Austerity policies are undermining growth and job creation for women and men across Europe. Further, there is significant evidence that the negative impact of austerity on employment and social welfare could erode achievements towards gender equality. In particular, these policies could reverse the progress made in the last decade in establishing a fulfilling life for women and men.

Although in several European countries male unemployment has significantly increased as a result of job losses in male-dominated sectors such as the construction and the financial sectors, it is becoming increasingly evident that women are also severely harmed by the implementation of austerity policies and by the credit squeeze. Indeed, women’s work in Europe concentrated in those areas more affected by spending cuts such as education, health, and social services.

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), in collaboration with Rafael Campalans Foundation, organised a seminar in Barcelona on December 12th 2014 with the objective to discuss the changing position and role of both women and men in the labour market in Europe, considering whether or not recent austerity policies have had particularly gendered effects and where the roots of such gendered impacts lie.


Presentation of Susan Himmelweit, Emeritus Professor of Economics, The Open University

Presentation of Marcella Corsi, Professor of Economics at the Sapienza, University of Rome and visiting professor at ULB

Presentation of Elvira Gonzalez Gago, Research Project Manager, Centre for the Economic Studies Tomillo

Presentation of Jerôme De Heanu, Senior Lecturer in Economics, The Open University

Presentation of Giovanni Cozzi , Senior Economist, Foundation for European Progressive Studies

Presentation of Ipek Ilkkaracan, Associate Professor of Economics, Technical University of Istanbul

Presentation of Özlem Onaran, Professor of Workforce and Economic Development Policy, University of Greenwich