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Lafuente Hernandez Sara

Collaboratrice scientifique 

European Trade Union Institute is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union (ETUI)



Sara holds a PhD on Political Science and Law by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha entitled “Democracy at work under Europeanisation. An institutional and socio-political analysis of worker representation on boards”. She has lectured on structure of the enterprise, labour relations and collective bargaining, and assesses dissertations in the Master on Work Sciences at ULB. Sara counts with number of publications and a large experience in advising practitioners and stakeholders on her fields of expertise. She is a member of the editing committee of Travail, Emploi, Formation, and a co-founder of the interdisciplinary Democratizing Work global network and the Spanish Plataforma por la Democracia Económica.  Before joining the ETUI as a researcher, Sara held an Early Stage Researcher position at the ULB within the Marie Curie ITN Changing Employment project, conducting research on multi-level European industrial relations in outsourcing contexts and the networked transnational firm. Prior to that, she was a practising labour lawyer in Spain for four years. She has a Master 2 in research on Legal Theory and Analysis by the EHESS, Université Paris X-Nanterre and ENS-Ulm and a double Licenciatura in Law and Political Science by the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid.


Travaux sélectionnés

Sara Lafuente Hernandez

The Europeanisation of board-level employee representation in France

In France, the legal obligation for private-sector companies to have, under certain conditions, one or two employee representatives on their boards goes hand in hand with the possibility for the company to decide to have its European Works Council (EWC) or SE Works Council (SE-WC) appoint the second.

Sara Lafuente Hernandez, Stan De Spiegelaere, Romuald Jagodzinski

Friends in high places

Policy implications European Works Councils (EWC) face many limitations in terms of timing and quality of information and consultation. One way of addressing this is through communication with board-level employee representatives. The mere presence of a board-level employee representative is not... Find out more


Domaines d'intérêt

Democracy at work, workers' participation, board-level employee representation, multi-level industrial relations, EU and Spanish industrial relations and labour law.

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Mis à jour le 28 juillet 2023