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Research

My research interests focus on welfare and labour market regulation, subnational social investment delivery, varieties of capitalism and the relationship between policy ideas and institutional change. 


I’m currently working on the following projects:

– “Welfare States, Labor Markets, Social Investment and the Digital Transformation”, coordinated by Anton Hemerijck (EUI) and Werner Eichhorst (University of Bremen and IZA);  
– “Mediterranean Capitalism revised”, coordinated by Marino Regini (Univ. of Milano), Emmanuele Pavolini (Univ. of Macerata) and Luigi Burroni (Univ. of Florence)
– “Work in the gig economy: public debate and policy responses to digital platforms” funded by Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. 

The project I’ve developed at the EUI (2017-2019) explored the different national and local delivery of one of the key principles of the European employment strategy, the idea of active inclusion.
In order to explain the diverse domestic interpretations of this policy idea, I focused on the interplay between national regulatory architectures and the role played by political and social actors in the local contexts, which leads to diverse outcomes in terms of inclusion/exclusion of specific groups of people.
My research pays particular attention to vulnerable groups, such as migrants, women, young people and the low skilled unemployed. I have analyzed the transposition of active inclusion through three case-studies, France, Sweden and Spain, and by combining different types of methodological approaches: process-tracing and analysis of regulatory and policy documents, together with semi-structured interviews with stakeholders (policy makers, social partners and street-level bureaucrats) conducted in Lyon, Gothenburg and Barcelona.

This project builds on my two main previous research experiences. the first one consists in my phd research, conducted at the university of Florence, which explored how individual socio-economic conditions and personal experiences shape the different narratives of Europe shared by various groups of Europeans. in that research I highlighted the relationship between social inequality and diverse types of European identity.

The second research experience is the project ‘active inclusion and industrial relations from a multi-level governance perspective (airmulp)’, on which I started to work immediately after my phd and that was funded by the European commission – dg employment, social affairs and inclusion in December 2014. this project analyzed the role played by social partners in the implementation of the EU strategy of active inclusion at EU, national and territorial levels, vertical coordination among different levels of governance and horizontal coordination between policies and