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Silvia Girardi is currently working on her doctoral research project on the social inclusion and labour market integration of social assistance beneficiaries.

Her research project aims at understanding individuals' dynamics of social assistance recipiency and the role that institutional and individual factors play on working-age beneficiaries’ exit from social assistance support in Luxembourg.
In particular, her project focuses on beneficiaries receiving the minimum income support scheme (Revenu Minimum Garanti) and investigates: (1) the influence of activation policies in fostering beneficiaries’ exit from social assistance, their employment prospects and, more broadly, their social inclusion and (2) the practices of social workers in implementing these activation policies while having to mediate between the personal and social needs of the beneficiaries and the requirements established by the policy regulation. The project has a multi-methods approach and relies on the analysis of data coming from administrative records as well as qualitative interviews conducted with policy beneficiaries, implementers and managers.

Silvia Girardi is based at the Luxembourg Institute for Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and at the Centre for Sociological Research of KU Leuven. She is carrying her project under the supervision of Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven), Alessio Fusco (LISER) and Wim Van Oorschot (KU Leuven). Her research project is supported by the Luxembourgish National Research Fund (project 10239475).

Before starting her doctoral research project, Silvia Girardi was a researcher at the Italian Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (FBK- IRVAPP). She holds an Msc in Sociology and Social Research from University of Trento (Italy) and an Advanced Master in Social Policy Analysis from KU Leuven (Belgium).

Her project has been recently highlighted by the "Spotlight on Young Researchers" initiative from the Luxembourgish National Research Fund. More info here.