Kari Hadjivassiliou


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Principal Research Fellow


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Kari is a Principal Research Fellow at IES. She has over 25 years of international comparative research and evaluation experience in the fields of employment and labour markets, including youth labour markets, school-to-work transitions and career trajectories and inclusion of young people across the EU; welfare policies; education and training systems; and human and social capital development.  Before joining IES in 2009, she worked for over 12 years at the Tavistock Institute, including a two-year secondment at the European Commission (DG INFSO).

In December 2013, she was invited to give evidence as an expert witness to the House of Lords EU Committee on EU action to tackle youth unemployment. In February 2016, as part of the EU’s Mutual Learning Programme, she was invited to be the independent expert at the High Level Learning Exchange on ‘Designing and Implementing Effective Strategies to Support the Integration and Retention in the Labour Market of Youth at Risk’. This was held on 18-19 February 2016 in Stockholm where Kari presented to ministers a paper on successful school-to-work transitions for youth at risk.

She is currently part of the core team of the EU-wide project STYLE (Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe), which is the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme’s 3-year research project on youth unemployment in the EU. Its aim is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes of very high unemployment among young people and to assess the effectiveness of labour market policies designed to mitigate this phenomenon (for DG Research). 

Kari is also involved in an EU-wide study on the geography of new employment dynamics in Europe (for ESPON), whilst she was project manager for another EU-wide study, on the economic and social costs of low-skilled adults in the EU (for Cedefop).

Until March 2015 when the project was completed, Kari was the policy manager for the EU-wide technical assistance project ‘Advice on ESF Support to Apprenticeship and Traineeship Schemes’, which is one of the key actions of the EU’s Youth Opportunities Initiative and Youth Employment Package (for DG EMPL).  As part of this project she was the co-ordinator of the European Commission‘s Guidebook for Policy Planners and Practitioners on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes in the EU-27, which was published in December 2013.

In 2012-2013, she was the project manager of a comparative study on the labour market transitions of young people (for Eurofound), while in April 2012, she completed a comparative study on the extent of precarious employment and quality of labour market transitions among young graduates in the EU (for DG EAC).  From March 2011 to May 2012, Kari led and was the project manager for the first EU-wide study on traineeships in all 27 Member States (for DG EMPL). This study informed the European Quality Framework for Traineeships which was adopted by the EU Council of Ministers in March 2014. She was also a national expert for the sister study on the apprenticeship supply across the EU (for DG EMPL).  Between May 2011 and March 2012, she was also involved in a major comparative study looking at the impact of the recent crisis on women and young people in the EU and key emerging economies (for DG EMPL).

Kari has considerable experience in designing, conducting and managing large scale and complex EU-wide studies and evaluations; co-ordinating EU-wide networks and partnerships and managing international project teams; developing good working relationships with clients, including EU institutions; and planning, organising and carrying out dissemination activities.  She sits on the UK Evaluation Society Council.  She holds the teaching qualification for both English (University of Cambridge Proficiency of English Certificate) and French (Alliance Françoise Diplôme d’Études Supérieures).  She is a native speaker of Greek and is a fluent speaker of English and French, while she has a good working knowledge of German.


2004‑ Department of Management, King’s College London PhD research on the links of TQM and Strategic HRM in the Service (Banking) Sector
1986‑1987 London School of Economics, University of London MSc (with Distinction), Industrial Relations and Personnel Management
1981‑1985 The Piraeus Graduate School of Industrial Studies, Piraeus, Greece BSc, Business Administration


2008‑2009 Principal Researcher and Consultant, The Tavistock Institute
2003‑2008 Senior Researcher and Consultant, The Tavistock Institute
2001‑2003 Project Officer, The European Commission: DG Information Society, eTen Unit
1997‑2001 Researcher and Consultant, The Tavistock Institute

Research publications

Articles and chapters

Conference appearances

  • Comparing and contrasting the performance of school-to-work transition regimes in the EU, Hadjivassiliou K, Tassinari A, Youth Transitions and Policy Innovation in Europe: Promising Trends and Tough Challenges, 24th International Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow, July 2017
  • Successful school-to-work transitions, Hadjivassiliou K, Levelling the Playing Field, Teens and Toddlers, London, January 2017
  • What works for the labour market integration of youth at risk, Hadjivassiliou K, High Level Learning Exchange on ‘Designing and implementing effective strategies to support the integration and retention in the labour market of youth at risk’, European Commission, Sweden, February 2016
  • Traineeships/Internships in the EU: A Route to Sustainable Employment or to a Dead End?, Hadjivassiliou K, Canterbury Christ Church Business School’s Lunchtime Talk Programme, Canterbury Christ Church Business School, Canterbury, June 2015
  • Apprenticeship Schemes across Europe: Features, Effectiveness and Key Success Factors, Hadjivassiliou K, Youth labour markets and unemployment, Democritus and Aristoteleio Universities, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2015
  • Invited expert, Hadjivassilliou K, Expert Roundtable: Jobs, growth and investment: New opportunities through VET, SOLIDAR, Brussels, November 2014
  • Panel member, Hadjivassilliou K, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, November 2014
  • Apprenticeship initiatives in the EU, Hadjivassilliou K, European apprenticeship conference: Steering partnerships for growth, Cedefop, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2014
  • Policy performance and evaluation methodologies (WP 3) (in relation to youth labour markets and school-to-work transition), Hadjivassilliou K, Kick-off meeting of Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (STYLE), University of Brighton, Brighton, March 2014
  • Apprenticeship schemes across Europe: Features, effectiveness and key success factors, Hadjivassiliou K, GREAT opportunities for growth, National Apprenticeship Service, London, March 2014
  • Facilitator/Chair of 2B Working Group: Integrating a gender analysis into monitoring and evaluation, Hadjivassilliou K, European seminar on evaluating and monitoring apprenticeship and traineeship schemes, European Commission, Brussels, February 2014
  • Expert evidence on Youth Unemployment in the EU, Hadjivassiliou K, House of Lords EU Committee (Sub-Committee B), House of Lords, London, December 2013
  • Youth Indicators: What Exists and What is Missing?, Hadjivassiliou K, Rickard C, Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion (InGRID) Expert Workshop on Framework for indicators for vulnerable groups, TÁRKI, Budapest, November 2013
  • Traineeships/Internships in the EU: A Route to Sustainable Employment or to a Dead End?, Hadjivassilliou K, Food for Thought, Tavistock Institute, London, November 2013
  • Quality Assurance of Apprenticeships and Traineeships, Hadjivassiliou K, Advice on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes with ESF support, European Commission, Brussels, June 2013
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship schemes today: Review of findings, Hadjivassiliou K and Samek M, Advice on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes with ESF support, European Commission, Brussels, June 2013
  • Review of existing apprenticeship and traineeship programmes in the EU, Hadjivassiliou K, Targeted Advice on ESF Support to Apprenticeship and Traineeship Schemes - 1st Steering Committee meeting, European Commission, Brussels, January 2013
  • Overview of traineeship arrangements in the different member states , Hadjivassilliou K, European Conference on Erasmus placements, Agence Europe Education Formation France, Bordeaux, October 2012
  • Invited expert, Hadjivassiliou K, Working together for youth employment - From education to the workplace: a global challenge, European Parliament, Brussels, June 2011
  • The Impact of Emerging Forms of Inter-firm Relationships (IFRs) on Employment & Working Conditions, Cox A, Kadjivassiliou K, Lunchtime Seminar, Brighton Business School, March 2011

Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Member of the Steering Group of the Voluntary Evaluation Peer Review pilot (2015 - 2017)
  • Co-Director Europe and Middle East, The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) (2010 - present)
  • Council Member, UK Evaluation Society (2006 - present)
  • Board Member, City Women Network (CWN) Marketing Committee (2006 - present)
  • Advisory Board Member to the Right Here Initiative, Mental Health Foundation (2009 - 2011)