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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 relevant expertise in Gender Studies (both Women’s studies and Men and Masculinity studies), Family studies, 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 and Associations. 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 Commitee ‘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 Director of the “Centro Interdipartimentale per gli Studi di Genere-ABCD-Interdepartmental Center for Gender Studies”, University of Milano-Bicocca:
Since September 2021: Coordinator of ESA RN33 “Women’s and Gender Studies”
September 2019-August 2021: Co-coordinator of ESA RN33 “Women’s and Gender Studies”:
2013-today: board member 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:


Research Interests
Her research interests include: Social Change and Social Processes; The Social Construction of Gender; Gender Stereotypes and Gender Roles; Women’s Rights and Issues; Feminism and Women's Rights Movements; Gender and the Generational Turnover; New Forms of Parenthood; Family Change; Family Policy; Men and Masculinities; Men who Work in ‘‘Non-traditional’’ Occupations; Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discriminations; LGBT Parenting; 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 Differences; Sociology of Generations; Future Studies. Within the methodological field: Longitudinal Research; Generations 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; Lone Motherhood and Lone Fatherhood; Family Diversity; Feminism and Women's Rights Movements; The Future of Families; The Future of Gender Studies; The Gendered Impact of the Covid-19 Crisis; Women, Men and Work-Family Balance; Gender and Religions; Women and Interfaith Dialogue; Religious Values and Beliefs across Generations; Gender-sensitive Research; Futures Research Methodology and Related Issues; Generations Research.


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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  • Ruspini, E., & Widding Isaksen, L. (2021). We Need a Feminist ‘New Deal’ to Shape a Post-pandemic Society. CAMBIO, OpenLab on Covid-19 Emergency, subsection “Gender and the Coronavirus Crisis” in collaboration with ESA Research Network 33.
  • Quartararo, C., & Ruspini, E. (2021). Il Genere nell'Università. Il Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per gli Studi di Genere ABCD. In Camilla Buzzacchi, & Roberta Provasi (a cura di), Dalle gender alle diversity quotas. Un impegno per società e istituzioni (pp. 113-128). Torino : Giappichelli.
  • Duvander, A., & Ruspini, E. (2021). Who Benefits from Parental Leave Policies? A Comparison Between Nordic and Southern European Countries. In A. Castrén, V. Cesnuityte, I. Crespi, J. Gauthier, R. Gouveia, C. Martin, et al. (a cura di), The Palgrave Handbook of Family Sociology in Europe (pp. 223-238). Cham : Palgrave Macmillan [10.1007/978-3-030-73306-3_11].
  • Ruspini, E. (2021). Madri e padri soli. Esclusioni, relazioni, resilienze. In Donatella Bramanti, & Elisabetta Carrà (a cura di), Famiglia e povertà relazionale. Multidimensionalità del fenomeno e buone pratiche innovative (pp. 103-125). Milano : Vita e Pensiero.
  • Di Nicola, P., & Ruspini, E. (2020). Family and Family Relations at the Time of COVID-19: An Introduction. ITALIAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 10(3S), 679-685.