Lara Monticelli is a post-doctoral research fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) – Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in Florence (Italy).
Since arriving at SNS in February 2015, Dr. Monticelli has been working together with Prof. Giliberto Capano on a comparative project about reforms in the governance of secondary level education in Europe.
Prior to joining SNS, she completed a PhD in Economic Sociology (July, 2014). Her thesis explored the occupational trajectories of Italian graduates and delineated the extent to which atypical contracts acted as stepping-stones into the labour market, or as traps, using sequence analysis.
During her M.Sc. in Economics and Social Sciences (Bocconi University, Milan) she was employed as a research fellow on two EU funded projects - YOUNEX (Youth, Unemployment and Social Exclusion, http://www.younex.unige.ch) and LOCALISE (Local Worlds of Social Cohesion - http://www.localise-research.eu) – focusing in particular on the different modes of political participation deployed by precarious workers in Europe. She also spent time as a visiting researcher (2013) at the Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE) at the University of Stockholm.
As side projects she is involved in producing a documentary film about art collectives and political street art on the island of Java (Indonesia), and is co-organising a Mini Conference at the Annual Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) titled ‘Re-Embedding the Social: New Modes of Organization, Critical Consumption and Alternative Lifestyles’. It will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, in June 2016.
As a freelance researcher and activist, Lara has collaborated on two research projects examining the history of leftist associations in Italy and their role in the production of shared cultural and political values among young people.
Please visit her personal web page on Academia.edu for more details.
Political sociology; Non-conventional and non-institutionalized political participation; Sociology of labour markets and work; Social policy; Comparative and mixed methods; Visual methods.
- Book 'I circoli giovanili ARCI nella provincia di Mantova: cultura, socialità, volontariato' (2012) with M. Bassoli and C. Pincella, Rome: Franco Angeli.
- Paper 'Laureati, precari e politicamente attivi. L’impatto del lavoro e della scuola sulle forme della partecipazione' (2012) with M. Bassoli, in ‘La ricerca sociologica e i temi del lavoro. Giovani ricercatori a confronto’, Sociologia del Lavoro, Special Issue on Italian labour market, Rome: Franco Angeli.
- Book chapter (forthcoming 2016):‘In a word that does not belong to me. Recounting unemployment experiences of contemporary Italian youth’ with S. Baglioni and M. Bassoli in ‘Jobless Youth. Marginalization, social relations and resilience’ edited by C. Lahusen and M. Giugni, London: Palgrave McMillan.
Under review or submitted
- ‘What about the welfare state? The political participation of precarious youth in the age of grievances’ (2015) with M. Bassoli.
- ‘Job Precariousness and types of political citizens amongst European youth’ (2015), with M. Bassoli.
- ‘Precarious voices: precarious workers and political participation in the city of Turin’ (2015) with M. Bassoli.
- ‘Workers’ well-being as a multidimensional concept. A comparative analysis’ (2015), with S. Baglioni. In preparation for forthcoming special issue ‘Youth Unemployment, Precarity and Well-Being in Europe’ (2016) edited by M. Giugni and J. Lorenzini on International Journal of Wellbeing (IJW).
- ‘Different worlds, same tensions? Conceptualizing the implementation of individualized activation policies’ (2015) with P. R. Graziano, D. Rice and V. Fuentes.
- ‘Climbers or prisoners of the labour market? A study on Italian graduates’ occupational trajectories using Sequence Analysis’ (2015) with R. Piccarreta.