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Kirov Vassil

Senior Researcher (RBUCE Project)



Domaines d’expertise

Sociologie du Travail, des Organisations et de l’Entreprise, Sociologie des Services, Relations Professionnelles, Européanisation



Thèmes de recherche

RBUCE-UP Research project

Title: “The anchored services in Europe: the organisation of work and employee representation in the context of globalisation, contract awarding and the role of clients”

Objective: investigating the work organisation and the employees‘ representation in the 'anchored' services in Europe. Methods: secondary analysis of case studies, interviews in companies and with social partners; Sectors covered – cleaning, contract catering, waste collection, elderly care.




Ouvrages et directions d’ouvrages

Delteil, V., Kirov, V. (eds.), (2016), “Labour and Social Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: Europeanization and Beyond", London, Routledge, Routledge Studies in the European Economy, 256 p. (forthcoming in July 2016)

Holtgrewe, U., Kirov, V., Ramioul, M. (eds.)(2015), “Hard Work in New Jobs. The Quality of Work and Life in European Growth Sectors”, Houndmills, Palgrave McMillan, 328 p. (http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/hard-work-in-new-jobs-ursula-holtgrewe/?isb=9781137461070)

Kirov, V. (Ed.), Markova, E., Peycheva, D. (2014), “Forced flexibility and job insecurity” Sofia, East-West Publishing House, 256 p.(in Bulgarian), ISBN 978-619-152-546-1

Addressing quality of work in Europe”, Sofia, Ciela, 2013, p. 372, Ed. (sous la dir.), ISBN 978-954-28-1373-6

“Restructuring and Social Dialogue in Times of Crisis. Sociological Analysis”, Sofia, Editions of IIOZ, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2011, 168 p., (in Bulgarian), ISBN 978-954-8765-10-7

“Changes in work in transformation economies - The case of the new Member States”, Leuven: HIVA, 2009, 95 p.  (in co-authorship with C. Makó , M. Illéssy, P. Csizmadia and T. Galev), ISBN978-90-8836-016-9


Articles dans des Revues et Chapitres dans des ouvrages collectifs

Kirov, V., Hohnen, P. (2015), “Trade unions strategies to address inclusion of vulnerable employees in ‘anchored’ services in Europe”, International Journal of Manpower (2014 Impact Factor: 0.471), Special Issue: “Worker Vulnerability and Strategies for Inclusion” (co-written with P. Hohnen), Vol. 36 No. 6, 2015, pp. 848-873

“Action Research: An Example of Adapting and Applying Active Sociological Surveying in Bulgaria”, Sotziologuitcheski problem (Sociological Problems), Issue: 1-2/2013, pp. 67 – 90, (in Bulgarian), (in co-authorship with E. Markova and D. Peycheva)

« Conditions de travail dans le secteur des déchets en Europe et implications pour les orientations de la politique syndicale», Journal international de recherche syndicale, Vol. 4 No 2, 2012, pp. 197 – 214 (en Français, anglais et espagnol http://www.ilo.org/actrav/what/pubs/international-journal-labour-research/WCMS_207887/lang--en/index.htm) (in co-authorship with Van den Berge, Jerry)

«Changes in Work from the Global Value Change Perspective The Case of Transformation Economies: Bulgaria and Hungary », VEZETÉSTUDOMÁNY, XLII. ÉVF. 2011. 6. SZÁM, pp. 2 – 12, ISSN 0133-0179 (in co-authorship with MAKÓ, Csaba ; Illéssy, Miklós ; Csizmadia, Péter &  Todor, Galev)

‘Le dialogue social dans les Balkans : le cas de la Bulgarie et de la Macédoine’ in « Mondialisation et recomposition des relations professionnelles : in état des lieux », éditions Octares, France, 2010, pp. 212 - 222, Arnaud Mias (sous la dir.) (in co-authorship with J.-C. Prince)

« Employment in Call Centres in Bulgaria », in Work Organisation, Labour and Globalization », Vol. 3, N. 1, 2009, pp. 144 – 157, ISSN : 1745-641X (in co-authorship with K. Mircheva)

« Trade Unions in CEEs and the Challenges after the EU Accession: The Case of Bulgaria » in "Economia & Lavoro" (rivista quadrimestrale di politica economica, sociologia e relazioni industriali), anno XLII, n.3 Settembre - Decembre 2008, pp.83-94, ISSN : 0012-978X

“Labour Relations, Collective Bargaining and Employee Voice in SMEs in Central and Eastern Europe”. In: Transfer, Volume 13, Number 1: 95-113, Spring 2007 (in co-authorship with S. Stoeva)



Principales communications

"Hybrid work organisation in the construction sector in Bulgaria: employees or sub-contractors?", Social Boundaries of Work. The Varieties of Informal Work in Contemporary Societies”, Zielona Góra, Poland, 12-13 November 2015 (http://www.socialboundariesofwork.lh.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SBW_conference_programme1.pdf), (with Ekaterina Markova, Darina Peycheva)

“Anticipation and restructuring – what contribution of the social dialogue in the European banking sector?”, 2015 INTERNATIONAL CRIMT CONFERENCE,  Institutional Change and Experimentation: Shaping the Future of Work and Employment, Montreal, Canada, 21 – 23 May 2015, (http://www.crimt.org/CRIMT2015/CRIMT2015_Programme_preliminaire.pdf) (with Patrick Thill)

“Between collective action and individual labour disputes: the trade union of prison employees in Bulgaria”, Social movements in Central and Eastern Europe, ISA-RC 47 Regional conference, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 11-12 May 2015 (http://www.isarc47.org/312/) (with Ekaterina Markova)

“Restructuring and social dialogue in the Luxembourg banking sector”, 33rd International Labour Process Conference, Athens, Greece, 13 – 15 April 2015 (http://www.ilpc.org.uk/) (with Patrick Thill)

“New forms of work and employment and challenges for the social partners in Europe?” International Conference “Dynamics of Virtual Work: The Transformation of Labour in a Global Digital Economy”, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom, 3-5 September 2014, (http://dynamicsofvirtualwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Conference-Programme-3-5-September-20141.pdf)

"How Can Trade Unions Improve Quality of Work in Low-Wage Services in Europe?", XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, 13 – 19 July 2014, (https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2014/webprogram/Paper50075.html)

“Le travail dans les services, le rôle des clients et les nouvelles marginalisations”, XIVe Journées Internationales de Sociologie du Travail « Les marges du travail et de l’emploi », Lille, France, 16 – 19 June 2014 (http://jist2014.univ-lille1.fr/spip.php?article33)

“Triangular relations in the ‘anchored’ services: investigating the role of institutional customers for the quality of work”, 32nd International Labour Process Conference, London, United Kingdom, 7-9 April 2014 (http://www.ilpc.org.uk/Portals/56/ilpc2014-docs/ilpc2014-call-for-papers.pdf)

“Low wage work in Europe: is it possible to improve the quality of work in the ‘anchored’ services?”, 28th conference of AIRAANZ ‘Work, Employment and Human Resources: The redistribution of economic and social power’, Melbourne, Australia, February, 4 – 7 February 2014 (http://www.airaanzconference2014.com/AIRAANZHandbook2014-FINAL-low%20res.pdf)

“Trade unions strategies to address vulnerable employees in ‘anchored’ services in Europe”, 3rd International Conference on Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work, Toulouse, 12-13 September 2013 http://www.tbs-education.fr/en/research-faculty/3rd-international-conference-vulnerable-workers-and-precarious-work-extended-submission-deadline

“Shaping quality of work: how trade unions could impact the role of public authorities as a client of external services?”, BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference 2013, States of Work: and the interpretations of work, employment, society and the state, 3-5 September 2013 University of Warwick, UK http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/56737/wes2013_programme_final.pdf

« Stakeholder strategies to improve quality of work in Europe » walqing „Hard work? Pursuing quality of work and life in European low-wage sectors.”, 19-20.09.2012 – Viena, Asutria „Wage satisfaction of migrant workers and ethnic minorities in low wage occupations” http://www.walqing.eu/fileadmin/ConferenceHardWork_19-20Sep2012_Vienna_Programme.pdf

KIROV, Vassil « Addressing vulnerable employees: what do social partners do in problematic sectors in Europe?” (in co-authorship with Pernille Hohnen, Ursula Holtgrewe, Ekaterina Markova) IREC 2012/ ESA RN 17 Challenges for Public and Private Sector Industrial Relations and Unions in times of Crisis and Austerity, Lisbon, Portugal. 5-7.09.2012 http://conferencias.cies.iscte.pt/index.php/IREC2012/irec2012/schedConf/program

KIROV, Vassil, « Quality of work in the cleaning industry: a complex picture based on sectoral regulation and customer-driven conditions », (in co-authorship with Monique Ramioul and Jan Van Peteghem) and „Green and decent: stakeholders strategies to address quality of work in the  construction”, (in co-authorship with Hans Torvatn), 30th International Labour Process Conference, Stockholm, Sweden (ILPC conference) http://www.ilpc.org.uk/ILPC2012.aspx, 27-29.03.2012

KIROV, Vassil (in co-authorship with Ursula Holtgrewe and Ole Sørensen) “The global, the local and the networked: The quality of work and industrial relations in the waste sector in four European countries”„Across Boundaries: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Global Challenges Facing Workers & Employment Research, British Journal of Industrial Relations (BJIR) 50TH ANNIVERSARY”, December 12th-13th 2011 http://www2.lse.ac.uk/BJIR/home.aspx




  • University “Sv. Kl. Ohridski”, Master Degree Program “Labour markets and development of the human resources”, Course: “Sociological Diagnostics and Organisational Consulting”
  • Sciences Po, Collège universitaire à Dijon, “Introduction to sociology – the example of postcommunist societies” 
  • Lecturer in the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Metiers (ENSAM) – Cluny, France, Master Degree program “Management of Industrial Projects East-West”, Course: “Evolution of the enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe” 
  • Lecturer in Sciences Po Paris, 1er cycle Européen - Europe centrale et orientale de Sciences Po à Dijon, (24 hours per semester)




Member of the Editorial Board of “European Journal of Workplace Innovation” since 2015 (http://journal.uia.no/index.php/EJWI/about/displayMembership/18);

Membre du Comité editorial de la revue britannique "Work, Organisation, Labour and Globalisation” http://analytica.metapress.com/content/121034/ 

Correspondant de la revue "Les mondes du travail" depuis 2006 http://www.lesmondesdutravail.net/2_revue_1.html

Membre du « Questionnaire development group for the 6th wave of the European Working Conditions Survey », Fondation européenne pour l'amélioration des conditions de vie et de travail (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions EUROFOUND)



Formation et parcours professionnel

Docteur de l'Institut d’Etudes Poiltiques (Sciences Po), 2002

Depuis 2000 – Académie des sciences en Bulgarie (depuis avril 2012 HDR)



Mise à jour : janvier 2015

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