The research area analyses from an interdisciplinary perspective the socio-economic impact of exogenous shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine and the policies put in place for recovery.

The impact on the different dimensions of welfare, work, with a focus on agile work and self-employment and an in-depth examination of gender inequalities in the labour market will be analysed.

A specific focus will be introduced on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and the prospects for recovery in the Emilia-Romagna Region.

A reference literature of non-negligible dimensions on the impact of shocks on industrial structures, local production systems and enterprises in both developed areas and emerging countries has also emerged. The research area will therefore analyse the impact on value chains with particular reference to the regional context and the outcomes on employment levels, working conditions and the demand for skills in local systems. Particular attention will be paid to the socio-economic impact of the actions implemented in the various PNRR intervention lines.

The research lines can be summarized in:

•  Economy and work in Emilia Romagna: impact of exogenous shocks and recovery strategies
•  Analysis of local public policies and services and proposal of a system of context, output and outcome indicators
•  Pandemic, economic crisis and health. The role of welfare and labor policies
•  Effects of shocks on industrial structure, value chains, enterprises and labour, with particular reference to regional economies and local production systems.
•  Organisational resilience to crises caused by natural disasters (pandemics, earthquakes, floods, etc.) and human action (wars, fires, etc.)
•  Self-employment after the pandemic between social vulnerability and new protection tools
•  Agile work, telework and digitalization of work processes in the post-emergency
• Impact of digitization on public services and active policies for the labor market after Covid-19
•  Income support and public welfare measures after Covid-19
•  Good governance and trust during Covid-19. The effects on the well-being of fragile populations
•  Pandemic and democracy between civil liberties and public health
•  The role of institutional and social trust in post-pandemic economic recovery


Prof.ssa Tindara Addabbo, Prof. Tommaso Fabbri, Prof.ssa Barbara Pistoresi, Dott. Iacopo Senatori, Prof. Giovanni Solinas

Research Team

Prof.ssa Tindara Addabbo (Economia e valutazione delle politiche pubbliche), Prof. Edoardo Ales (Diritto del lavoro), Prof. Massimo Baldini (Politica Economica), Prof.ssa Claudia Canali (Ingegneria informatica), Dott.ssa Eleonora Costantini (post-doc Economia), Prof.ssa Ylenia Curzi (Organizzazione e gestione delle risorse umane), Prof.ssa Barbara Pistoresi (Economia e valutazione delle politiche pubbliche), Prof.ssa Elisa Martinelli (Economia e gestione delle Imprese), Prof. Tommaso Fabbri (Organizzazione e gestione delle risorse umane), Dott. Iacopo Senatori (Diritto del lavoro e relazioni industriali), Prof. Alberto Levi (Diritto del lavoro),Prof.ssa Chiara Strozzi, Prof.ssa Paula Rodriguez-Modroño (Economia del lavoro, Feminist Economics), Prof.ssa Susan Bisom-Rapp (Diritto del lavoro), Prof. Alberto Rinaldi(Storia economica e del lavoro), Dott.ssa Chiara Gaglione (post-doc Diritto del lavoro), Dott.ssa Ilaria Del Giglio (dottoranda Lavoro Sviluppo e Innovazione), Dott.ssa Valeria Martinelli (HERA Spa, dottoranda Lavoro Sviluppo e Innovazione), Dott.ssa Ilaria Purificato (post-doc Diritto del lavoro).