Director of the Noon Centre, School of Social Sciences, University of East London

I am Director of the Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business and Associate Prof in Public and Social Policy at the University of East London, United Kingdom and Associate of (1) the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation & Change at the Leeds University Business School, and (2) the Work Futures Research Centre at the University of Southampton.

I serve as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Family Studies; Editorial Member of the International Journal of Care & Caring; and a Guest co-Editor a Special Issue of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research & Practice (JCPA) on the methodological challenges for comparative welfare state research.

Prior to coming to the UK, I was a Welfare Studies Fellow at Umeå University in Sweden and served as a policy adviser to central governments and international policy-making communities.

I investigate the intersections between the welfare state, policy, markets and work+family of men and women over the life course and across families / welfare states, and paths to social sustainability and well-being. I apply comparative perspectives and innovative policy analysis methodologies.


  • 2015–present
    Research Fellow, Central European Labour Studies Institute
  • 2016–present
    Acting Director, Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business, University of East London
  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, University of East London
  • 2015–present
    Associate, University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School
  • 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
    Project Manager for the Balkans, Stability Pact Gender Task Force and OSCE
  • 1998–2004
    Research / Project Manager, UNDP/IMAD


  • 2010 
    University of Southampton, PhD
  • 2001 
    University of Ljubljana, MPhil
  • 2001 
    University of Maynooth, Roskilde, Pavia, MSc
  • 2000 
    University of Ljubljana, BA


  • 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
    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.
  • 2014
    State socialism: Dismantling the male-breadwinner family model in Central and Eastern Europe?, Umeå University Welfare Studies Working Paper 14/2012:

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