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Maria MEXI

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



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.

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 organisations (ILO), and provided expert opinion in issues related to the harmonization of national policy and governance tools with EU and UN frameworks. She joined the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Geneva in 2014 where she is co-leading three transnational, interdisciplinary teams conducting research on automation and the future of work, social and solidarity economy, EU migration and labour market integration. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and the Director of the Greek think tank DIKTIO – Network for Reform in Greece and Europe.




  • 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. (2018), ''Greece'', in Federico, V. and Lahusen, Ch. (eds), Solidarity as a Public Virtue? Law and Public Policies in the European Union.

  • Mexi, M. (2017), ''The Unfinished Story of Youth Precarity and Struggle in Greece'', The Middle East in London Journal, Vol. 13, No.3 (April-May 2017).

  • Moreno Russi, P. and Mexi, M. (forthcoming), ''Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers: The Swiss Experience'' 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.