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Arianna Tassinari


I am a doctoral researcher in Industrial Relations at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.
I am a member of the Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU) and of the Organisation and Human Resource Management (OHRM) group, working under the supervision of Prof. Jimmy Donaghey and Dr. Manuela Galetto.
My PhD research is funded by a 4-year full studentship from the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Italian by origin, I graduated with a BA in Politics and Development Studies from SOAS, University of London in 2011, and with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford in 2013. Prior to commencing my doctoral studies, 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 conducted research 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).

My doctoral thesis, which I will submit in summer 2019, investigates how the role of unions and employers organisations in policy-making evolves in the aftermath of the Eurozone crisis through a comparative study of four countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. The research investigates the causes and implications of recent changes in the dynamics of tripartite interest intermediation in Eurozone peripheral countries, and the role that macro-political exchange between governments, unions and employers organisations has played in shaping processes of structural labour market and social policy reform under austerity and during the emergent recovery.

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 broadly on the politics 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.

Arianna Tassinari



a dot tassinari at warwick dot ac dot uk

Twitter: @Ari_Tassinari