Jelle Visser

Professor of Sociology, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies

University of Amsterdam

Jelle Visser (1946) is professor of empirical sociology and chair of sociology of labour and organization at the University of Amsterdam, where he directs the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS), an interdisciplinary center for research and graduate teaching at the University of Amsterdam, with participation from economics, sociology, psychology, law and occupational health. He is associated with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.

He worked as consultant to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, the European Comission, the International Labour Organization in Geneva, the Dutch Government and the Irish National Economic and Social Council. He was member of the High-Level Group on Industrial Relations and Change, advising the European Commission, and has been appointed Chief Editor for the 2004 Industrial Relations in Europe report of the European Commission.

Jelle Visser is the (co-)author of several books and some 100 refereed articles on industrial relations, trade unions, labour markets, working time and organisation. His recent books include: Trade Unions in Western Europe Since 1945 (with Bernard Ebbinghaus) in Macmillan's "Societies of Europe" series (2000); A Dutch Miracle: Job Growth, Welfare Reform and Corporatism in the Netherlands (1997), with Anton Hemerijck; Industrial Relations in Europe: Traditions and Transitions (1996, with Joris van Ruysseveldt); and In Search of Inclusive Unionism (1990).