Sociology and Social Research

Current and previous successful doctoral students

Some of the recent pubblications by our PhD students (we collect pubblications up to two years after thesis defense)  

2019 and forthcoming

Azzolini, D., Bazoli, N., Lievore, I., Schizzerotto, A., & Vergolini, L. (2019). Beyond achievement. A comparative look into 15-year-olds’ school engagement, effort and perseverance in the European Union. European Commission. ISBN 978-92-79-93947-1.

Oncini, F. (2019). Feeding Distinction: Economic and Cultural Capital in the Making of Food Boundaries. Poetics.

Virdia, S., & Schindler, S. (2019). Educational upgrading, career advancement, and social inequality development from a life-course perspective in Germany. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.


Ciordia, Alejandro (2018) "The Effects of Kobane in the Reconfiguration of the Popular Geopolitical Codes of Turkey’s Kurdish Movement", Turkish Studies (

VEZZONI, Cristiano & Ciordia, Alejandro (2018) "BASKETBALL: A WORLD IN A WORD -Come lo sport può divenire un mezzo di integrazione", in M. Ambrosini, P. Boccagni, & S. Piovesan (eds.) L’immigrazione in Trentino: Rapporto annuale 2017, pp. 179-202. Trento: Cinformi (

Oncini, F. (2018). The holy gram: strategy and tactics in the primary school canteen. Journal of contemporary ethnography, 47(5), 640-670.

Oncini, F., & Guetto, R. (2018). Cultural capital and gender differences in health behaviours: A study on eating, smoking and drinking patterns. Health Sociology Review, 27(1), 15-30.

Giunti, S., & Oncini, F. (2018). Language Use and Children’s BMI Growth among Second-Generation Immigrants in the United Kingdom. International Migration Review, 0197918318798336.

Passaretta, G, Barbieri, P, Wolbers, MHJ, & Visser. 2018, 'The direct effect of social origin on men's occupational attainment over the early life course: An Italian–Dutch comparison', Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

Passaretta, G, Trivellato, P, & Triventi, M 2018, 'Between academia and labour market—the occupational outcomes of PhD graduates in a period of academic reforms and economic crisis', Higher Education,, Springer

Grotti, R, & Cutuli, G 2018, 'XTPDYN: Stata module to estimate dynamic random effects probit model with unobserved heterogeneity',,

Tattarini, G, Grotti, R, & Scherer, S 2018, 'The buffering role of the family in the relationship between job loss and self-perceived health: Longitudinal results from Europe, 2004–2011', Health & place,, Elsevier

Watson, D, Maître, B, Grotti, R, & ... 2018, 'Poverty Dynamics of Social Risk Groups in the EU: an analysis of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, 2005 to 2014', Economic and Social …,,

Assirelli, G, Barone, C, & Recchi, E 2018, '“You Better Move On” Determinants and Labor Market Outcomes of Graduate Migration from Italy', International Migration  Review,

Barone, C., Triventi, M., & Assirelli, G. (2018). Explaining Social Inequalities in Access to University: A Test of Rational Choice Mechanisms in Italy. European Sociological Review, 34(5), 554-569.

Barone, C, Schizzerotto, A, Assirelli, G, & ... 2018, 'Nudging gender desegregation: a field experiment on the causal effect of information barriers on gender inequalities in higher education', European Soieties, Taylor & Francis

Barone, C, Assirelli, G, Abbiati, G, Argentin, G, & ... 2017, 'Social origins, relative risk aversion and track choice: A field experiment on the role of information biases', Acta Sociologica,

Albertini, M, Tosi, M, & Kohli, M 2018, 'Parents' housing careers and support for adult children across Europe', Housing Studies, Taylor & Francis

Albertini, M, & Tosi, M 2018, 'Grandparenting after parental divorce: The association between non-resident parent–child meetings and grandparenting in Italy', European Journal of Ageing,, Springer

Tosi, M, & Grundy, E 2018, 'Returns home by children and changes in parents' well-being in Europe', Social Science & Medicine,, Elsevier

Tosi, M, & Grundy, E 2018, 'Intergenerational contacts and depressive symptoms among older parents in Eastern Europe', Aging & mental health,, Taylor & Francis

Tosi, M., & Oncini, F. (2018). ‘The fourth commandment effect’: church attendance and intergenerational support in late parent–child relationships. European Societies, 1-21.

Virdia, S. (2018). Ethnic Peer Pressure or School Inequalities? Ethnic Concentration and Performance in Upper-Secondary Schools. Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 10(2).

Belloni, M 2018, 'Refugees and citizens: Understanding Eritrean refugees' ambivalence towards homeland politics', International Journal of Comparative Sociology,,

Barone, C, & Ruggera, L. 2018, 'Educational equalization stalled? Trends in inequality of educational opportunity between 1930 and 1980 across 26 European nations', European Societies,, Taylor & Francis


Martinelli, M. (2017) "Quando la morte rompe i tabù. L’approccio professionale degli operatori hospice ai malati terminali" in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 3/2017, pp. 119-132, DOI:10.3280/SES2017-003010 (with Davide Galesi)

Oncini, F. 2017, 'The holy gram: Strategy and tactics in the primary school canteen', Journal of contemporary ethnography.

Vergolini, L, & Vlach, E. 2017, 'Family background and educational path of Italian graduates', Higher Education.

Tosi, M. (2017), Age norms, family relationships, and home-leaving in Italy, Demographic Research, 36(9), pp.281-306. 

Barone, C., Ruggera, L., (2017). Social closure, micro-class immobility and the intergenerational reproduction of the upper class: a comparative study. British Journal of Sociology

La Fauci, L. (forthcoming), Le difficili condizioni delle carceri in Italia: segnali di svolta?, in Politica in Italia 2015: i fatti e le interpretazioni, Bologna, Il Mulino. (English translation in Italian Politics 2014, New York, Oxford, Berghahn) (with Colombo, A. D).

Raimondi E. (forthcoming), Il mondo della scuola, in Letture e strumenti per ideare e implementare politiche giovanili, volume TSM - Trentino School of Management, FrancoAngeli. Link: 

Raimondi, E, & Vergolini, L. (2017), ' Everyone in School': The Effects of Compulsory Schooling Age on Drop-out and Completion Rates',,

Oncini, F. & Guetto, R. (2017) "Determinants of Dietary Compliance among Italian Children: Disentangling the Effect of Social Origins using Bourdieu's Cultural Capital Theory" Sociology of Health & Illness, 39 (1) 

Ladini, R., Mancosu, M., & Vezzoni, C. (2017). Hai veramente letto la domanda? Valutazione della qualità delle risposte nelle survey online attraverso domande screener. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia. Accepted.

Vezzoni, C., Ladini, R. (2017). Thou shalt not cheat. Reducing internet use in answering knowledge questions in web surveys. Italian Political Science Review/Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, 47(3). 251-265. DOI: 10.1017/ipo.2016.25 (with Vezzoni, C.)

Ladini, R., Oncini, F., & Cataldo, A. (2017). Allattare al seno non è così uguale per tutte. Neodemos, n. May 17. URL:

McGinnity, F, Grotti, R, Kenny, O, & ... 2017, 'Who experiences discrimination in Ireland? Evidence from the QNHS Equality Modules', Economic and Social Research Insitute


Mancosu, M. (2016) Contexts, Networks, and Voting Behavior: The Social Flow of Political Communication in Italy Italian Political Science Reviewb46(3), 335-354.

Passaretta, G. (2016) Temporary employment at labour market entry in Europe: Labour market dualism, transitions to secure employment and upward mobility. Published in Economic and Industrial Democracy, pp. 1–27, DOI:10.1177/0143831X16652946 (with M.H.J. Wolbers)

Mari, G. (2016). Substitution, entrapment, inefficiency? Cohort inequalities in a two-tier labour market. Socio-Economic Review, (with Barbieri, P., Cutuli, G., Luijkx, R., and Scherer, S.)

Belloni, M.(2016) Anything new under the sun? Analysing the shifting flow of Eritrean asylum seekers to Europe    in Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat

Ruggera L(forthcoming). “Perché i laureati in Sociologia faticano a trovare lavori accettabili? Un illuminante confronto con i laureati in Servizio Sociale” in Sociologia, professioni e mondo del lavoro, a cura di Annamaria Perino, Raffaele Savonardo, Milano: Egea Bocconi. (with C. Barone)

Belloni, M.(2016) Rapid fragility and migration assessment for Eritrea Birmingham: GSDRC, University of Birmingham

Belloni, M.(2016) Refugees as gamblers: Eritreans migrating through Italy in the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies (JIRS)

Passaretta, G. (2016). Institutions and the school-to-work transition: disentangling the role of the macro-institutional context, Socio-Economic Review, Oxford. DOI 10.1093/ser/mww019 (with Barbieri, P.; Cutuli G.) 

Grotti, R. & Scherer, S. (2016). Does gender equality increase economic inequality? Evidence from five countries. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. v.45, p.13 -26.

Grotti, R. & Scherer, S. (2016). La disuguaglianza economica tra contesti: il ruolo di famiglia, stato e mercato. Sociologia del Lavoro. 143:57-75.

Guetto, R., Mancosu, M.;  Scherer,S.; Torricelli, G. (2016)  "The Spreading of Cohabitations as a Diffusion Process. Evidence From Italy" OnlineFirst on European Journal of Population

Mancosu, M.; Vezzoni, C. (2016) "Local and National Effects in the Electoral Cycle: The Case of
Italy (2001-2009)" EarlyView, Territory Politics, Governance. 

Mancosu, M.; Vezzoni, C. (2016) "Diffusion processes and discussion networks: an analysis of the propensity to vote for the 5 Star Movement in the 2013 Italian election" Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 26(1), 1-21

Oncini, F., Lozza, E. (2016), La fiducia del consumatore in due contesti economici differenti: un’esplorazione cross-culturale" Micro&Macro Marketing

Oncini, F. (2016) "Sociologia dell'alimentazione. L'eredità dei classici tra riduzionismo, sistemismo e microsociologia". Quaderni del Dipartimento di Sociologia, 64: 5-26

Tosi, M & Gähler, M. (2016) Nest-leaving, childhood family climate and later parent-child contact in Sweden, ASJ-Acta Sociologica, 59(3), pp. 249–268.

Tosi, M. (2016), Leaving-home transition and later parent-child relationships: proximity and contacts in Italy, European Societies, 17(1), pp.69-90.


Bobova N. (2015) "After Migration. Lifestyles of highly skilled Belarusian returnees: preliminary results", in Cortinovis R. (ed.), Migration: Energy for the planet, Feeding Cultures, outcomes of the 2014 International Metropolis Conference, Fondazione Ismu, Quaderni Ismu 3/2015.

Cataldo A., Guetto R: La mamma diceva sempre …” Un approccio intergenerazionale allo studio del ruolo degli uomini sull’occupazione delle donne. Neodemos, 2015

Cataldo A. Il gender gap pay a 40 anni dalle prime leggi. Ingenere, 2015.

Cataldo A. Family Inter-generational Trasmission and Social Stratification as Flux and Fold. 2015. Losquaderno

Ferreri, A., Ladini, R., Pedrazzani, A., & Pinto, L. (2015). Debating Europe: Effects of the Eurovision debate on young voters. Comunicazione politica, 16(3). 343-364. DOI: 10.3270/81691

Passaretta G., Work experience during higher education and post-graduation occupational outcomes: A comparative study on four European countries. 2015, International  Journal of Comparative Sociology, doi:10.1177/0020715215587772 (with  M. Triventi).

Tosi, M. (2015), Rapporti tra genitori e figli adulti in Italia e Svezia, Neodemos.

Vlach E., “Family Background and Educational Path of Italian Graduates”, IRVAPP Working Paper series, n. 2015-08. Una versione di questo lavoro si trova al momento under review presso la rivista Higher Education.(con Vergolini L.)

Ferreri, A., Ladini, R., Pedrazzani, A., and Pinto, L. (2015). Debating Europe: Effects of the  Eurovision debate on young voters. Comunicazione politica, 16 (3). Forthcoming. Accettato in data 15 Settembre 2015.


Assirelli, G. (2014). Studiare di più rende cittadini migliori? Analisi della relazione tra istruzione e civicness in Italia. Scuola Democratica, 1, 29-52.

Mancosu, M. (2014). Geographical context, interest in politics and voting behaviour: the case of the Northern League in Italy. Contemporary Italian Politics, 6(2), 131-146.

Grotti, R. Scherer, S. (2014), Accumulation of Employment Instability Among Partners¬Evidence from Six EU Countries in EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, v. 30, n. 5 (2014), p. 627-639. - DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcu062.

Passaretta, G. Triventi, M. (2014), Il lavoro durante gli studi universitari e gli esiti occupazionali dopo la laurea. Il caso italiano in prospettiva comparata, in Sociologia del Lavoro, 136, pp. 203-220.

Barbieri, P., G. Cutuli, M. Lugo e S. Scherer (2014) Italy: stratified adult learning, in Blossfeld, Hans-Peter, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Daniela Vono de Vilhena and Sandra Buchholz (eds.) Adult Learning in Modern Societies: An International Comparison from a Life-Course Perspective. eduLIFE Lifelong Learning Series. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward


Vlach, E. (2013). Tra centro e periferia. Le forme della distanza in un’area urbana in transizione, in CAMBIO, Anno III, n. 6, (2013), p. 147-158"

CASES, RK 2013, 'The Rationalities of Everyday Risk Management: A Modified Weberian Typology', Philippine Sociological Review.

Cataldo, A., Tosi, M. (2013). L’effetto scoraggiamento tra atipicità occupazionale e conciliazione famiglia-lavoro: un’analisi comparata tra sud e nord Italia, Sociologia Italiana Ais Journal of Sociology (The discouragement effect, atypical employment and work/family balance: a comparative analysis of northern and southern Italy).

Assirelli, G.,  Tosi, M. (2013). Education and family ties in Italy, France and Sweden, Journal of Educational and Social Research, Vol.7, pp.379-387.

Barbieri, P., E. Raimondi, S. (2013), La terza forma a priori della rappresentazione. L’inferenza causale nelle scienze sociali e la congiunzione spazio-temporale come fine ultimo della scienza sociale, Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, Quaderni di Dipartimento, n. 62. Link:

Raimondi, E., S. De Luca, C. Barone (2013), Origini sociali, risorse culturali familiari e apprendimenti nelle scuole primarie: un'analisi dei dati Pirls 2006, in Quaderni di sociologia, 2013, vol. 61, pp. 34-49. (In english, only title and abstract: Social origins, family cultural resources and learning in primary schools: an analysis of Pirls 2006 data) Journal link:  Journal link, volume with this article:

Cases, R.K. 2013. The Rationalities of Everyday Risk Management: A Modified Weberian Typology. Philippine Sociological Review. 61 (2): 395-418. Link: Philippine Social Science Council (journal subscription)

Grotti, R., Scherer, S. (2013) ‘Introduzione al programma statistico Stata’, in Scherer, S., Analisi dei dati longitudinali, Bologna: il Mulino.

Conference papers

Grotti, R., with Scherer, S  paper presentation. “The long-term consequences of job-loss for households income position and overall economic inequality. Evidence from Germany and the US” - ECSR Conference, Tallinn 2015 (Oct. 2015)

Mari, G., with Stefani Scherer, Gabriele Mari, Giorgio Cutuli, Ruud Luijkx, paper presentation “The insider disease: Occupational consequences of unwarranted labour market segmentation in Italy" - ECSR Conference, Tallinn 2015 (Oct. 2015) and ISA-RC28 Conferences Tilburg; NL“Social Inequality, Cohesion and Solidarity” (May 2015)

Passaretta G., Wolbers M.H.J. 2015 "Temporary employment at labour market entry in Europe: labour market dualism, transitions to secure employment, and upward mobility" - ECSR Conference, Tallinn 2015 (Oct. 2015) and Ratio colloquium for young social scientists, Stockholm,  (Aug, 2015)

Raimondi, E., Less dropouts? The increase of compulsory schooling age in Italy - Annual BAGGS Conference “Inequalities”, Bamberg, 29-30 Settembre 2015.

Ladini R., with Cristiano Vezzoni: E-mail messages do not boost electoral participation: Evidence from a Get-Out-The-Vote experiment in an Italian university election. - XXIX Convegno della Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP). Università della Calabria, Arcavata di Rende (CS), (Sep 2015)

Virdia S.,“Systems of higher education and returns to qualifications in Europe” ABC Graduate conference, Bamberg , (Sep 2015) and ISA-RC28 Conferences Tilburg; NL“Social Inequality, Cohesion and Solidarity” (May 2015)

Oncini F., "Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination". ESA, Prague (Aug, 2015)

La Fauci L., "What am I to do with this desire?” Lesbian and gay identity, plasticity, and heteronormativity in contemporary Italy ESA, Prague (Aug, 2015)

Vlach E., "Ethnicity, Migration and Educational Achievement in Italy: a comparison across educational grades" AsconaInternational Conference on (Persistent) Inequalities - Reconsidered: Education and Social Mobility, Ascona (CH). (Jul 2015)

Ruggera L., “Changes over time in the influence of social origins on educational attainment: a large-scale comparative analysis for cohorts born between 1930 and 1980” Ascona International Conference on (Persistent) Inequalities - Reconsidered: Education and Social Mobility, Ascona (CH). (Jul 2015) and ISA-RC28 Conferences Tilburg; NL“Social Inequality, Cohesion and Solidarity” (May 2015)

Ladini R. with Vezzoni C.: "Cheating in web surveys: Evidence from a split-ballot experiment on knowledge questions on basic EU facts." Conferenza della European Survey Research Association (ESRA).  Reykjavik, Islanda, (Jul 2015)

D’Alimonte G.,«Left and Right as adaptive categories: evidence from an Italian community study».  Democracy: a Citizen Perspective (D:CE) Conference - Department of Political Science and the Social Science Research Institute of Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. (May 2015)

Oncini F.,“Sitting at the (Inequality) Table. Patterns of Food Consumption among Primary School Children”. ISA-RC28 Conferences Tilburg; NL“Social Inequality, Cohesion and Solidarity” (May 2015)

Oncini F.,“Food Sociology and the Classics of Social Thought: Reductivism, Systemism and Microsociology” European Sociological Association – Research Stream 05 (May, 2015)

Passaretta G.,, with Giorgio Cutuli, Paolo Barbier, "Institutions and the school to work transition: opening the black box of the contextual effects", ISA-RC28 Conferences Tilburg; NL“Social Inequality, Cohesion and Solidarity” (May 2015)

Raimondi, E., Does a more attractive vocational education system influence the learning outcomes? Evaluation of an Italian policy change, - LEER Workshop on Education Economics, Leuven, 2-3 Aprile 2015.(with De Witte, K)

Cataldo A., "And their Children after Them? Women’s Employment and Men’s Socialization to New Women’s Roles" Population Days (SIS-AISP), Palermo (Feb 2015)

Oncini F., “Seduti al tavolo (delle disuguaglianze). Classi sociali e consumo alimentare in Italia”. Multiscopo. Rome, Istat (Jan, 2015)

Grotti R. with Scherer S.,“Income dynamics, economic inequality and the household” (Grotti, R., Scherer, S.); ECSR Conference, Berlin, Germany, “Social Inequalities in Europe - On the Rise Again?”, (Sep, 2014)

Grotti R., Scherer, S., “Economic Inequality and the Role of the Family”; ISA-RC28 Spring Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, “Old and new social divides: social stratification research in the 21st century”. (May 2014)
Passaretta G., “Patterns of labour market entry in Europe: the effect of market and education institutions on the school-to-work transition in 24 European countries.” ISA-RC28 Spring Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, “Old and new social divides: social stratification research in the 21st century”. (May 2014)



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