Sessione 19

Remote work and local communities. Transformation of work, territories and citizenship and implications for social policies

Francesco Campolongo (University of Padua), Francesco E. Iannuzzi (University of Padua), Valeria Piro (University of Padua), Anne-Iris Romens (University of Padua), and Devi Sacchetto (University of Padua)



Remote work has grown exponentially in the last year following the containment measures adopted to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. This phenomenon has propelled a growing number of researchers into analysing this modality of performing work and its effects. Recent Italian literature has mainly focussed on how remotisation increases inequalities in the labour market (Cetrulo et al., 2020; Bonacini et al., 2020; INAPP, 2020) and how it stimulates organisational and managerial transformations (Fullin and Pacetti, 2020; Albano et al., 2019). However, the expansion of remote work has also consequences on other aspects of working and non-working lives. Firstly, it leads to an overlap of different spheres of life and transforms care work distribution within households (Sullivan, 2012; King et al., 2020; Mangiavacchi et al., 2020). Secondly, remote work changes the structure and patterns of consumption (Gollob et al. 2001; Cullinane, 2009). Lastly, the dematerialisation of traditional workspaces and the territorial spread of working activities are leading to a spatial reconfiguration of local communities, creating new ways of experiencing public space and acting like citizens.

In this session, we invite authors to submit empirical or empirically informed theoretical contributions, both in Italian and English. We encourage submissions from different disciplines and fields of study, such as sociology, organisation studies, political science, labour law, geography, cultural studies, anthropology, and industrial and employment relations.

We invite prospective authors to contribute to advancing our understanding of remote work and local communities by focussing (among others) on:

– Continuity and innovation in work and organisational processes.
– Work-life balance and overlapping between different spheres and times of living.
– Normative frameworks concerning ‘smart working’ and other forms of remote work.
– Innovative forms of sociality and cooperativism at work.
– Territorial transformations, including national and intra-regional mobility processes.
– The new demands regarding local policies.