In January 2020, I have participated in the 2020 SISEC conference in Turin presenting the last paper from my MSCA project VINE. The paper is entitled “Dualization and Involuntary Part-Time across six countries in Europe. What matters in the explanation of households’ economic security”. Continua llegint
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.
I am very proud to announce that my project VINE, financed under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie program of the European Commission, is going to participate to the Sociology Week Festival, which is going to take place in the first week in October.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.