Aristea holds a PhD from Warwick Business School and in the past worked at the Universities of Cambridge, Warwick, Manchester Business School and Lancaster. During part of her research, she was visiting fellow at IDHE (École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France) and the Uppsala Forum on Peace, Democracy and Justice (University of Uppsala, Sweden). She is currently research associate at the Centre for Business Research (University of Cambridge), the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics (Birkbeck College) and the New Zealand Work and Labour Market Institute (Auckland Technical University). She is a member (non-practising lawyer) of the Iraklio Bar (Greece), the Transnational Trade Union Rights Experts of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the executive committee of the Institute of Employment Rights. She serves currently as a member of the ESRC Peer Review Council.
Aristea's research focuses on the empirical study of law and on applied legal and policy analysis, with particular reference to labour regulation, corporate governance and EU social policy. Her research has been theoretically driven by an interest in the application of social systems theory and the capability approach to the study of supranational regulation and its relationship with national legal and economic systems. Her work so far has included empirical socio-legal research in employee representation, contractual governance in large construction projects, the impact of the case law by the Court of Justice of the European Union on industrial action, collective agreements and procurement, the effects of the financial crisis on national systems of labour law and social security, the interplay between EU law and precarious work and the business benefits of social dialogue, including for global supply chains.
Her research has been funded by a number of organisations, including the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the Leverhulme Trust and the Global Players' Union (FifPro). She has carried out contract work for the European Parliament, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She has provided expert evidence on labour law and industrial relations issues to the Social Affairs Committees of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.