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School of Business and Management

Dr Maria Koumenta


Senior Lecturer in Work and Labour Market Analysis

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6925
Room Number: Room 4.25c, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Office Hours: Tuesday 1.00pm - 3.00pm





  • BUSM049: International Reward Management
  • BUSM110: Human Resource Management


Research Interests:

Dr. Koumenta is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Work and Labour Market Analysis. Her research activities are in the fields of labour economics and labour market policy. Dr. Koumenta works on labour market issues relating to pay, pay inequality, gender and ethic pay gaps and non-standard forms of employment in the labour market. She is one of the leading world experts on occupational regulation and has various articles and research reports in leading journals on this topic. Her work explores the characteristics and prevalence of occupational regulation and analyses its impact on labour market outcomes such as earnings, skills, employment and migration.

She has led various projects funded by the UK government and the European Commission and has provided testimony and policy advice to UK government departments (HM Treasury, BEIS, Department of Health), parliamentary committees, and officials at the European Commission.

Dr. Koumenta is on the Editorial Board of Work, Employment & Society and the Industrial Relations Journal. She is also a regular reviewer for the British Journal of Industrial Relations. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Knee Centre for the Analysis of Occupational Regulation, St. Francis University, USA.

Maria was awarded her PhD from the LSE where she also worked as a researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance.

Centre and Group Membership:



Journal articles

  • Greene, A. M., Kirton, G., Koumenta, M., & Humphris, A. (2021). The gender representation gap: implications for workplace union effectiveness. Industrial Relations Journal52(1), 40-63.
  • Horton, J., Kiosse, P.V, Koumenta, M, and Mitrou, E. (2020) The Role of CEOs in the Sustainability of Defined Benefit Pension Plans, Human Resource Management Journal,   Early View:
  • Williams, M., & Koumenta, M. (2020). Occupational closure and job quality: The case of occupational licensing in Britain. Human Relations73(5), 711-736.)
  • Koumenta, M., & Pagliero, M. (2019). Occupational regulation in the European Union: coverage and wage effects. British Journal of Industrial Relations57(4), 818-849.
  • Koumenta, M., & Williams, M. (2019). An anatomy of zero‐hour contracts in the UK. Industrial Relations Journal50(1), 20-40. 


Reports & book chapters


Areas of Supervision Expertise:

Dr Koumenta is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of empirical labour economics, work and labour market analysis. You are welcome to contact Dr Koumenta ( to discuss your proposal and ideas.

Current Doctoral Students:

1st Supervisor

  • Subin Hachhethu,  ‘Human resource analytics and human resource legitimacy’


2nd Supervisor

  • Ying Cui, ‘Social Returns to Education – Evidence from China’
  • Rebecca Florisson, 'Career mobility over the life course.' 

PhD Supervision Completions:

  • Esther Arenas-Arroyo, 'Labour Market Outcomes of Undocumented Migrants.' Awarded 2015.
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