Lara Maestripieri

Lara Maestripieri is teaching and working as a researcher at the Social Policy Lab – Polytechnic of Milan. She has a Masters degree in Theory and Social Research from the Catholic University of Milan. In 2011 she has gained her PhD, based on her thesis entitled “The liminal condition of consultancy. Tales of work between self-employment and organization”. In 2010 she was a visiting researcher at department of Sociology, in Geneva, in 2012 at Sciences Po, attached at Centre d'études européennes. Her main research interests deal with narrative and biographical methods in social research and the investigation of post-industrial societies, with a focus on the analysis of female participation in the labour market, precariousness and the professional identity of knowledge workers. She has won a grant to collaborate in the project « FLOWS – Impact of local welfare systems on female labour force participation and social cohesion » (www.flows-eu.eu), financed by the European Union – Seventh Framework Program (2007 to 2013).


August 17, 2012 The Fifth State of Freelance

What do those images have in common?       At the top, one of the masterpieces of modern Italian art, “The fourth state” from Pelizza da Volpedo (1901) and beneath it, a contemporary theatre piece with the evocative title of “The fifth state” (2011). The “Fourth State” portrays the proletarian class, those whose only…

December 17, 2010 Work in the Time of the Knowledge Worker

Management consultants are one of the professions who are more often cited as emblematic of the transformation into post-industrial society, which since the ‘70s has marked the advanced capitalistic economies. If I wanted to try the mission impossible of summarizing this complexity in just one single word, the one that comes to my mind is…