CfP The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe

I am so happy to announce the Call for Papers of the new Research Topic published in Frontiers in Sociology. The CfP is entitled “The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe” and it is coedited with Christiana Ierodiakonou, from the University of Cyprus.

The Call for Papers aims to explore how gender and non-standard employment might explain the exposure to economic insecurity in Southern Europe. We call for contributions that apply an intersectional frame, studying gender in combination with different dimensions of inequalities (e.g. migrant backgrounds, classes, living in peripherical or fragile territories, etc). The following type of papers are welcomed: comparative or one-country cases in Southern Europe, theoretical or empirical studies, qualitative or quantitative analysis.

Please send your expression of interest to lara.maestripieri@gmail.com. Abstract submission closes February 15th, 2020.

This initiative is part of the dissemination activities made thanks to the MSCA Funded Project VINe, G.A. 747433

New article online on VINE

In the last week, the Italian online observatory on social policies has published an article on mine, based on the results of the VINe project. The article (in Italian) is entitled “Part-time involontario nel Sud Europa. Una nuova forma di precarietà per le donne?” and it resumes the main results published in the chapter written with M. Leon, published in “Part-Time Work, the new normal?” edited by H. Nicolaisen, H. C. Kavli and R. Steen Jensen for Policy Press.

Enjoy it!

VINE at the Sociology Week

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 event is going to take place in Catania, October 8th 2019. During the seminar, which is going to address a general public I will discuss the results of my project showing the growth of involuntary part-time in Southern Europe among women and its relationships with the increasing economic insecurity of households. See you there!

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.