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Foreword

With the upcoming retirement of Wiemer Salverda as director of AIAS, I have taken over his task of editing the biannual AIAS Newsletter. Since we do not intend to change the editorial policy of the Newsletter, I hope that this succession, apart from these introductory words, will actually go unnoticed to the readers! We will keep informing the members of the large national and international network of AIAS of our activities in the preceding half year and the projects and events that we are planning for the next months.

Thus, as always, this letter gives an extensive overview of the many publications, working papers and contributions to academic and professional journals and books, that were published by the AIAS staff since the Summer of 2011. Many of them are the result of longer-term research programmes, such as the GINI project on the consequences of growing inequalities or the Wage Indicator project. Others are the outcome of short-term studies, some of which are commissioned by external funders, such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) or the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
Although academic and professional publications are the main output of the research at AIAS, the institute also regularly organises workshops, conferences, seminars et cetera, to disseminate the results of research of both our own institute and of researchers who work elsewhere. To give an example, AIAS is co-organiser of the two-yearly Dutch Labour Market Day (Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt Dag, NAD), which took place on 6 October 2011, in co-operation with Regioplan and Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This Newsletter also looks ahead to the activities in the coming year. This spring, AIAS will start a new research programme on freedom of choice with respect to occupational pension funds, which is funded by the SIG Foundation (Stichting Instituut Gak). A complete list of current research projects is included in this Newsletter.
In her column, AIAS researcher Janna Besamusca addresses the very topical problem of low-paid work and the increasing number of working-poor, thus illustrating the societal relevance of scientific research in this area.
Apart from our research projects, AIAS also offers some educational programmes and AIAS staff is involved in the teaching of the faculties of Law and of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The last part of this Newsletter informs you about these activities. Last autumn, AIAS started a new cycle of post-academic courses (leergangen) on labour issues for professionals working in the field of HRM, industrial relations, labour market policies, et cetera. Moreover, this year AIAS will start with a course for trainers of works councils and it will continue its course for PhD candidates who are working outside the university.

The world of work and employment is constantly changing and offers a challenging area for academic research. The growth of flexible employment, the consequences of the global economic crisis, the trend of increasing income inequalities, the necessity of austerity policies all pose challenges to national governments, supranational organisations, trade unions, employers’ associations and companies that have to accommodate their policies to changing circumstances. Research on labour issues, that is founded in a strong academic tradition but keeps an open eye for current developments, is therefore indispensable. AIAS will continue contributing to this body of scientific knowledge and we will keep you up to date of the results of our studies by means of this Newsletter.

Paul de Beer

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