Principle Researcher, Future of Work
Dr Chrystalla Kapetaniou is a Principal Researcher.
Chrystalla leads a number of projects addressing jobs and skills challenges by building international, multi-sector partnerships. The labour market has been knocked by major shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, automation and climate change. Chrystalla's projects are building actionable evidence that aims to reduce social inequality and long-term job insecurity.
These include FutureFit, a major training and research programme, supported by Google.org and in partnership with Europe’s largest unions, leading researchers, employers and adult learning experts, that is upskilling 1,000 workers and Digital Frontrunners, an active future of work network for over 300 senior policymakers.
Working in collaboration with the Sustainable Future mission at Nesta, Chrystalla is also developing new projects that support the UK’s decarbonisation agenda, focusing on what is required to prepare the UK workforce with green skills and jobs for the transition to a net-zero economy.
Chrystalla has authored Becoming FutureFit, Education for All, and Learning in a Pandemic, and co-authored Going Green. The reports address the impact of automation and green transition on work and skills, and explores how adult learning can tackle inequality and social exclusion.
Prior to Nesta, Chrystalla worked as a Special Scientist on Innovation as part of the program Employment in Europe funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and led by Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides. Since 2010, she has been leading and/or working on national and international research projects in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy, and held academic positions at a number of universities in the UK and Cyprus. Her previous professional experience includes various consultancy roles, for commercial, not-for-profit organisations and government institutions in the UK and Cyprus. Chrystalla has a PhD in Innovation Management from Kent Business School, University of Kent, and a Master’s degree in Operational Research from the LSE.
Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed academic journals such as Small Business Economics and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Her most recent academic publication is titled Productive robots and industrial employment: the role of national innovation systems. She is an active reviewer for a wide range of journals in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Chrystalla is passionate about creating an inclusive environment where individuals from different backgrounds are given an equal opportunity to participate in, and reap the benefits of, a green and digital economy.