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I am a Senior Lecturer in sociology and I have a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester, a MA in Sociology from City University London and a Laurea (Italian Taught Doctorate) in Political Science from Universitá degli Studi di Perugia (Italy). Recently I have become Higher Education Academy Fellow.
My recent research and publication are on precarity (job insecurity) and care work (family life with children), these studies are informed by critical approaches: mainly Frankfurt School first generation (Adorno, Horkheimer and Benjamin) and Open Marxism (Holloway, Bonefeld, Dinerstein). I have recently published in high impact factor journals such as Work, Employment and Society and Capital and Class. 
In 2016 and 2019 I have carried out as PI two important research projects on families in insecure jobs, sponsored by LTU Research Support.
I am now moving towards researching how care work and precarity inform class conflicts.
I am also active in the following projects: precarity and class / gender and ‘race’ divisions. Critique of the new paradigm of sociology of childhood.
I have a passion for teaching – my pedagogical approach is informed by years of international experience in HE classrooms and the critical pedagogy of Peter McLaren.

Research interests

Insecure jobs (precarity) and care work; precarity and family life; “precarious parents”
Precarity and social class/class struggles; Precarity, care work and gender / “race”
Critical Theory (Horkheimer’ and Adorno’s generation), Open Marxism
Critique of the “new paradigm” of sociology of childhood
Sociology of families; work-family "balance"
Social Reproduction Theory
Critical Pedagogy

  • I am currently working on a number of research/consultancy projects. These are:
    Precarity and class. Precarity and class struggles. Precarity, care work and gender / “race”. 
  • I can be consulted by external organisations in the following areas:
    Insecure jobs and family life.
    Work-family "balance"
    Sociology of families and childhood

Teaching and Administration

During 2020-21 I have been responsible for curating the outputs for the REF, for our Education Unit of Assessment, my task was to select and evaluate the publications of my colleagues and write the accompanying report. This was the first time for our Unit to submitting for REF. REF results were very good, with a number of 4 stars output.

I lead the ICE research seminars for our Institute. I am part of the ICE Research Group: Education, Wellbeing and Childhood and research lead for the theme “Childhood, Families and Teachers Well-being”.

I am the Co-chair of LTU International Staff Network

Stefano is currently teaching a number of modules in the Institute of Childhood and Education. These modules include: Sociology of Childhood; Families and Society; Research Methods.

I am UCU rep.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 10 Sept 2008

External positions

External Examiner

1 Sept 201531 Aug 2018


  • H Social Sciences
  • family life, work-family balance, cultural aspects of, job insecurity, precarious work, precarious subjectivities

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA23 - Education


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