Janna Besamusca is assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2019 for her research into the position of mothers in the labour market in middle- and high-income countries.
Besamusca is a labor sociologist interested in work and family issues, (minimum) wages and working hours. She has conducted research into decent work in low wage sectors, wages in collective bargaining, self-employment and motherhood, and the effects of work-family policies on mothers’ labour market position. Besamusca is the principle investigator of the BARWAGE project, that interrogates importance of collective bargaining for wage setting in the European Union. She is a part of a multi-university COGIS_NL team that researches how Dutch parents combine work and family in times of COVID-19.