Doctoral Programme


LISER is a Luxembourgish public research institute, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. LISER's research focuses mainly on the fields of social and economic policies, including their spatial dimension.

Through its empirical and theoretical work, the institute's mission is to provide the scientific community and society with clear, relevant and solid answers. The objective is to develop a sharp understanding of socio-economic mechanisms and their spatio-temporal dimensions in order to contribute to the development of better policies and to lay the foundations for a future strategic vision for our society.

LISER is composed of three research departments: Labour Market, Living Conditions, Urban Development and Mobility.

Labour Market

Research areas

  • Career paths and the role of skills on employability
  • Combating unemployment and labour market participation of target groups such as mothers, young people and older workers
  • Dispute resolution and labour law
  • European employment policy
  • Human resources and behavioural economics
  • Labour relations and collective agreements
  • Link between national policies and the regional and international mobility of workers
  • Migration and cross-border workers; Greater Region and Europe
Living Conditions

Research areas

  • Analysis of social policy
  • Child poverty
  • Equal opportunities and territorial inequalities
  • Health and ageing
  • Inequality and education
  • Integration and assimilation of foreigners
  • Microsimulation methods
  • Poverty, discrimination and inequality
  • SHARE (Study of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe)
  • Social cohesion and wellbeing
  • Social inclusion
  • Social indicators
  • Social mobility and the dynamics of incomes and wages
  • Socio-economic inequalities in health
  • Sustainability of pension systems and the Welfare State
  • Taxation, social policies, employment and inequality
  • Work/life balance
Urban Development & Mobility

Research areas

  • Cross-border integration: practices and representations
  • Cross-border metropolitan areas and the role of the media
  • Cross-border territorial cooperation and planning
  • Evaluation of national and cross-border transport networks
  • Healthy ageing, urban environment and mobility
  • Housing policy
  • Housing prices modelling
  • Individual mobility behaviour: practices and representations
  • Interaction between transport systems and land use
  • Land use and availability
  • New forms of mobility and sustainability
  • Social mutations and access to housing
  • Spatial planning and urban social policy
  • Specialisation of financial centres

In addition, the survey and data center team is in charge of data collection through face-to-face and online surveys, research in survey methodology and survey statistics, as well as creation and management of databases in social sciences.

The Institute employs around 140 people, of whom more than 70 are researchers and PhD candidates. The research team represents a high degree of interdisciplinarity and includes demographers, economists, geographers, legal experts, political scientists, psychologists, social scientists, and statisticians.