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Research Project Summary: WALQING - Work and Life Quality in New and Growing Jobs


WALQING - Work and Life Quality in New and Growing Jobs


WALQING is a collaborative research project carried out jointly by 11 European educational
institutes  (FORBA - Austria, K.U.LEUVEN - Belgium, IS - Bulgaria, NRCWE - Denmark,
UDE - Germany, IPS HAS - Hungary, LABOR - Italy, VMU - Lithuania, SINTEF - Norway,
UAB - Spain и USFD - UK) and coordinated by FORBA (Forschungs-und Beratungsstelle
Arbeitswelt), Austria. The IS research team is represented by PhD Dr. Vassil Kirov – leader,
PhD Dr. Ekaterina Markova and Darina Peycheva – PhD Student.

The project is financed by the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission.
It starts on the 1st of December 2009 and lasts 3 years.
On the basis of successfully pursed by the European Employment Strategy (EES) policy aim –
“more and better jobs” creation, and the results of recent studies suggesting that employment
expansion in the period 1995 – 2006 has not necessarily and not uniformly improved the quality
of work.

WALQING aims to explore the linkages between ‘new jobs’, conditions of work and employment
in these jobs and more or less favourable outcomes for employees’ quality of work and life.
To achieve this, WALQING sets the following main tasks: to identify economic activities in Europe
with massive job creation and problematic configurations in terms of low wages, precarious
employment and lack of social integration; to investigate existing social partner and other
stakeholder policies seeking to improve conditions in these industries and involve stakeholders
in the assessment of both problematic and favourable practices; to bring together institutional,
organisational and action-research perspectives in order to transfer examples of good practice
beyond their national context.

WALQING integrates several analytical levels and research paradigms: in-depth data analysis
of the key EU datasets on job growth, quality of work and quality of life (European Labour Force
Survey- EU LFS, European Working Conditions Survey - EWCS, Income, Social Inclusion and Living
Conditions EU-SILC); comparative institutional analysis and stocktaking of European and national
policies and social dialogue in the field; qualitative case study research and comparative analysis
on company and individual level; and rapid, iterated communication with stakeholders using an
action-research perspective that aims at supporting stakeholders in selected sectors in developing
evidence-based and adequate policies.

WALQING aims to increase researchers', stakeholders', managers' and policymakers' knowledge
of the quality of work and life in new and growing jobs, their capacity to identify problematic
configurations of market developments, policies and company strategies as well as
good examples and practices that can be translated across.

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