During the EU funded project FLOWS, I co-authored with R. Cucca a chapter to study the relation between the economic specialization of cities and the capacity of local productive systems to integrate women into labour markets. The chapter is entitled “Urban Economic Specialization and Women’s Integration into the Labour Market in 11 European Cities” and it is published in the book from M. Kuronen and D. Kutsar “Local welfare policy making in European Cities“, by Springer. 

The chapter shows how quantity and quality of women’s employment is influenced by the urban economic specialization, thanks to a comparison of 11 cities in Europe. We analyze the effect of crisis in the capacity of the system to integrate women’s in labour market, but also the quality of their employment by taking in account the structure of local labour demand and the characteristics of women’s supply.