U7, Piano: III, Stanza: 340
Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi 8 - 20126 MILANO
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Elisabetta Ruspini is an Italian Sociologist, senior Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento (1997). Her thesis “Women and Poverty: The Case of Germany and Great Britain” (Supervisors: Gosta Esping-Andersen and Enzo Mingione) was based on longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) and the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) 

She has a relevant expertise in Gender Studies (both Women’s Studies and Men and Masculinity Studies), Gender Relations in Society, Sociology of Families, Generation Studies (Millennials and Gen Zers), and LGBT Studies, as wells as in gender-sensitive research and on how to strengthen the gender dimension of both social research and research programs in order to remove gender imbalances. She has functioned as a gender expert and adviser for diverse research stakeholders in Italy and Europe, and has been actively involved in developing gender approaches in Universities, Associations, NGOs, and research policy in many roles and contexts. She has published a number of books, articles and contributed papers to several national and international conferences/seminars/workshops in these fields. 

She is one of the Founders of the AIS Research Committee ‘Studi di Genere’ (Gender Studies), that she has been coordinating between 2012-2018. The Research Committee ‘Studi di Genere’ is part of the AIS (Associazione Italiana di Sociologia-Italian Sociological Association):

She is the National Coordinator of the Scientific Framework Convention ‘Gender and Religion’, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca. The Framework Convention is a confederation of around 30 Universities across Italy and 15 Research Centres/Associations located all over the country which banded together to study the nexus between gender, religion and social change. 

Since October 2018 she is the Director of the Centro Interdipartimentale per gli Studi di Genere-ABCD (Interdepartmental Center for Gender Studies), University of Milano-Bicocca:

Elisabetta Ruspini is a Board Member (2013-today) of ESA RN33 “Women’s and Gender Studies”:
Since September 2019: Co-coordinator of ESA RN33 “Women’s and Gender Studies”:


She is a member of: 
AIS-Associazione Italiana di Sociologia (Italian Sociological Association), Research Committee “Studi di Genere-Gender Studies”; 
ESA-European Sociological Association, Research Networks RN13 “Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives”; RN33 “Women’s and Gender Studies”); 
ISA-International Sociological Association: RC06 - Family Research; RC22 - Sociology of Religion; RC32 - Women in Society;
Scientific Committee of the Research Unit GEMMA (GEnder and Media MAtters), Sapienza University of Rome, Dipartimento di Comunicazione e Ricerca Sociale:
Scientific Committee of the Italian Institute for Future Studies:


Her research interests include: Social Change and Social Processes; The Social Construction of Gender; Gender Stereotypes and Gender Roles; Women’s Rights and Issues; GBV prevention; Gender and the Generational Turnover; New Forms of Parenthood; Family Change; Family Policy; Men and Masculinities; Men who Work in ‘‘Non-traditional’’ Occupations; Gender and Sexuality; LGBT Rights and Issues; Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discriminations; Social Inequalities; Gender and Poverty; Economic Socialization; Gender and the Media; Gender and Religion; Religious Values and Beliefs across Generations; Gender and Tourism; Tourism and Peace; Tourism and Generational Changes; Future Studies; The Future of Gender Studies. Within the methodological field: Longitudinal Research; How to Engender Longitudinal Research; Gender-sensitive Research.

Current Research Plans: Millennials and Generation Zers; Young People, Lifestyles and Living Conditions; Gender and the Generational Turnover; Women, Men and Work-Family Balance; Men's Changing Commitments to Care; Lone Motherhood and Lone Fatherhood; Family Diversity and Children’s Rights; LGBT Parenting; Social Policy and Heteronormativity; Feminisms and Women’s Agency; Fourth-wave Feminism; GBV prevention; The Future of Families; The Future of Gender Studies; Gender and Poverty; Gender and Religion; Women and Interfaith Dialogue; Religious Values and Beliefs across Generations; Gender-sensitive Research; Futures Research Methodology and Related Issues.


Elisabetta Ruspini

Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, Universita' di Milano-Bicocca

Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi 8, Edificio U7 - 20126 Milano

Tel. ++39-02-64487542

Fax ++39-02-64487561

Co-coordinator of ESA RN33 “Women’s and Gender Studies”:

Director, Interdepartmental Center for Gender Studies-ABCD, University of Milano-Bicocca:



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  • Ghaffari, R., & Ruspini, E. (2020). Locating millennial feminism beyond the western context: The Iranian case. PARTECIPAZIONE E CONFLITTO, 13(1), 665-690.
  • Fabio Corbisiero, Roberto Paura, Elisabetta Ruspini, Bruno Formicola, Alessandro Mazzi, Salvatore Monaco, et al. (2020). Il futuro del turismo. Sfide tecnologiche e digitali nell'Antropocene (F. Corbisiero, & E. Ruspini, a cura di). Italian Institute for the Future.
  • Fornari, S., Nocenzi, M., & Ruspini, E. (2020). Introduzione. SICUREZZA E SCIENZE SOCIALI(3), 19-31.
  • Silvia Fornari, M.N. (2020). Violenza di genere: l’agency femminile in linee di intervento e buone pratiche (S. Fornari, M. Nocenzi, & E. Ruspini, a cura di). Milano : FrancoAngeli.
  • Fornari, S., & Ruspini, E. (2019). Educazione contro la violenza di genere per bambini e bambine, ragazzi e ragazze. Buone pratiche. SICUREZZA E SCIENZE SOCIALI(1), 125-138.