With my colleague and friend Roberta Cucca (University of Vienna), we have analyzed six cities in Europe, to understand whether different transitions to the post-industrial society have originated also different scenarios of labour market inequalities during austerity. The chapter is entitled “Varieties of post-Fordist transitions and labour market inequalities” and it has been published in the edited book “Unequal cities. The challenge of Post-Industrial Transition in times of austerity, published by Routledge.

The chapter analyses six cities in Europe (Milano, Manchester, Lyon, Muenchen, Barcelona and Copenhagen) to identify if there are different transitions to post-industrial society that consolidated in the last ten years. The results shows that Manchester and Milan rely on finance, Lyon and Munich on research and innovation, Barcelona and Copenhagen on urban renewal. Very briefly, cities that have been able to invest and develop in a “high road” to post- industrial transition (Munich and Lyon) have been the contexts suffering a lower crisis impact in terms of occupational structure, while cities oriented to a “low- road” have more problems in coping with the effects of the recession.