Maria Mexi

Maria MEXI

Research Fellow
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 (Marily) Mexi has extensive international experience in the fields of employment and social policy, digital work, and the platform economy. Based in Geneva, Dr. Mexi advises major international organizations, permanent missions and country delegations to the United Nations, as well as employers' and workers' organizations, on future of work issues. She is the co-editor of the book Protecting Workers in the Gig Economy: A Comparative Empirical Analysis (forthcoming from Edward Elgar), and contributing author to Social Europe. Her latest Social Europe articles include: "The Future of Work in the Post-Covid-19 Digital Era" and "The Platform Economy—Time for Decent Digiwork". 

Over the years, Dr Mexi has worked as a social policy and employment expert for the European Commission, advising governments in several countries (Croatia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, and the Caribbean Community) on policy harmonization issues.  Concurrently, she has rich experience in leading large-scale international development projects financed by the European Commission (Europaid) and the World Bank. In terms of academic research, she has undertaken several studies and projects. More recently, she was the Scientific co-Coordinator of the following Swiss and EU-funded transnational research projects: Swiss Network for International Studies Project (2018-2019): ''Gig Economy and its Implications for Social Dialogue''; Swiss Network for International Studies Project (2018-2019): ''Social and Solidarity Economy, Urban Communities and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups'', and; EU-Horizon2020 project ''SIRIUS (2018-2020): Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets''. Moreover, since 2017, Dr Mexi has worked as a consultant at the International Labour Organization (ILO) on issues pertaining to digital platforms and social dialogue. She recently co-edited the ILO Research Brief, ''Peak-level Social Dialogue as a Governance Tool during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Global and Regional Trends and Policy Issues'', the findings of which featured in the joint ILO/OECD report on global labour markets which was acknowledged in the G20 Riyadh Summit Leaders Declaration. 

She is also a visiting research fellow at the United Nations Institute for Social Development, and an international specialist on employment and social policy at TASC – Thinking Ahead on Societal Change Platform (supported by the Government of Switzerland and embedded in the Center for Trade and Economic Integration of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies). She currently also serves as special advisor to the President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

She 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.



  • Mexi, M. and Silva, A. (2021), ''Trade and Labour: Friends, Foes, or Frenemies?'', The Global, Rethinking Global Governance, Global Governance Centre IHEID & TASC Platform Centre for Trade and Economic Integration – IHEID, April 2021.

  • Mexi, M. (2021), ''Labour Market Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Lessons Learned and Best Practices'', Policy Blueprint, University of Geneva, SIRIUS EU Horizon2020 Project, March 2021.

  • Mexi, M., Moreno Russi, P. and Fernández Guzman, E. (2021), '''Fortress' Switzerland? Challenges in Integrating Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers'' in Federico, V. and Baglioni, S. (eds.), Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ Integration in European Labour Markets. A Comparative Approach on Legal Barriers and Enablers, IMISCOE.

  • Papadakis, K., Mexi, M. and Cuaqui, R. (2020), ''Peak-level Social Dialogue as a Governance Tool during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Global and Regional Trends and Policy Issues'', Research Brief, International Labour Organization (ILO), October 2020.

  • Mexi, M. (2020), ''Populism 4.0 and Decent Digiwork'', Global Challenges, Special Issue no.1, June 2020.

  • 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. (forthcoming), ''Switzerland and the Two Faces of Integration'' in Triandafyllidou, A., Isaakyan, I., and Baglioni, S. (eds.), NowHereLand: A Biographical Perspective on Immigrant and Asylum Seekers Labour Market Integration upon Arrival, 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.

  • Mexi, M. and Boursier, T. (2017), ''Lessons to be Learned from Other Experiences of Socio-economic Transformation for Youth in the SEM Region'', Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), September 2017; Also, with Boursier, T, a series of reports on: ''Multi-level Factors of Youth Exclusion and Inclusion in Brazil, Greece, and Ireland'', published by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in: Power2Youth Papers.

  • Mexi, M. (2016), ''Handbook of Good Practices'', University of Geneva. LIVEWHAT EU FP7 Project: LIVING WITH HARD TIMES. How Citizens React to Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences, November 2017.