SPP's EDUWORKS project successfully completed with the graduation of two young researchers

April 13, 2018

The FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network project " EDUWORKS - Better matching through bigger data" has reached the end of its journey with successful defenses of two PhD candidates, Brian Fabo and Magdalena Ulceluse. Both early-stage researchers have completed their training objectives under the supervision of Martin Kahanec, professor and Acting Head of the School of Public Policy at CEU, with Brian Fabo obtaining his PhD. from the CentER Graduate School of the Tilburg University and Magda Ulceluse obtaining her PhD from Central European University’s Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations.

Under the supervision and guidance of prof. Kahanec, Dr. Ulceluse and Dr. Fabo have published collectively seven research publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Empirica, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, the IZA Journal of Labor Economics and IZA Journal of Labor Policy. Several additional papers are currently at various stages of review process with international scientific journals. 

The research produced has been presented at over 30 international scientific conferences, including the high-profile International Economic Association's 2017 Congress in Mexico City, and the annual conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management held in Brussels. The output of the projects’ four years was presented s at the final workshop held in Brussels in June 2017. The workshop brought together policy makers, academics, and practitioners to engage in a lively discussion on four timely topics related to labour market matching processes: 1: Refugee labour market integration, 2: Changing nature of jobs, 3: Lifelong Learning & Technology: Data Modeling, Curation, and Analytics, and 4: Vacancy mining and analysis.

One of the long-lasting outcomes of the EDUWORKS project is the creation of a vibrant, multidisciplinary network of researchers interested in advancing the knowledge about labour market matching processes. To that end, CEU has actively encouraged synergies and cooperation with partners from both within and outside academia. Martin Kahanec, Magda Ulceluse and Brian Fabo have co-authored papers and collaborated on research and policy projects with colleagues from the University of Amsterdam, UNU-MERIT Maastricht, University of Salamanca, the Central European Labour Studies Institute, the European Trade Union Institute, and the Center for European Policy Studies, among others. In addition, the researchers have had the opportunity to experience first-hand working on policy issues, through secondments at leading policy-oriented institutions such as the Amsterdam Institute for the Advanced Study of Labour, Central European Labour Studies Institute Bratislava, and International Migration Institute at Oxford University.

Brian Fabo continues his career as a Senior Researcher at the National Bank of Slovakia, and Magdalena Ulceluse will continue her research into migrant's strategies and roles in the labor market as a postdoc at the University of Groningen.