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.

Work is a gender issue

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.

Interviewed on Women and Work

During the last Jobless Society Forum (June 13th), the Foundation Feltrinelli has interviewed me on the topic of Women and Work. During the video, I briefly explain the results of the discussion organised during the Third Edition of the Jobless Society in which we focus on the ambivalences of part-time employment and the quality of the work that women can access.

You can access the video on youtube, the interview is in Italian. Women and Work is the topic of my MSCA project VINE – Social Vulnerability and its Intersections.

Vine @Third Jobless Society Forum, Milano

The third edition of the Jobless Society Forum will take place at Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in Milano, Wednesday June 13th. I am very honoured to take place as coordinator of the workshop “Women’s Work”, which is going to discuss the role of women in labour markets and the evolution of women’s work in Italy during the last years of crisis. Scope of the workshop will be the identification of the key questions that represents the current shortcoming of women’s integration in labour markets, but also identifying key policies and actions that might allow to cope with increasing destandardization and precarisation of women’s jobs. You can access the recommendation of the table here (available in Italian).
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