Prof.dr. Irma Mooi-Reci 

Labour Market Expert



Irma Mooi-Reci (born in Tirana, Albania) is a Professor of Labour Sociology and Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) and Adjunct Professorial Fellow of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, at the University of Melbourne. Irma served as a Deputy Editor of the renowned journal Gender & Society (2019-2023) and was Head of Sociology at the University of Melbourne (2017-2020).

Irma is a leading expert on labour market research and life course dynamics. Over the past 15 years of her academic career, she has rigorously researched labour market and career dynamics to understand how dirsuptive events such as - unemployment, underemployment, early disadvantage and the changing nature of work - shape labour market inequalities for workers and their families. Irma's work has been recognised through various prizes, grants and visiting fellowships including visiting positions at the Nuffield College, Oxford University (2017), the University of Madison, Wisconsin in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Federal Institute for Population Research in Wiesbaden, Germany (2022) and the Centre for Politics of Inequality, Haifa, Israel (2023). 

Irma is a seasoned lecturer, supervisor, and mentor and has led and designed various graduate and postgraduate programs. She presents her work at major international conferences and is regularly invited to participate in workshops and events. Her work has appeared in various leading journals, including Human Relations (FT-50 journal), Social Science Research, European Sociological Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, and Social Forces. She is co-author of the award-winning book Market Research using Stata

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New! Australian Research Council Grant - The Consequences of Non-Standard Employment on Fertility (2021-2024)

This new project aims to investigate the role of temporary, casual, and part-time paid work (non-standard employment) on Australians’ fertility behaviour (childbirth intentions and outcomes). It expects to use high-quality longitudinal data and engage in novel quasi-experiments (policy changes) to identify new causal mechanisms and pathways between employment types and fertility.

Expected outcomes include a novel interdisciplinary theoretical framework, the most up-to-date empirical evidence on this topic in Australia, high-quality research outputs and training, and clear work and family policy recommendations. This should significantly benefit families, communities, governments and organisations to lift productivity.

Australian Research Council -Discovery project (2016-2022):

Intergenerational Effects of Joblessness

This project, which is currently completed, aimed to investigate the ‘ingredients’ – mechanisms, channels, drivers – that linked early childhood exposure to parental joblessness with (early) adult education and labour market outcomes. Findings from our research have helped in the refinement of theories on intergenerational transmission of disadvantage, and have provided important insights to break cycles of disadvantage.

Learn more about the findings from our large-scale study on the intergenerational transmission of joblessness in Australia and internationally, here.


Our book Market Research using Stata (with Mooi, E and Sarstedt, M) has been ranked #22 in the list of 100 Best Market Research Books of All Time - by Book Authority

Would you like to download or purchase our book and learn more about regression, factor analysis, principal component analysis or cluster analysis using Stata? Follow the link HERE. Our book is also available at the Stata bookstore.