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Jana Javornik

Associate Professor Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds

I am an academic/policy maker. I am Assoc Prof in Work and Employment Relations, senior policy adviser to central governments and international policy-making communities, and a member of Covid19 and Climate trackers. I am affiliated with a number of European universities and the Slovene Institute of Contemporary History (INZ). Until recently, I was Director-General of Higher Education in the Slovene Ministry of Science and Education, and Director of the Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business at the University of East London.

I serve on several editorial boards, including Work Employment & Society, International Journal of Care & Caring, and Slovenian Sociological Association Journal Druzboslovne razprave.

I investigate the intersections between the welfare state, public policy, markets across welfare states; equality, diversity and inclusion in the labour market, and sustainable workplaces. I apply comparative perspectives and innovative policy analysis methodologies and contribute to indicator development and better data infrastructure.


  • 2022–present
    Research Fellow, Institute of Contemporary History
  • 2015–present
    Research Fellow, Central European Labour Studies Institute
  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, CERIC, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
  • 2019–2023
    Director-General of HE, Ministry of Science and Education, Gov of Slovenia
  • 2016–2018
    Director, Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business, UEL
  • 2016–2018
    Senior lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of East London
  • 2013–2015
    Work, Care and Global Transitions Fellow, University of Leeds
  • 2011–2013
    Welfare Studies Research Fellow, Umea University, Sweden
  • 2001–2011
    Senior Policy Adviser, Welfare & Social Development Division, Institute of Macroeconomic Analyses & Development, Government of Slovenia
  • 2004–2005
    Detached National Expert , European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Unit for Social and Demographic Analyses
  • 2004–2005
    Consultant, Slovenian Human Rights Ombudsman
  • 1998–2004
    Research / Project Manager, UNDP/IMAD
  • 1998–2004
    Project Manager for the Balkans, Stability Pact Gender Task Force and OSCE


  • 2010 
    University of Southampton, PhD