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!

The VINE Lab

Welcome to the VINE lab!

Wednesday, June 19th I held the VINE lab hosted by the IGOP Summer School “Desigualtat i Barri. Com fer-hi front?”. During this event, we gathered policymakers, social workers, students and researchers to discuss the results produced by the MSCA project VINE. Goal of the day was to produce a series of recommendations that could face the phenomenon of involuntary part-time among women in Southern Europe.

Thanks to the wonderful discussion and the committment of the participants we were able to offer three main interventions, fighting against the occupational segregation, offering virtuous models that can reduce the amount of involuntary part-time among women and offering policy alternatives to decommodify labour. Soon, we will make available on this website the resulted policy recommendations.

A moment during the discussion at the IGOP Summer School.

Participate to the VINE lab!

The VINE project is very happy to announce a laboratory for policy recommendations, which is going to be held during the next IGOP Summer School in Barcelona. The event is going to take place Wednesday June 19th, 2019 (11.30-13.30).

In the event, the VINE principal Investigator Lara Maestripieri will guide a debate on involuntary part-time work and the role of local policies in fighting against the phenomenon. Participants will be required to reflect on the role of active labour market policies, local labour demand and childcare in influencing the decision-making behind accepting an unwilled part-time work.

The event is totally free of charge, but registration is required.

Laboratory will take place in Spanish.

Professions Within, Between and Beyond. A research agenda.

Finally, the special issue I have co-edited with my colleague and friend Andrea Bellini has been published by CAMBIO, an open access journal which is indexed in ERIH-Plus and ESCI Sociology. In our introduction to the special issue, we try to sketch what we think it should a research agenda for the sociology of professional groups in the next years. Within, to investigate the increasing differentiation inside each professional groups; Between, to compare different groups and their different regulation; Beyond, to understand the new role of professions in society. The introduction is freely available for download on the DDD of UAB as well.

This issue collects 9 articles from the most recent and innovative studies held in the last years on the professional groups that investigate the three above dimensions, like education, tattoo artists, project managers and many more. All articles are freely accessible on the CAMBIO website. Here is the TOC of the monographic section:

Professions Within, Between and Beyond. Varieties of Professionalism in a Globalising World – Andrea Bellini, Lara Maestripieri

What Are the Issues of Focusing on Irreducible Uncertainties in Professional Work? A Historical Outline of “Prudential Professionalism” –Florent Champy


Street-Level Workers’ Discretion in the Changing Welfare – Tatiana Saruis


«You’ve Got to Do This like a Professional – Not like One of These Scratchers!». Reconstructing the Professional Self-Understanding of Tattoo Artists – Irmgard Steckdaub-Muller


A Royal Charter Is Not Enough – How PM Professional Associations Can Continually Show the Value of Professionalisation to the Markets – Kun Wang, Ian Stewart


Torn Between Neoliberal and Postmodern Trends, Corporatist Defence and Creative Age Prospects: The Ongoing Reshaping of the Classical Music Profession in Italy – Clementina Casula

Italian Teachers: A Profession in Transition? – Micol Bronzini, Elena Spina


Socio-Professional Integration and International Mobility: The Case of French Engineers Under the France-Quebec Mutual Recognition Arrangements – Jean-Luc Bédard, Marta Massana


Managing Knowledge Standards at the Periphery of Professional Knowledge Development: The Case of the Philippine Accountancy Profession and International Accounting Standards Harmonisation – Erwin Francisco Rafael


Professional Boundaries in Transnational IT Workspaces – Esther Ruiz Ben

Work is a gender issue

I have been invited by the Huffington Post to give a comment on the recent change in family policy by the Italian government. In fact, the new populist government has decided to cut a cash transfer to families that opt for renouncing to the non-compulsory parental leave.

In the post, I raise the economic underpinnings of this choice, as women’s employment also affects the economic growth in general. In fact, if not for equality issue, favouring the participation of women to labour market is a matter of competitivity. My comments stem from the preliminary results of the VINE project.

CfP on Professions and Organization, at the next ISA Forum 2020

I am so happy to announce that I will be coordinating a very interesting joint session at the next ISA Forum 2020, devoted to professions and organization. The session is entitled Professional Occupations and Organizations and it is a joint session of RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups and Rc17 Sociology of Organization. I have the honour to be supported by Mirko Noordegraaf and Daniel Muzio in this task.

The next ISA Forum will be held in Porto Alegre, July 14-18 2020. You have up to September 30th, 2019 to send your proposal to the session. Please access the submission system through the ISA Website.