Senior Policy Adviser
Jill Wells is a social scientist with a significant record of research and publications on economic, social and labour issues in the construction industry. She has had a long career that has straddled work in academia, government, international agencies, the private sector and civil society.
Jill has done major work on labour issues for the International Labour Organization (ILO), notably an extensive study of labour migration for work in the construction industry in three regions (the Gulf, East Asia and Europe) as well as a major survey of changes in employment relationships in the construction industry worldwide. After retiring from the ILO she has been employed by Engineers Against Poverty, from where she continues to research a range of issues (investment, procurement, corruption) which are linked to employment in construction.
In the past few years she has been working on migrant worker welfare issues in the countries of the Gulf, culminating in the publication in 2018 of an ILO White Paper: Exploratory study of good policies in the protection of construction workers in the Middle East.