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Arianna Tassinari


Arianna recently submitted her PhD thesis in Industrial Relations at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Her doctoral studies (2015-2019) were funded by a full 4-year studentship from the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Since September 2019, Arianna is a postdoctoral Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Arianna holds a BA in Politics and Development Studies from SOAS, University of London and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford. During her PhD, she held visiting positions at the University of Milan (Italy), at ISCTE-IUL (Portugal), and at University College Dublin (Ireland). Arianna’s research interests span comparative political economy, industrial relations and social policy. She is interested in studying the adaptation of labour market policy, industrial relations and welfare state institutions in the face of adjustment pressures Рfrom economic crisis to technological change.

Her PhD thesis analysed the changing role of organised producer groups in crisis-responsive policymaking across four peripheral Eurozone countries during the Great Recession. She has also cultivated a parallel research agenda on the impact of digitalisation and of the platform/gig economy on labour relations. Arianna has published her work in various international peer-reviewed journals such as Socio-Economic Review, Work, Employment and Society, and Transfer, and has co-authored several book chapters and op-eds.

In her free time, she likes to write and comment on current affairs and all labour-related issues - in the UK, Italy and beyond.

Research interests

Arianna's research interests span across the fields of comparative political economy, industrial relations and social policy.

Her first line of current research focuses on the comparative political economy of labour market regulation and employment relations. She is interested in the political processes which underpin change and reproduction of labour market, industrial relations and welfare state institutions, and in the role of trade unions and employers' organisations as political and policy-making actors. She also has a specific interest in the political economy of Southern European countries and in the politics of European integration.

Her second line of research focuses broadly on the impacts of digitalisation and automation on work, employment relations and on labour market and welfare institutions, especially in relation to the emergence of the so-called 'platform' or 'gig economy'. She is interested in investigating the emerging forms of labour organising and mobilisation of precarious workers in the gig economy, and in analysing the responses of trade unions, established industrial relations institutions and policy-makers to these phenomena.

Arianna's previous research has focused on the analysis of changes in labour market and employment policy during the Great Recession across various European countries, such as Italy, Spain and the UK, and on the labour market situation of young people during the crisis.

Teaching experience

Arianna has taught on a number of undergraduate employment relations and politics modules within Warwick Business School and the Politics and International Studies department at Warwick:

  • PO102 - Political Research in the 21st Century
  • IB2490 - Global Environment of Business
  • IB2400 - Understanding Employment Relations.

She is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. In 2019, she was a winner of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates who Teach and of the WBS Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award.

Arianna Tassinari



a dot tassinari at warwick dot ac dot uk

Twitter: @Ari_Tassinari