PhD Catholic University of Milano (philosophy)

Research Interests

Family arrangements and family change; gender and intergenerational relations; welfare states and social policies; poverty and social exclusion


Until 2008 Professor of sociology of family at the University of Torino, until June 2011 Research professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung.

At present:
Visiting researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Member of the "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

Selected Works

  • The Impact of Different Social-Policy Frameworks on Social Inequalities among Women in the European Union: The Labour-Market Participation of Mothers, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 2013, On line first, May 2013, with Keck W.
  • Does Cohabitation Lead to Weaker Intergenerational Bonds Than Marriage? A Comparison Between Italy and the United Kingdom,  European Sociological Review, 3, 29, 2013, pp. 549-564, with Nazio T.
  • Social inequalities in facing old-age dependency: a bi-generational perspective, Journal of European Social Policy, 20, 1, 2010, pp. 1-13.

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