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Arianna Tassinari


I am a final-year PhD student in Industrial Relations at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, where I am affiliated to the Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU). My PhD has been funded by a 4-year full studentship from the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

My research focuses on the political economy of labour market policy and industrial relations regulation in the context of the Eurozone crisis and its aftermath. My doctoral thesis, which I will submit in summer 2019, investigates how the role of unions and employers organisations in policy-making has evolved in the aftermath of crisis in four countries of the Eurozone periphery: Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. The thesis investigates the causes and implications of changes in the dynamics of tripartite interest intermediation in Eurozone peripheral countries over 2008-2018; and interrogates the role that unions and employers' organisations have played in shaping processes of structural labour market and social policy reforms during the crisis decade. My research has been published in international journals such as Socio-Economic Review; Work, Employment and Society; and Transfer.

Prior to my PhD, I worked as a research trainee at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in Dublin (Ireland); and as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) in Brighton, UK, where I authored several publications on working conditions, industrial relations, labour market and skills policy in the UK and the EU. During my PhD, I have held visiting positions in Italy (at the Department of Social and Political Studies of the University of Milan), Portugal (at the Centre for Sociological Studies and Research (CIES) of ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon) and Ireland (at the Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin); and worked as an external collaborator on several research projects in industrial relations and comparative political economy.

In my free time, I like to write and comment on current affairs and all labour-related issues - in the UK, Italy and beyond.

Research interests

My broad research interests span across the fields of comparative political economy, industrial relations and social policy.

My first line of current research focuses on the comparative political economy of labour market regulation and employment relations. I am 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. I also have a specific interest in the political economy of Southern European countries and in the politics of European integration.

My 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'. I am 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.

My 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

I have 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.

I am an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. In 2019, I 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