News and Upcoming Events

Calls are open for the 5th Trento School of Applied Quantitative Research on social policies - See details here
PhD Position on Technological Change - NRRP funded - See details here

Mission and Activities

The CSIS research unit operates in the framework of the general strategies of the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento. Its main objective is the promotion of theoretically driven empirical research, focusing on social inequalities, their relation to institutions and their change over time and across generations.
The research unit is coordinated by Prof. Paolo Barbieri. 

We apply a comparative and interdisciplinary approach dealing with the analysis of the distribution and the perception of inequalities in the following fields: welfare, employment and the labour market, families and demography, and education.

We are currently active in the following projects: 

  • Life Course Longitudinal Laboratory (LC3), a 4-years research programme on advancing life course research
  • Trento School of Applied Quantitative Research (TN2), a winter school devoted to early career researchers
  • Brown Bag Seminars, with national and international scholars, established in 2010

Selected Recent Publications

Alderotti, G., Guetto, R., Barbieri, P., Scherer, S., & Vignoli, D. (2024). Unstable employment careers and (quasi-) completed fertility: evidence from the labour market deregulation in Italy. European Sociological Review

Gioachin, F., & Zamberlan, A. (2024). Breaking Barriers or Persisting Traditions? Fertility histories, occupational achievements, and inter-generational mobility of Italian women. Sociological Science.

Ferraretto, V., Vitali, A., & Billari, F. C. (2024). Leaving the parental home during the COVID-19 pandemic: the case of Southern Europe. Advances in Life Course Research.

Barbieri, P., Cutuli, G., & Scherer, S. (2024). In-work poverty in Western Europe. A longitudinal perspective. European Societies.

Scherer, S. & Brini, E. (2023). Employment Instability and Childbirth over the Last 20 Years in Italy. European Journal of Population.

Grotti, R. and Passaretta, G. (2023). Intragenerational wage mobility and the social disadvantage: A comparative study of West Germany and the United States, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

Scherer, Stefani, & Pavolini, Emmanuele (2023). Equalizing or not? Public childcare and women’s labour market participation. Journal of European Social Policy, 33(4): 436-450