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Biography

I am a political scientist and PhD candidate at the European University Institute (EUI).

What is the future of trade unions in post-industrial capitalism? 

In my thesis, I explore union strategies as European welfare states transition into the knowledge economy. My focus is on how organized labour takes stock of current transformations and supports policies that address the new social risks (e.g.  early-age poverty, education gaps, labour market insecurity, work-family reconciliation). The project is funded by the ERC research programme WellSIRe (led by Prof. Anton Hemerijck).  

From September 2023 to February 2024 I visited the MIT Department of Political Science, under the supervision of Prof. K. Thelen. The stay was supported by the Italian Fulbright Commission – Amb. Ortona Scholarship.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Policy at Sciences Po (Paris) and a BA in Political Science at the University of Bologna, with visiting periods at University of California-Berkeley, Buenos Aires and the AIAS-University of Amsterdam. Between 2019 to 2020, I was Research Fellow at the Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan and Economic and Social Policy Trainee at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

Latest publication: Cigna, L. (2023). Bread or roses? Trade unions, female employment and the expansion of work-family policies. Journal of European Public Policy.