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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). 

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 and Buenos Aires. 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).

Besides my PhD, I support the Institute for Social Research (IRS – Milan) on a project on social policy development in Chile and work as a Research Assistant in various other projects.

Latest publication: Cigna, L. (2021). Looking for a North Star? Ideological justifications and trade unions’ preferences for a Universal Basic Income. European Journal of Industrial Relations.