SocioDemo Seminars re-started!

On 18 October 2023 we inaugurated a new cicle of GESI SocioDemo Seminars for the academic year 2023/2024, with the engaging presentation on the interrelation between Unemployment and Political Trust at individual, regional and national levels, held by Leo Azzolini (Univerity of Oxford).

Next appointment on 21 November 2023 with Antonina Zhelenkova – stay tuned!

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2° GESI Workshop – Rome

All GESI researchers just met in Rome, in the occasion of the 2nd GESI Workshop (12-13 October 2023) hosted by the amazing location of the University LUISS Guido Carli.

Thank to Rome GESI unit for organizing such a great chance to present our works in progress and discuss together, enhancing the coordination and collaboration among both working packages and local units.

We also had the pleasure to confront with the two intriguing keynote speeches held by Giulia Ferrari (Ined) and Marco Marsili (Istat), who joined our discussion about central and marginal areas.

Waiting for the next GESI Workshop in Catania !

Local media highlights GESI

Our field researches keep capturing the attention of local press. In the case of the community of Sant’Albano, a small municipality in the province of Cuneo, GESI’s researchers are investigating how networks develop in inner areas, filling in a critical research gap, mostly due to a complete absence of suitable data. Similar studies bring the potential to offer an unprecedented contribution to our understanding of social life.

GESI research just published

Abstract: Geographical mobility plays a crucial role in shaping demographic and social change, yet few studies have examined its impact on occupational success and the transmission of social inequality across generations. This study aims to investigate the effect of internal migration on occupational status in Italy, exploring whether men and women experience a benefit or disadvantage from South-to-North migration, and if this effect is influenced by family status and social class of origin. The research is based on the Italian Household Longitudinal Survey and utilizes a set of fixed effects linear regression panel models combined with Coarsened Exact Matching (CEM). Results show that only men benefit from migration, while women experience a disadvantage, which increases when they move after union formation and the transition to parenthood. Furthermore, the impact of geographical mobility on occupational status varies based on social class of origin only for men, with those from higher classes experiencing a much greater migration benefit than those from medium and lower classes. These findings demonstrate that geographical mobility serves as an additional source of advantage for individuals from higher social classes. The positive effect on male occupational success compounds with family-related benefits, further widening social disparities between individuals in different social strata.

Authors: Nazareno Panichella and Stefano Cantalini

Keywords: Internal migration · Occupation · Inequality

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GESI at ECSR Conference 2023

Stefano Cantalini and Nazareno Panichella presented a GESI research on geographical marginality and returns to education at the ECSR (European Consortium of Sociological Research) Conference on September 18th – 20th 2023, titled “European Societies in Times of Uncertainty“.

GESI meets Local communities

GESI researchers are presenting their scientific project to the local communities under study. We aim to involve people in the on-going process of elaboration and discussion of our empirical results.

Let’s discover together new ways to reshape our understanding of ‘inner areas’, and give them value!

GESI’s impact on ‘inner areas’

The field research conducted by Gesi researchers throughout Italy is constantly attracting public attention. This newspaper article also suggests that our presence in the ‘inner areas’ is highly valued, as many residents see our interviews as an opportunity to be heard, and to boost the visibility of their living environment.

Field researches GESI

GESI researchers from both Milan and Catania units are now conducting field researches on the so called ‘inner areas‘ of several Italian regions. In particular, the interviews to key informants and individual inhabitants are being taken in Sicilia, Calabria, Puglia, Marche, Piemonte, and Lombardia.

This short news published on the local press suggests that our presence has been noticed and appreciated!


GESI hosted a section on inequality and regional socio-economic cleavages at the annual STOREP Conference. The event was chaired and organized by Francesca Tosi from the University of Bologna and featured contributions from the GESI researchers. Maurizio Avola and Giorgio Piccitto presented their research on occupational change and geographical inequality in Italy, highlighting the disparities between marginal and central areas. Nazareno Panichella and Stefano Cantalini discussed how geographical marginality impacts returns to education. Giulia Dugar, Roberto Impicciatore, and Francesca Tosi explored the effects of central and marginal areas on home-leaving age patterns and the transition to adulthood in Italy. Rocco Molinari delved into the role of Italian cities as “escalator regions” and their influence on geographical mobility and occupational achievement. Gianfranco Viesti from the University of Bari provided valuable insights as the discussant, enriching the overall discussion.