Maria Maxi

Maria MEXI

Research Associate
Spoken languages
Areas of expertise
  • Platform Economy and Social Dialogue
  • Migration and labour markets
  • Social and solidarity economy
  • EU social policy and governance
  • EU democracy and populism
  • Globalization and governance
  • Technology and future of work
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Europe
  • Greece



Senior fellow Maria Mexi holds a Doctorate degree (DPhil) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Oxford (St. Anne’s College), an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford (St. Hugh's College), an MSc in European Social Policy with Distinction from the London School of Economics, and a BA in History with High Distinction from the American College of Greece – Deree College. She has also completed post-doctoral research at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Geneva, where she is co-leading three transnational H2020 and SNIS-funded projects on the gig economy, social and solidarity economy, and on migration. Dr Mexi's professional experience has been gained in academic social research as well as employment and social policy advice at national and international levels.

Over the years, she has advised governments in several countries (Croatia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, and the Caribbean Community) and international organizations, and provided expert opinion in issues related to the harmonization of national policy and governance tools with EU and UN frameworks. She currently works as an Expert at the International Labour Organization (ILO) on issues pertaining to social dialogue and the future of work in the digital economy. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).




  • Mexi, M. (2019), ''Social Dialogue and the Governance of the Platform Economy: Challenges and Opportunities''. ILO Background Paper for discussion at the ILO-AICESIS - CES  Romania International Conference: The governance of the digital economy: the critical role of social dialogue through ESC-SIs. Bucharest, Romania – 10-11 October 2019.

  • Bonvin, J-M, Cianferoni, N., and Mexi, M. (forthcoming), Protecting Workers in the Gig Economy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Mexi, M., Moreno Russi, P. and Fernández Guzman, E. (forthcoming), '' 'Fortress' Switzerland? Challenges in Integrating Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers'' in Federico, V. and Baglioni, S. Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ Integration in European Labour Markets. A Comparative Approach on Legal Barriers and Enablers, IMISCOE.

  • Mexi, M. (2018), ''Greece in Times of Multiple Crises: Solidarity under Stress?'' in Federico, V. and Lahusen, Ch. (eds), Solidarity as a Public Virtue? Law and Public Policies in the European Union, NOMOS.

  • Giugni, M. and Mexi, M. (2018), ''The Silent Crisis: Perceptions and Experiences of the Economic Crisis in Switzerland'' in Giugni, M. and Grasso, M. (eds), Citizens and the Crisis: Experiences, Perceptions, and Responses to the Great Recession in Europe, Palgrave Macmillan.

Read more about her last article on "The Future of Work in the Post-Covid-19 Digital Era".