Maria Mexi

Maria MEXI

Research Fellow
Spoken languages
English, Greek
Areas of expertise
  • Future of Work and Inequalities in Labour Markets
  • Labour and employment
  • 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


DPhil, University of Oxford

Senior fellow Maria (Marily) Mexi specializes in future labour markets and social policy. She earned a Doctorate in Politics and International Relations and an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford, as well as 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 also completed post-doctoral research at the University of Geneva's Department of Politics and International Relations. She teaches a postgraduate MINT course on global inequalities at the Geneva Graduate Institute, and besides the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, she is affiliated and works as an international expert with the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, the TASC – Thinking Ahead on Societal Change Platform, and the Delphi Economic Forum in Greece, where she is the director of the Centre for the Future of Work. She also serves as special advisor to the President of Greece on issues of digital economy, employment and social welfare.

She has extensive experience leading large-scale EU (e.g. H2020, FP7) and Swiss-funded international research projects. She was the University of Geneva’s Scientific Co-Coordinator of the Swiss Network for International Studies-funded projects Gig economy and its implications for social dialogue and Social and solidarity economy, urban communities, and the protection of vulnerable groups. She is a contributing author to Social Europe on issues of the platform economy and the transformation of work, and co-editor of the book Social Dialogue in the Gig Economy: A Comparative Empirical Analysis (forthcoming from Edward Elgar).

She has worked as an expert for the European Commission and a government advisor in several countries (Croatia, Georgia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, and the Caribbean Community). She has advised the Ukrainian Labour Ministry on the development of the country's first-ever tax and social benefit microsimulation model, as well as the Romanian Labour Ministry on the design of the country's first generation of active labor market policies following the country's EU accession. Her most recent research contributions to the ILO Policy brief on Social dialogue in the post-covid era were featured in a joint ILO/OECD report on employment and incomes, which was acknowledged in the G20 Riyadh Summit Leaders Declaration. Currently, she advises and collaborates with major international organizations such as the World Economic Forum on issues of sustainable trade and labour, as well as permanent missions and country delegations to the United Nations, and employers' and workers' organizations.



  • Bonvin, J-M, Cianferoni, N., and Mexi, M. (forthcoming), Social Dialogue in the Gig Economy: A Comparative Empirical Analysis, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Mexi, M. (editor, forthcoming), Inclusive Visions of the Future of Work, joint volume with Bruegel, Centre for the Future of Work–Delphi Economic Forum, and Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. 

  • 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. 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), The Platform Economy—Time for More Democracy at Work, Social Europe, June 2021. 

  • Albrecht, T., Papadakis, K. and Mexi, M. (2021), An International Governance System for Digital Labour Platforms, in The Transformation of Work, e-book published by Social Europe and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

  • 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. (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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.