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School of Business and Management

Dr Maria Koumenta


Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Telephone: +44 (0)207 882 6925
Room Number: Mile End, Francis Bancroft Building, Room 4.25C
Office Hours: Tuesday, 1pm–3pm



Alumni Engagement Coordinator
Third Year Academic Advisor

Postgraduate Teaching

  • International Reward Management (BUSM049)
  • Dissertation for International Human Resource Management & Employment Relations (BUSM102)


Research Interests:

Dr. Koumenta’s research activities are in the fields of labour economics, labour market policy and employment relations. She is one of the leading world experts on occupational regulation and has published research reports and articles in leading journals on this topic. Her work explores the characteristics and prevalence of occupational regulation, analyses its impact on labour market outcomes such as earnings, skills, employment and migration, and compares it to other labour market institutions such as unionism. 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 also works on broader labour market issues relating to earnings, earnings inequality and non-standard forms of employment in the labour market.

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




Conference papers and Invited Presentations 

  • Koumenta, M., Pagliero, M, and Dai, L. (2019) Occupational Regulation and Immigrant Earnings: Evidence from the EU, Labour and Employment Relations Association Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • Koumenta, M (2018) Occupational Regulation in the UK and EU, Occupational Licensing Over Time and Across Countries Conference, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, IL
  • Koumenta, M. and Williams, M. (2018) The Bifurcated Nature of Flexible Working Across the Occupational Structure: The Case of Zero-Hour Contracts in the United Kingdom, International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) Conference, Seoul, South Korea
  • Koumenta, M. (2017) Evidence on the Quality Effects of Occupational Licensing, Professional Services: How Does Occupational Regulation Matter?, European Commission Conference, Brussels
  • Koumenta, M. and Pagliero, M. (2017) Occupational Regulation in the EU: Prevalence and Labour Market Effects, EU Conference on Occupational Regulation, Turin, Italy
  • Koumenta, M. (2016) Prevalence and Wage Effects of Occupational Regulation in the EU, Single Market Forum: Reforming Regulation of Professions, European Commission Conference, Brussels
  • Koumenta, M. (2015) Regulating Professions: Public Interest Protection vs Rent-Seeking, Modernising Access to Professions, European Commission Conference, Warsaw
  • Koumenta, M. (2014) Occupational Regulation and Trade Unionism: A Comparison of Two Labour Market Institutions in the UK, American Economic Association, San Diego, January
  • Koumenta, M. (2014) Understanding the Effects of Occupational Regulation: An Evidence-Based Policy Making Approach, Regulating Occupations: Effects and Way Forward, European Commission Conference, Berlin
  • Bryson, A., Forth, J., Humphris, A., Kleiner, M. and Koumenta, M. (2012) ‘The Effects of Occupational Licensing on Wages, American Economic Association, Chicago, IL



Supervision Interests: Empirical labour economics, Employment relations

Current Doctoral Students

  • Ying Cui: ‘Social Returns to Education in China’

PhD Supervision Completions

  • Esther Arenas-Arroyo (2015)