CfP The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe

I am so happy to announce the Call for Papers of the new Research Topic published in Frontiers in Sociology. The CfP is entitled “The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe” and it is coedited with Christiana Ierodiakonou, from the University of Cyprus.

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New article online on VINE

In the last week, the Italian online observatory on social policies has published an article on mine, based on the results of the VINe project. The article (in Italian) is entitled “Part-time involontario nel Sud Europa. Una nuova forma di precarietà per le donne?” and it resumes the main results published in the chapter written with M. Leon, published in “Part-Time Work, the new normal?” edited by H. Nicolaisen, H. C. Kavli and R. Steen Jensen for Policy Press.

Enjoy it!

Presenting VINE at DAStU Polimi

In the seminar cycle on Vulnerability and Insecurity organised by Costanzo Ranci (Laboratory of Social Policies), I will be presenting my project MSCA VINE in the frame of the Eccellence Project of DASTtU Department. The seminar will revolve around a theorisation of risk and vulnerability, and its relationship with territorial fragility.

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Qualitative methods in San Salvador

The first week of September, I have been visiting the University of El Salvador invited as guest lecturer of qualitative methods at the Master of Political Science.

The Master is the first activated in this small country that has a difficult past and a present full of hopes. My students are a new generation, deeply involved in the development of their country and they have been enthusiastically learning techniques for investigating social phenomenona by understanding social process occurring in their country.

The VINE Policy Recommendations are available!

The project VINE studies the relationship between gender and the economic insecurity of families, focusing in particular on the role of involuntary part-time work in Southern Europe. One of the scope of the project was the development of policy recommendations to fight this phenomenon in Europe.

The Policy recommendations – now available in Spanish on the UAB DDD – have been developed during the VINE lab, held in the Escola d’Estiu IGOP the past June. In the document, policy-makers and stakeholders can access the three main policy interventions that municipalities can promote to fight women’s segregation into involuntary part-time employment: communication against women’s segregation into certain sectors/occupations more exposed to this type of contract, more stringent requirements for public contracts and universal basic income combined with paid training.

The VINE policy recommendations especially draws the attention on the role of labour demand and the local productive systems in provoking women’s segregation into certain sectors. One of the main lines of intervention for local bodies favours the reconversion of the local productive system to advanced business services and technologically-advanced manufacturing, which offers better working conditions and more gender equality.

VINE Kit for Secondary Schools

It is now available online the VINE Didactic Kit for Secondary School, using the results of the project VINE. The kit has been developed for Spanish Secondary Schools and it is available in Catalan and Spanish. The VINE Kit is available in two different versions: for professors, with extended explications and activities planned for classwork and for students, in which the same content is explained with a simple and accessible language.

The VINE kit presents the main concepts used in the analysis of VINE: economic insecurity, non-standard work and unpaid work. It uses original analysis from the project, combined with data coming from different secondary sources that allow for a more in-depth comprehension of the role of gender in determining the economic insecurity of families.

All VINE reports are available online in open access though the Digital Document Deposit managed by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

About Part-Time Work in Italy and Spain

It is finally out the book “Dualisation of Part-Time Work. The development of labour market insiders and outsiders”, edited by Heidi Nicolaisen, Hanne C. Kavli and Ragnhild S. Jensen. In this book you will find a chapter written by Margarita León and me about part-time work in Italy and Spain. The book is edited by Policy Press and it is also available in digital formats.

This is the wonderful forefront!

In the chapter, we analyze the growth of “bad” part-time suffered during the year of crisis in South Europe and we apply an intersectional approach to see how distinct groups of women suffer from deteriorating conditions when employed part-time. One of the most important results is that indeed some groups of women (i.e. high-educated young women without children) are in the majority involuntarily employed part-time, up to 90% of total part-timers.

It has been a great honor to be part of this project thanks to the my MSCA project VINE and sharing the same book with scholars like Heejung Chung, Arne Kalleberg, Mara Yerkes and Birgit Pfau-Effinger. Definitely, a dream coming truth!