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Francesca Alice Vianello (Ph.D.) is Associate professor in Sociology of Work at University of Padua (Italy). Her main areas of research and teaching are migration, work and gender and health. In particular, she is interested in global care chains, care work and occupational health. Currently she is PI of the national research proeject PRIN "Severe forms of labour exploitation in shipbuilding and tourism industry". Furthermore she is supervising a post-doc research on Migrant workers' occupational health in care homes and agricolture.

She took part to the research project on RELEASE – Rete Legale Anti Sfruttamento (Legal network against exploitation) directed by Prefettura di Treviso.

She carried out as PI the research project “Migration and Occupational Health: Understanding the Risks for Eastern European Migrant Women” financed by the University of Padova after which several articles and a book were published.

She participated to different research projects in the field of migration studies adopting the “engendering migration theory”. Specifically, she was Scientific Responsible for the Research Unit of Padova for the project financed by the European Commission “Towards shared interests between migrant and local workers”. She conducted a study on unemployed migrant workers from Morocco and Romania and an investigation on everyday life strategies of Ukrainian, Moldovan and Romanian migrant families across borders. Furthermore, she cooperated with the National research project “Conditions for recognition. Gender, Migrations, Social Spaces” (PRIN 2009) and with the Daphne European Commission Project “Speak Out! Empowering Migrant, Refugee and Ethnic Minority Women against Gender Violence in Europe” both of them directed by Franca Bimbi.

For her Ph.D. dissertation she did a multi-local ethnography on the migratory practices and meaning of Ukrainian women and their transnational social networks. This study gave the way to one book and several essays in Italian and English cited in international publications. Results from her other researches have been discussed and published in Italian, English and Spanish in several journal articles, book chapters and edited volumes.


Office hours

  • at Studio del docente, Via M. Cesarotti 10/12, 2° piano, lato ascensore, accanto allo studio del prof. Sacchetto. Attenzione a non confondersi con lo studio della collega omonima.
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1. 2020, Il lavoro che usura. Migrazioni femminili e salute occupazionale, FrancoAngeli (con Redini V. e Zaccagnini F.), ISBN: 9788835108825.
2. 2014, Genere e migrazioni. Prospettive di studio e di ricerca, Guerini e Associati, Milano, ISBN: 9788881073627.
3. 2009, Migrando sole. Legami transnazionali tra Ucraina e Italia, FrancoAngeli, Milano, ISBN: 9788856811377.

Recent scientific articles

1. 2024, Constructing Mobilities: The Reproduction of Posted Workers’ Disposability in the Construction Sector. Work, Employment and Society, (con Bagnardi, F., Sacchetto, D.).
2. 2023, Essentialism and intersectionality in the selection and recruitment of staff: the devaluation of migrant women’s skills in France and Italy, Identities, (con Anne-Iris Romens) DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2023.2275906 [Classe A Anvur in 14/D1, rivista indicizzata in SCOPUS]
3. 2023 (online 2022), Italian doctors’ understandings of work-related health and safety risks among women migrant home care workers, Health, Risk & Society, (con Carol Wolkowitz ), Volume 25, Issue 3-4, DOI: 10.1080/13698575.2022.2142202 [Classe A Anvur in 14/D1, rivista indicizzata in SCOPUS]
4. 2023 (online 2022), “Conflicting temporalities and the unsustainability of the Italian model of migrant personal care assistant”, International Migration, Volume 61, Issue 2, [Classe A Anvur in 14/D1, rivista indicizzata in SCOPUS]
5. 2021 (online 2020), “Young adult migrants’ representation of ethnic, gender and generational disadvantage in Italy”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44(1), pp. 154-172, (con Toffanin A.M.) [Classe A Anvur in 14/D1, rivista indicizzata in SCOPUS]
6. 2021, “A slow ride towards permanent residency: legal transitions and the working trajectories of Ukrainian migrants in Italy and Spain”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 47(13), pp. 3172-3189 (con Finotelli C. e Brey E.) [Classe A Anvur in 14/D1, rivista indicizzata in SCOPUS]
7. 2021, “Le migrazioni femminili post-sovietiche”, Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa, 1, 139-148, DOI: 10.3240/100513 [Classe A Anvur in 14/D1, rivista indicizzata in SCOPUS]

Research Area

- Labour Migrations
- Gender issues
- Care and domestic work
- Occupational Health
- Lavoro gravemente sfruttato

Thesis proposals

Research theses are preferably accepted. Consequently, students who have not taken courses in research methodology should read this handbook (available in the library):
Qualitative research : theory, method and practice / edited by David Silverman

It is also compulsory to attend the ABC of research workshop: information skills and bibliographic research for the thesis, organised by the Anchieri Library (Via del Santo 28)

The thesis topic is free.

In case the student does not have any particular idea, the following issues are proposed
- care work in RSAs (nursing homes for the elderly);
- severely exploited labour.