The workshop takes place during the International Francqui Chair and will be organized at HEC Liège on Thursday 14th December afternoon  (1.30 – 6 pm).

Organizers: François Pichault (Ulg) and Ive Marx (University of Antwerp).

The access is free but registration is mandatory.


1.30-1.45 pm: Introduction by Steven Vallas (Northeastern University, Boston)

1.45-3.15 pm: Dilemmas and debates around unemployment policies: the workers’ point of view
  • The unemployed facing work. Problematic meanings of non-standard employment (Marc Zune, Catholic University of Louvain & Didier Demazière, CSO-Paris)
  • Is mental health at baseline a predictor for a smooth transition to employment? A two-year follow-up study of Brussels youth (Kelly Huegaerts & Christophe Vanroelen, Free University of Brussels)
  • Activation as the opportunity to be outsiders: Minimum income scheme beneficiaries engaged in public works (Silvia Girardi, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research/KU Leuven, Valeria Pulignano, KU Leuven & Roland Maas, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research)

3.15.-3.30 pm: break


3.30-4.30 pm: Dilemmas and debates around unemployment policies: the professionals’ point of view
  • The public intermediation on the labour market in the French speaking part of Belgium: a process of jobseekers compliance? (Laura Beuker, University of Liège)
  • Activation of persons with disabilities. An analysis of the perspective of professionals in supported employment programmes (Stefan Hardonk, Iceland University, Eline Jammers & Patrizia Zanoni, University of Hasselt)

4.30-5.00 pm: final comments by Steven Vallas (Northeastern University, Boston), Ive Marx (University of Antwerp) and François Pichault (University of Liège)


 5.00-6.00 pm: Drink


Abstracts of the presentations


Address:   14 rue Louvrex, 4000 LIEGE
room N1b-1711 (follow the signs in the main hall and from the parking)