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Associate Professor Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds

I am Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations at Leeds University Business School. Previously I was Director of the Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business at the University of East London, a Building Sustainable Societies Fellow at the University of Leeds, Welfare Studies Fellow at Umeå University, and senior policy adviser to central governments and international policy-making communities before joining academia.

I serve on several editorial boards, including Work Employment & Society, International Journal of Care & Caring, and Slovenian Sociological Association Journal Druzboslovne razprave. I am Associate Editor of the Journal of Family Studies and Guest co-Editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

I investigate the intersections between the welfare state, policy, markets and work+family of men and women 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.


  • 2015–present
    Research Fellow, Central European Labour Studies Institute
  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, CERIC, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
  • 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
  • 2001 
    University of Ljubljana, MPhil
  • 2001 
    University of Maynooth, Roskilde, Pavia, MSc
  • 2000 
    University of Ljubljana, BA


  • 2019
    Ciccia, R. and J. Javornik. Methodological challenges for comparative welfare state research: capturing intra-country variation in cross-national analyses, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis
  • 2018
    Yerkes, MA and J. Javornik. Creating capabilities: Childcare policies in comparative perspective, Journal of European Social Policy
  • 2017
    Javornik, J. and A. Kurowska. Work and Care Opportunities under Different Parental Leave Systems: Gender and Class Inequalities in Northern Europe., Social Policy & Administration
  • 2015
    Javornik, J., J. Ingold. A childcare system fit for the future? , In: Foster, L., Brunton, A., Deeming, C. and T. Haux (Eds): In Defence of Welfare 2, Bristol: Policy Press, p. 75-8.
  • 2014
    State socialism: Dismantling the male-breadwinner family model in Central and Eastern Europe?, Umeå University Welfare Studies Working Paper 14/2012:
  • 2014
    L’adieu au modèle de l’homme soutien de famille. Le présent postsocialiste à la lumière du passé socialiste, Politiques sociales et familiales, 115: 11-24
  • 2014
    Great expectations. Dual-earner policies and the management of work–family conflict: the examples of Sweden and Slovenia, with A. Grönlund, Families, Relationships and Societies, 3(1): 51-65.
  • 2014
    Measuring state de-familialism: Contesting post-socialist exceptionalism, Journal of European Social Policy, 24(3): 240-257.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Challenging workplace norms to address gender inequality (UKFP HK: UK Futures Programme)
    Funding Source:
    UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • 2013
    The Future of Welfare State Studies Conference
    Funding Source:
    Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumnsfond

Professional Memberships

  • Work, Family Researchers Network
  • British Sociological Association
  • Social Policy Association
  • ESPAnet
  • European Consortium for Political Research
  • International Social Security Association
  • Council for European Studies
  • Population Association of America
  • WFRN International Disability, Work & Parenting Study Group
  • Uni. Leeds Parenting Network
  • International Sociological Association
  • Nordic Sociological Association
  • Slovenian Sociological Association
  • CEE Network for Gender Issues