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Lorenza Antonucci

01642 384432
Job title:
Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social Policy/Sociology
School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
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Social Sciences, Business & Law research

About Lorenza Antonucci

Lorenza Antonucci

Lorenza Antonucci
Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social Policy/Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
T: 01642 384432
Research: Social Sciences, Business & Law research

Lorenza is a social policy scholar, researching and writing on comparative social policy in Europe, austerity, young adults, higher education and welfare state changes. Lorenza has joined Teesside University as Senior/Research Lecturer in Social Policy/Sociology in September 2015, after a couple of years as Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of the West of Scotland. In 2015 Lorenza has been awarded with the Visiting Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh to conduct a new research on the new politics of inequality in Europe at the European Social Observatory (OSE), where she maintains an on-going affiliation. In 2010 Lorenza won the first “Policy and Politics” Award from the publisher The Policy Press for her doctoral research on young people in university in Sweden, Italy and England. Lorenza holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, MSc (Research) from the LSE (distinction), MSc and BSc (both 110 cum laude) from Bocconi University.

Lorenza has collaborated with several European organisations: the Youth Partnership (European Commission/Council of Europe), Solidar, FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies), European Commission (DG Regio) and Éupolis (Research Institute of the Lombardy region). She is very keen on working at the interstices of mainstream media and social research, and she writes for mainstream magazines such as Slate. She served in the Executive of the Social Policy Association (SPA) and currently sits in the editorial Board of the academic magazine Discover Society.

You can follow Lorenza on Twitter @SocialLore.

Research interests

Lorenza has an overarching research interest concerning the changes in the distribution of welfare sources across European welfare states and its impact on inequality. 

Firstly, she focuses on ‘young people’ and ‘young adults’ as a social group particularly affected by the changes in European welfare states and on the impact of increasing ‘familism’, precarity, welfare state cuts, labour market unemployment and underemployment. She is particularly interested in facilitating the creation of European networks for researching precarity. She is also working on conducting comparative studies of precarious transitions from university-to-work.

Secondly, Lorenza is exploring the 'new politics of inequality' in Europe, namely how inequality is being limited or reinforced in national and European policy-making during austerity. Lorenza has conducted new research on this topic, using the EU European Semester as case-study to explore the 'social impact' of EU economic policies in national policy-making.


Theory of Youth and Social Policy” in L. Antonucci, M. Hamilton and S. Roberts (eds.) Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with risk, inequality and precarity in times of crisis, Work and Welfare series, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
L. Antonucci & M. Hamilton (2014) “Youth transitions, Precarity and Inequality in the Future of Social Policy in Europe” in L. Antonucci, M. Hamilton and S. Roberts (eds.) Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with risk, inequality and precarity in times of crisis, Work and Welfare series, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
L. Antonucci, M. Hamilton and S. Roberts (eds.) (2014) Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with risk, inequality and precarity in times of crisis, Work and Welfare series, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
L. Antonucci (2013) “The future of the social dimension in European higher education: university for all, but without student support?” Perspectives on Youth: European Youth Partnership Series, Brussels: European Commission – Council of Europe.
L. Antonucci (2013) “Comparative research in higher education studies. Considering the different levels of comparisons and emerging methodological challenges” in Huisman, J. and Tight, M.,Theory and Methods in Higher Education Research, London: Emerald.
L. Antonucci (2011) “University Students in Transition to Adult Age. Comparing Italy and England”, Italian Journal of Social Policy, Special Issue ‘The Dispossessed’, Vol.15 (3), 271-289.
L. Antonucci & M. Pomati (2011) “The Second Peter Townsend Memorial, Measurement issues and emerging concepts”, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Vol.19 (2), 169-174.

In the news

  • 'Squeezed middle' was most likely to back Brexit
    Northern Echo, 24/06/2017; Northern Echo (web), 24/06/2017
    The study in BREXIT voting was carried out by Teesside University, along with the Q Step centre at the University of Exeter and web developer company Kieskompas.

  • Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success
    Times Higher Education, 19/01/17.
    Friends can help undergraduates blossom, but there's not enough mixing of students from different backgrounds, says Lorenza Antonucci.

  • Student loans 'increasing the divide between rich and poor'
    The Observer, p.18, 02/10/2016, The Guardian, online, 01/10/2016
    Lorenza Antonucci, senior lecturer in social policy and sociology at Teesside University, talks about the broken promise in higher education.

  • Student Lives in Crisis: Deepening Inequality in Times of Austerity
    Times Higher Education, 15/09/2016
    Student Lives in Crisis, by Lorenza Antonucci, is featured as book of the week in Times Higher Education.

  • Thinking Aloud, panel discussion
    BBC Radio 4, 28/09/2016
    Lorenza Antonucci features in a discussion on Radio 4's Thinking Aloud about the issues surrounding funding in higher education.

  • Brexit and the Necessity of Knowing Europe
    The Sociological Review, online, 05/07/2016
    Lorenza Antonucci gives her insight into the EU referendum.

  • Protests in Italy
    Slate, 1/2/2016
    Inspired by the US and Ireland, Italian LGBTQ activists are focusing on gay unions.

  • Will American gay rights strategies work in Italy
    Slate, 13/11/2014
    Lorenza Antonucci argues that LGBT activism in Italy has reached a tipping point.

  • The Barilla boycott and LGBT life in Italy
    Slate, 27/9/2016, America Blog, 30/9/2016
    Lorenza Antonucci explains why the Barilla boycott matters to Italian LGBT people.

  • Dolce and Gabbana Don't understand how damaging their anti-gay statements were
    Slate, 18/3/2016
    Dolce and Gabbana’s anti-gay statements perpetuate a romanticised version of the Italian family - argues Lorenza Antonucci.

  • The Barilla boycott
    Sirius Radio, USA, 30/09/2013
    Lorenza Antonucci discusses the overall culture of LGBT people in Italy.

  • Civil rights of LGBT Italians
    Sirius Radio, USA, 26/01/2016
    Lorenza Antonucci talks about the current state of the fight for LGBT equality in Italy.