University of Sussex Business School
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I am Principal Investigator and Co-Director for the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (2020-2024), together with Professor Mark Stuart.

I joined the University of Sussex Business School in 2017 as Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management and I am the UK lead on the EU Horizon 2020 EUROSHIP project on social protection in Europe (2020-23).


After completing my doctorate at Nuffield College, University of Oxford on an Anglo-French comparison of employment practices in the banking sector, I worked for ten years at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Germany. I have also held teaching and research posts at Sciences Politiques in Paris, and at London, Manchester and Brighton Universities in the UK. In 2000, I was awarded a Jean Monnet Research Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence and appointed Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2019.

The ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, the European Science Foundation and Santander Bank have funded my research. This includes coordinating a EU FP7 funded large-scale research project STYLE: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe ( (2014-17) and being the UK lead on the EU Horizon 2020 project NEGOTIATE on Overcoming early job-insecurity in Europe ( (2015-18).

Currently, I am on the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Sozialreform (De Gruyter) University of Bremen, Germany. I have provided consultation services to HM Treasury, Full Employment Team and the UK Cabinet Office Open Innovation Unit; I am an Evaluation Rapporteur for the European Commission Horizon 2020 research programme. Formerly, I have acted as an advisor to the ILO Work4Youth programme funded by The MasterCard Foundation; and twice as an evaluator for the German Excellence Initiative of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (€151 million investment).

Research interests

My most recent research focuses on

  • the digital transformation of work
  • international comparisons in political economy
  • gender and ethnic labour market transitions across the life cycle for youth, parents and older workers.
Research articles

Jerg, L., O’Reilly, J., and Schulze Buschoff, K. (2021) ‘Adapting social protection to the needs of multiple jobholders in Denmark, the United Kingdom and Germany’ Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research.

O’Reilly, J., Grotti, R., and Russell, H. (2019) ‘Are some sectors more ‘youth friendly’ than others? Employment regimes, sectors and gender disparities in the Great Recession’ Human Resource Management Journal 29(3): 490-508

Sánchez-Mira, N., & O’Reilly, J. (2019). ‘Household Employment and the Crisis in Europe.’ Work, Employment and Society, 33(3): 422-443.

Zuccotti, C. V., & O’Reilly, J. (2019). Ethnicity, Gender and Household Effects on Becoming NEET: An Intersectional Analysis. Work, Employment and Society, 33(3), 351–373.

Zuccotti, C. V., & O’Reilly, J. (2019). The impact of youth labour market experiences on later employment opportunities: What roles do ethnicity and gender play? Human Relations, 72(4): 646–674.

Ayllón, S., M. Bussi, J. O’Reilly, M. A. Schøyen and I. Tolgensbakk (2019) ‘Drug use and early job insecurity’ in B. Hvinden, J. O’Reilly, M. A. Schøyen & C. Hyggen (eds.) Negotiating Early Job Insecurity: Well-being, Scarring and Resilience of European Youth (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).


Hvinden, B., J. O’Reilly, M. A. Schøyen & C. Hyggen (eds.) (2019) Negotiating Early Job Insecurity: Well-being, Scarring and Resilience of European Youth (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar). Also available open access

O’Reilly, J., Leschke, J., Ortlieb, R., Seeleib-Kaiser, M. and Villa, P. (2019) (eds.) Youth Labor in Transition: Inequalities, Mobility and Policies in Europe (New York: Oxford University Press). Also available open access

Neufeind, M., J. O’Reilly and F. Ranft (2018) (eds.) ‘Work in the Digital Age: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ (London: Rowman and Littlefield).

O’Reilly, J., C. Moyart, T. Nazio and M. Smith (2018) (eds.) ‘Youth Employment: the STYLE Handbook’ (Bristol: Policy Press). Also available open access Ebook –

“It’s not the tech, it’s how it’s used”

2 November 2021

Digit's Co-Director, Professor Jacqueline O'Reilly has been quoted in an article in the Guardian discussing the effect of technology-enabled home working on equality and inclusion.

From Emergency to Empowerment – special Soldo report featuring Digit researchers

14 July 2020

A new Special Report from Soldo discussing the future of hybrid-remote working

More trust, less fuss!

20 May 2020

Digit Co-Director Prof. Jackie O'Reilly discusses remote working in this interview with Soldo.

Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly delivers keynote speech to the Nesta conference

24 October 2019

Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly delivered a keynote speech to yesterday's NESTA conference on 'Working Better: Using data and design to create an inclusive, future-oriented system for jobs and skills’.

Labour Party Conference fringe event

23 September 2019

Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly spoke at an event hosted by the Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group and the University of Sussex Business School on tackling gender inequality in business and entrepreneurship.