Associate Professor in Human Resource Management
The lines of research around which my current scientific work is articulated are oriented in three main directions, which are closely interconnected and at the basis of my publishing activity. The first area of interest lies in the debate, internal to human resources management, on the construction of gender differences in organisations. The second research area investigates work trajectories and fragmented careers, with a focus on knowledge work, precariousness and gender inequalities. The third line of research explores the organising of precarious workers and the emerging forms of coalition in relation to the current crisis of the traditional models of representation.
Since the beginning of my academic career, I have been involved in several international projects. I am currently the Principal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant 2016 project SHARE – Seizing the Hybrid Areas of work by Re-presenting self-Employment (2017-2022).
In the previous years (2014-2017), I have been the Scientific Coordinator of the European FP7 project GARCIA – ‘Gendering the Academy and Research: Combating career Instability and Asymmetries’, which involved seven European countries and has been funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission.
In 2012, I obtained a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Incoming Fellowship and I worked at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) by conducting a research project aimed to compare, from a gender perspective, the different biographical and professional trajectories of postdoctoral researchers in Italy and Belgium.
In 2010-2012 I was a member of the research teams of two projects focused on employment instability based at the University of Trento (Italy). The first – Actions for improving the quality of work life of temporary workers – funded by the European Social Fund of the Province of Trento, focused on the forms of social protection accessible with a fixed-term contract. The second project – Trapped or flexible? Risk transitions and missing policies for young high-skilled workers in Europe – was funded by the European Commission, and explored employment instability, with a specific focus on the risks of deskilling.
The interest in precariousness, and in how unstable employment trajectories are intertwined with other dimensions – family, health, citizenship – has been explored also in other previous research projects, more focused on the local and national level. An interesting line of research, focused on occupational health, has been carried out within the project Sicurtemp – Safety and well-being in temporary contracts, co-funded by the Italian National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (2013-2014).
I am currently a member of the associate board of the journal Work, Employment and Society and, since 2016, I am an expert evaluator for the call H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, Scientific Panel ECO-SOC.
I have spent periods as a visiting researcher in Belgium (KU Leuven University), Germany (Humboldt University) and the Netherlands (Rabdoud University).
- PhD supervision
My research interests include work trajectories and fragmented careers, with a focus on precariousness, knowledge work and the social construction of gender in organisations. I would be happy to supervise students in the following areas:
- Precariousness and social inequalities
- Knowledge workers
- The organising of precarious workers
- Gender and organisations
- Gender differences in scientific careers
If you would like to contact me about a proposal or application, please do so via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I currently supervise two PhD students:
· Patricia Gray, with Professor Jennifer Tomlinson and Professor Catherine Noakes.
Patricia is working on how higher education professional development programmes can boost women’s academic career prospects in STEM disciplines.
· Dunya Alothaim, with Dr. Charles Umney and Professor Irena Grugulis.
Dunya's research is on work alienation in Saudi Arabia's universities.
- Recent publications (selected)
Armano, E., Bove, A., Murgia, A. (2017) (eds.) Mapping Precariousness, Labour Insecurity and Uncertain Livelihoods: Subjectivities and Resistance, London, Routledge.
Bozzon, R., Murgia, A., Poggio, B., Rapetti, E. (2017) “Work-life interferences in the early stages of academic careers: The case of precarious researchers in Italy, European Educational Research Journal, 16(2-3): 332-351.
Special issue “The Precariousness of Knowledge Workers (parts 1-2), Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, 2/2016 and 1/2017, with Emiliana Armano and Lara Maestripieri.
Gherardi, S., Murgia, A. (2015) “Staging precariousness: The Serpica Naro catwalk at fashion Milan week”, Culture and Organization, 21(2): 174-196.
Gherardi, S., Murgia, A. (2015) “Imagine being asked to evaluate your CEO... Teaching gender and management in times of economic crisis”, Management Learning, 46(1): 6-23.
Murgia, A. (2014) “Representations of precarity in Italy. Collective and individual stories, social imaginaries and subjectivities”, Journal of Cultural Economy, 7(1): 48-63.
Murgia, A., Poggio, B. (2014) “At Risk of Deskilling and Trapped by Passion: A Picture of Precarious Highly Educated Young Workers in Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom”, in L. Antonucci, M. Hamilton, S. Roberts (eds.) Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with risk, inequality and precariousness in times of crisis, London, Palgrave, pp. 62-86.
- Contact and CV
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