Irina Burlacu is a researcher, lecturer and social entrepreneur (originally from Republic of Moldova, residing in the Netherlands).


Graduated from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and United Nations University/UNU-MERIT, Maastricht in 2014 with a doctoral degree in the field of public policy and policy analysis. Her work focuses on the implications of structural differences in social schemes and income taxes regimes on the welfare of individuals who earn their income in different countries. Her PhD project lasted for 5 years (2009 – 2014) and resulted in publication of 3 book chapters and 2 journal articles, a series of presentations and nominations at international events. The project was possible with the financial support of the Fonds National de la Recherche, Luxembourg, 1096501* National Research Fund in Luxembourg and the supervision of Prof. Cathal O’Donoghue. Under the promotorship of Prof. Hildegard Schneider, the legal expertise was provided.


My background is predominantly stemming from academia and policy research, with a recent business development track.

Interests and passions: free movement for work in the EU, cross-border work, comparative social policy, public policy, governance, EU welfare state, social security coordination, personal taxation, social entrepreneurship, women in business, corporate responsibility and leadership.

Feel free to contact me in ENG, RO, RU, IT, FR or NL at:





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