Ilias Livanos is a Cedefop expert. Working in the Department for VET and skills, Ilias heads two flagship Cedefop projects; the Skills forecast and the European skills index. Ilias is an economist by training, with a master’s degree in Industrial Relations and a PhD in employment research, both from the University of Warwick. Ilias worked in the UK academia for about a decade before joining Cedefop, teaching and conducting research in education, skills and the labour market. His expertise is in labour economics, education economics, and industrial relations. Ilias blends quantitative and qualitative techniques and skills while he specialises in using large scale datasets, such as the European labour force survey. Ilias has published articles in various top-ranking journals including Industrial Relations: a Journal of Economy and Society, Regional Studies, Industrial and Economic Democracy, Journal of Economic Studies, Education Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Higher Education, the International Journal of Manpower, Personnel Review, and the Journal of Labour Research.