Jacqueline O’Reilly is full Professor of Comparative HRM at the University of Sussex Business School and Co-Director for the ESRC £8 million investment in the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (2020-24).
She is the UK lead on the Horizon 2020 EUROSHIP project on social protection in Europe (2020-23). Previously, she co-ordinated EU STYLE: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (2014-17) and was UK lead on the EU NEGOTIATE project (2015-18).
Her most recent research focuses on the digital transformation of work, labour market policy and international comparisons of gender, ethnicity and labour market transitions across the life course.
She completed her doctorate at Nuffield College, University of Oxford on an Anglo-French comparison of employment practices in the banking sector. She worked for ten years at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Germany, and at Sciences Politiques in Paris, London, Manchester and Brighton Universities in the UK.
In 2000 she was awarded a Jean Monnet Research Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence. She is a visiting research fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Turin, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Sciences Politiques, Paris, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Wirthschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftes Institut (WSI), Dusseldorf.
She has served on the editorial board of the BJIR, Socio-Economic Review, and Work, Employment and Society where she was also Chair of the editorial board. She was elected twice to the Executive Council of SASE, and is President-elect of SASE. In 2019 she was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences for her distinguished contribution to the field of interdisciplinary research.
She has been consulted by HM Treasury, Full Employment Team and the UK Cabinet Office Open Innovation Unit on equal pay and youth employment. She is an Evaluation Rapporteur for the European Commission Horizon 2020 research programme, was invited as an advisor to the ILO Work4Youth programme funded by The MasterCard Foundation, and was an evaluator on two occasions for the German Excellence Initiative of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (€151 million investment).