Erika is interested in different aspects of work and care. She has conducted research on topics ranging from the impact of work-care reconciliation policies on women’s labour force participation to digital skills. Erika is particularly interested in how gender inequalities are created at the intersection of work and care and how women’s working lives are shaped by different institutions, such as the labour market, work organisations and the family.
As part of the research group that focuses on the changing social care workforce in the UK, Erika is involved in projects exploring the regulation and organisation of paid care work, care worker recruitment and conditions, and efforts to improve job and service quality in care.
Erika has an MA and PhD in Gender Studies from the Central European University and she has spent most of her post-doctoral career conducting applied research that is relevant to academia and public policy. Erika has worked in the UK since 2013: before She joined the LSHTM in July 2022, Erika worked at the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick and at the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities at the University of Leeds. Prior to post-graduate studies, Erika worked for a women’s rights organisation in Hungary.
Erika supervises students working towards their PhD and MBA at the University of Warwick and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE.
Erika has led research projects focusing on digital skills in the UK labour market and mental health at work. She presented her research on workforce digital skills to the All- Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Skills (2022) and was invited by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) to give a talk to their advisors and HR professionals on managing mental health at work through employee engagement (2019).
She has been involved in many research projects, investigating different aspects of work and employment (for example, skills, graduate careers, and the impact of Covid-19 on the education and childcare workforce) and gender equality at the intersection of work and care in the UK and in a comparative perspective.
- Mixed methods
- Qualitative methods
- Policy analysis
- Atfield, G., Baldauf, B and Kispeter, E. (2021) Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 Rapid evidence review; Education, childcare and social work and related social care workforce. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Purcell, K, Elias, P., Atfield, G. and Kispeter, E. (2021) What a difference a year makes: the impact of Covid 19 on graduate careers. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Bailey, D., Driffield, N. & Kispeter, E. (2019) Brexit, foreign investment and employment: some implications for industrial policy? Contemporary Social Science, 14, 2, pp. 174-188.
- Alden, S., Kispeter, E., Wigfield, A. & Karania, V. (2019) Changing the narrative: the role of frontline worker attitudes and beliefs in shaping dementia friendly services in England, Disability & Society, 34, 5, pp. 775-796.
- Kispeter, E. (2019) The economic crisis and women’s part-time work in Hungary, in English, B. Frederickson, M. E. and Sanmiguel-Valderrama, O. (eds.) Global Women’s Work: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy, Abingdon, Routledge, pp. 319-335.
- Kispeter, E. (2019) What digital skills do adults need to succeed in the workplace now and in the next 10 years?, London, DCMS.
- Barnes, S-A., Kispeter, E., Eikhof, D. & Parry, R. (2018). Mapping the Museum Digital Skills Ecosystem Phase One Report. Leicester, University of Leicester.
- Kispeter, E. & Wright, S. (2017) Promoting positive mental health at work by creating a sense of shared responsibility, London, Acas.
- Adamson, M. & Kispeter, E. (2016) ‘Gender and professional work in Hungary and the USSR: similarities, differences and continuities’, in Baker, C. (ed.) Gender in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe and the USSR, London, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 214-227.
- Fodor, E. & Kispeter, E. (2014) ‘Making the ‘reserve army’ invisible: Lengthy parental leave and women’s economic marginalisation in Hungary’, European Journal of Women’s Studies, 21, 4, pp. 382-398.