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Research Interests

My research interests lie in field of comparative social policy with a particular focus on issues relating to work, social inequalities, gender and care. The overarching goal of my research is to understand the production and relationship between inequalities in societies and how they are institutionalized in social policies across national contexts. My research and publications develop around three main areas: 1) gender, care and family policies, their implementation and outcomes; 2) political economy of labour markets and workplaces; and 3) comparative methodologies.

My work has been published in Journal of European Social Policy; Social Politics: International Studies in Gender; State & Society; Politics and Gender; Quality & Quantity and I have recently co-edited a volume on the “The Changing Worlds and Workplaces of Capitalism” (2015, Palgrave MacMillan). In 2015, I was awarded the Nominee honor for the best paper in work-family research, by the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.


My current research focuses on the processes of welfare state change drawing on theories in social policy, intersectionality and social movement studies. I am particularly interested in understanding how combinations of normative, political and institutional factors shape reform outputs and outcomes in cross-national perspective. I have been recently awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships for a research project investigating welfare coalitions in Long-Term Care (LTC) reforms in Italy and Spain. Other research projects concern the effect of protest on the reform on income maintenance programmes (unemployment insurance, social assistance, minimum income). My research has received funding among others from the EU Commission, FP7 InGRID, DAAD, ECPR, ESA.

Since 2016, I co-convene the care section of the international research network Gender Equality Policy in Practice Network, GEPP (convened by Isabelle Engeli, Amy Mazur and Joni Lovenduski), http://www.csbppl.com/gepp/, which brings together nearly 100 researcher to investigate the implementation of gender equality policy across a broad range of countries and policy sectors (care, equal employment, gender based violence, intimate citizenship, immigration and political representation). The aim of our sub-section is to develop research on how care policies in practice promote the redistribution and recognition of care work as important factors to achieving gender equality across societies.


Since joining QUB, I have developed and delivered lectures and courses relating to family and gender issues, social policy, labour market policies, comparative public policy, statistics and quantitative methods. I currently convene the following modules:

SPY1005 Themes and Issues in Social Policy

SOC3019 Gender, Family and Social Policy: Comparative Perspectives (with Dr. Sirin Sung)

SOC9054 The Sources and Collection of Quantitative Data,



I am supervising a number of students including undergraduates, MAs and PhDs. I am interested in supervising PhD students in comparative social policy and political economy, and projects relating to gender equality, family and the life course which use either quantitative or mixed methods.

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Research Output

Gendering Welfare State Analysis: Tensions between Care and Paid Work

Ciccia, R. & Sainsbury, D., 13 Jul 2018, In : European Journal of Politics and Gender. 1, 1-2, p. 93-109 17 p.

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    Reforming welfare states in times of austerity: protest and the politics of unemployment insurance

    Ciccia, R. & Guzman-Concha, C., 2017, (Accepted) Social Welfare Responses in a Neoliberal Era: Policies, Practices and Social Problems. Arp, M. & Blad, C. (eds.). Brill

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Reforming welfare states in times of austerity: Protest and the politics of unemployment insurance

    Ciccia, R. & Guzman-Concha, C., 06 May 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


  • Care connect international visit scholarship (University of Leeds)

    Rossella Ciccia (Recipient), May 2014

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    DAAD Short-term Research grant

    Rossella Ciccia (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Doctoral scholarship

    Rossella Ciccia (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    ECPR Mobility Fund

    Rossella Ciccia (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    Peer review of ESRC funding application

    Rossella Ciccia (Recipient)
    18 Jan 201908 Feb 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    NERI Seminar Belfast: The organization of childcare services: What role for gender equality?

    Rossella Ciccia (Advisor)
    24 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) (External organisation)

    Rossella Ciccia (Advisor)
    01 Mar 201915 Jul 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    ISA World Congress of Sociology

    Rossella Ciccia (Participant)
    15 Jul 201821 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    European Conference on Politics and Gender

    Rossella Ciccia (Organiser)
    09 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference