Project targets Development Partners Funding



European Social Fund (ESF)

The European Social Fund (ESF) helps people improve their skills and, consequently, their job prospects.
Created in 1957, the ESF is the EU's main source of financial support for efforts to develop employability and human resources. It helps Member States combat unemployment, prevent people from dropping out of the labour market, and promote training to make Europe's workforce and companies better equipped to face new, global challenges.
The ESF is one of the EU's four Structural Funds, which were set up to reduce differences in prosperity and living standards and help areas of Europe which, for one reason or another are suffering difficulties. This is usually referred to as 'promoting economic and social cohesion'. To do this, the ESF spends European money on the achievement of the goals agreed in the European Employment Strategy.
This strategy is bringing together the 25 Member States to work at increasing Europe's capacity to create good jobs, and providing people with the skills to fill them.



Syndex is a consultant company specialised in providing assistance to workers representatives: works councils in France, European works councils at the community level and the committees for the hygiene, safety and working conditions (CHSCT).
Syndex provides the workers representatives with social and economic analysis on the company they work for, so that they can anticipate and identify risks, specifically in their social aspects.
Every year, Syndex realises approximately 2.000 missions of which 150 annual cases related to restructuring processes in its economic aspects as well as in its social aspects.
Frédéric Bruggeman and Bernard Emeriau, members of the project steering committee, have been in charge of the international coordination. Dominique Paucard has carried out the cross country analysis on innovations and restructuring processes. This team has been helped by Maxime Petrovski, researcher, Nathalie Fauvarque who has been in charge of the project logistics and administration and Ghislaine Peneaut who organises the implementation of the web site.
In the field of international comparisons, the project has beneficiated from the participation of Donald Storrie now working with the European Monitoring centre on Change (Dublin) and of Bernard Gazier, professor of Economics at Paris 1 University (MATISSE).


L’Université Européenne du Travail (UET)

Established in September 1999, the UET (European University of Work) is a network which undertakes, outside traditional academic premises and methods, a wide variety of activities with its European partners related to work and labour issues: seminars and transnational symposia, ongoing workshops and conferences, European social engineering at the request of corporations and social partners, research and research-action activities, training and publications.
The UET contribution to the MIRE project comes from Claude-Emmanuel Triomphe, UET general delegate, member of the project steering committee and from Maxime Petrovski, researchers.
The UET co-organised in June 2003 with the “Centre d’Étude de l’Emploi” and the EMCC a colloquia « responsible restructuring in Europe »where the MIRE project partnership was born.

On the occasion of the MIRE project, the UET has worked together with Rachel Beaujolin-Bellet, specialist in job and restructuring management practices, teacher-researcher in human resources management in Reims Management School (RMS). She has been in charge of the coordination and the scientific management of the French activities of the MIRE Program and member of the project steering committee.


Institut Arbeit und Technik (IAT)

Institut Arbeit und Technik (IAT) is an institute of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, focused on research and development. Its task is to develop and to evaluate innovative solutions for ongoing structural changes within in the economy, work, employment, and the workforce. Through generic research, the institute contributes to the understanding of knowledge-based economies and the trends and driving forces behind them.

The IAT contribution to the MIRE project comes from Matthias Knuth senior researcher, head of the research unit “trends in employment”, member of the project steering committee and Gernot Müghe, researcher.


The Institute for Psychology of Work, Unemployment, and Health (IPG)

The Institute for Psychology of Work, Unemployment and Health (IPG) at Bremen University works on national and international projects on health effects of unemployment, socialization to work, health promotion and the evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions for unemployed persons to limit the health impact of unemployment and to improve the reintegration into the labour market. The IPG organises international conferences on unemployment and health issues in the context of the Scientific Committee Unemployment, Job Insecurity and Health of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) that is chaired by Thomas Kieselbach since 2000 as head of the IPG.

The IPG contribution to the MIRE project comes from Thomas Kieselbach senior researcher, head of the IPG, member of the project steering committee and from Debora Jeske, researcher.


Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology (IMIT)

The Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology (IMIT) is a scientific Institute. Its aim is to pursue and promote research and development in technical and industrial renewal and administration, as well as participating in training in this sphere. Research is primarily concerned with how the benefits of technical development can be improved by providing knowledge of industrial management and economics. IMIT acts as a creative link between the development of scientific knowledge in institutes and actual industrial renewal work. Research and development is carried out in collaboration with different organizations.
The IMIT contribution to the MIRE project comes from Ola Bergström senior researcher, member of the project steering committee, and Andreas Diedrich, researcher.


Le Laboratoire d’étude sur les nouvelles technologies, l’innovation et le changement (LENTIC)

LENTIC is a multidisciplinary research centre of Management School at the University of Liège (Belgium). It focuses on economic, organisational and strategic aspects of innovation processes, with special emphasis on organisational change, social relations and restructuring process. It is often called upon to meet external demands in these fields. Its team consists of a dozen researchers belonging to different fields of study such as economics, sociology, psychology, or management.

For several years, LENTIC has participated in many investigations related to change management, the emergence of new organisational forms and organisational restructuring. The work is financed by Belgian or European institutions, and also by private companies eager for a socio-organisational accompaniment of the fields studied.

The LENTIC contribution to the MIRE project comes from Brigitte Rorive, then François Pichault, senior researchers, Directors of the LENTIC, members of the project steering committee and Frédéric Naedenoen, Gelica Dalon and Mélanie Antoine, researchers.


The Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI)

The Working Lives Research Institute is based within London Metropolitan University and undertakes socially committed academic and applied research nationally and at a comparative international level, into all aspects of working lives, emphasising equality and social justice, and working for and in partnership with trade unions.

The WLRI contribution to the MIRE project comes from Steve Jefferys, head of the WLRI, and Sian Moore, researcher, both members of the project steering committee, with the help of Geof Luton, researcher and former trade unionist.