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.