Irma’s research agenda encompasses three main areas: (1) the socioeconomic consequences of disruptive events such as unemployment, joblessness and casual employment; (2) the intergenerational consequences of joblessness; (3) application and innovation of quantitative methods for panel data. Her work has appeared in various outlets including Human Relations, Social Science Research, European Sociological Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations,Social Forces and other journals. Irma has held various visiting positions including positions at the University of Madison Wisconsin over the period between 2010 and 2012 and at University of Oxford (Nuffield College) in 2017. Over her career she has directed Master Programs and taught various courses at undergraduate, graduate and PhD level on both quantitative as well as substantive topics.
Irma is Deputy Editor of the journal Gender & Society (#1 journal in Women's studies) and editorial board member of the journal Social Science Research (44/148 in Sociology). She served in the Advisory Editorial Board of the renowned journal Social Problems between 2014-2108.