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Chair Labour-University (Chaire Travail-Université) c/o FOPES-UCL

Address :
Rue de la Lanterne magique, 32, box L2.04.01
1348   Louvain-la-Neuve (BE)


Contact person :
Patricia Vendramin
Phone: +32-10-479641

Short description


The Fondation Travail-Université (FTU) was established in 1967 in order to build up a bridge between academic research and social organisations in the French speaking part of Belgium. Nowadays the FTU is an independent para-academic research institution, recognised by the French Community of Belgium. The status of the FTU is a non-profit organisation of public interest, registered as ASBL (association without lucrative purpose).

FTU has been created by the Christian labour movement and members of the universities of Namur and Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL et FNDP) to be an interface between the world of work and the universities. The Walloon Christian trade-union (CSC) is a member of the board and the centre has strong links with local actors.

The main purpose of FTU is to develop a capacity of research, analysis and intervention on work, innovation and society. For more than twenty years it carries out research projects granted by Belgian or European programmes. It participates in international research networks and it works out methodological tools for research and continued education.

The centre carries out research programmes at regional, national and international levels (70%), for the French community (15%) and for CSC (15%). It employs 12 people.

The Work & Technology Research Centre has a double communication policy towards the scientific community and towards stakeholders, socio-economic actors and policy makers. It carries out thematic (e.g. working time) and sectoral (e.g. professional trajectories in the ICT sector, flexibility in the building sector, changes in work in the services sector, …) research for the trade unions and contributes to trade unionists' training on many topics: Individualisation of work and social bond at work, flexibility, atypical work, ICTs and changes in work, quality of work, etc. The centre has also carried out some surveys for trade unions such as youth, work and employment (and relation to trade-union) (2007), time and work (2007) and atypical work (2004). It produces targeted publications and other communications and provides scientific support to the production of thematic documents.

Areas of expertise and competencies

The current activities of the FTU Research Centre address two research areas:

1) Changes in work: new forms of work organisation, changing relationships to work, ICT and work, changing patterns of (working) time, gender relations

2) Technology and society: innovation policies, digital inclusion/exclusion, technology assessment

Various research projects have also been carried out in the past on environment and sustainable development.

For more detailed information on every research area, please go to the website.
General contact persons for all areas are both co-directors Patricia Vendramin and Gérard Valenduc.

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

For information on all current and past projects, please visit the following website. Please note that the French version of the same website is more detailed

Publications, language, newsletter

For information about the publications of the Centre, please visit the website.

Besides research reports and articles, FTU publishes a three-monthly newsletter on innovation, work and society, entitled "La lettre EMERIT" (in French) and a series of books in co-operation with various publishers.

Other networks the institute is participating in

The Centre participates in international research networks

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