field-specific theories from sociology of organisations, family sociology, labour economics, but also from psychology and the literature on Human Resource Management.

The generated multi-level data is currently being analysed by the established research group. Researchers apply advanced, up-to-date statistical techniques in their studies. Most of our publications are still to come, but thus far various articles have been published in international and national peer reviewed journals and results have been disseminated on various conferences, seminars and other get-togethers. The project group has an active outreach policy via publications, presentations at conferences and seminars, the project website and activities on social media. General information about the project is provided online at: We also have a Sustainable Workforce page on LinkedIn, containing a short summary of the project and regularly posted updates on the progress of the project or news on project-related topics ( Furthermore, we post regular updates on the progress of the project or news on project-related topic via Twitter (

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