Paola Di Nicola

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Adjunct professor
Department of
Human Sciences
Academic sector
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Paola di Nicola is a full professor of sociologu of culture and communication at the Department of Human Science. She has carried out numerous theoretical and empirical research on changes in family models, both at the macro level (changes from a demographic and socio-economic point of view), and at the micro level: changes in relationships between couples, between generations and in forms of parenting. The analysis of the family has been developed in light of the impact that welfare policies have on the family resashionship and on the most significant changes in support networks, both informal and informal.
Paola Di Nicola has developed a relevant theoretical and empirical research path on the topic of the genesis of the network paradigm and on the morphogenesis of personal networks in the global society.


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Topic Description Research area
Social capital and network analysis Specific objects of study and research: changes in membership networks at individual and community level. The help relationships activated in primary social networks (family, kinship, friendship, neighborhood) and secondary (associations). Study of changes in the forms and contents of support networks with the help of network analisys techniques. Study of primary and secondary social capital with the aid of network analysis techniques. Forms of social capital and relations of eu- or dis-functionality with respect to welfare policies Inclusive societies and citizenship practices
Social policies Specific objects of study and research: impact of welfare reforms on the demand for services for the population; reforms of welfare systems and regionalization of welfare models in Italy; third sector and community care: potential and limits; relations between the formal and informal system of care services, critical analysis of the policies of reconciliation between work of care and work for the market. Inclusive societies and citizenship practices
Structures, relationships and functions of the family Specific in-depth objects: structural and relational changes in the family (particularly in Italy); the impact of political policies on family structures and functions; changes in relationships between couples and between generations and their impact on the demographic framework and on the demand for services; new family configurations and changes in the cultural models of parenting: from heterosexual parenting to homosexual parenting, from biological parenting to social parenting. The impact of new medically assisted procreation techniques on couple relationships and on the concept of filiation. Division of homework between males and females, care work and its management at family and social level. Childhood, family, and social networks
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Other positions held
Office Collegial Body
member Council for the Degree course in the Sciences of Nursing and Obstretrics - Medicine and Surgery
member Collegio Didattico di Servizio Sociale - Department Human Sciences
Comitato Scientifico del Master in Mediazione familiare - Department Human Sciences
Scientific Committee for the 1st level university Master in Expert in the culture of health safety, social quality of work and responsibility in the Prevention and Protection Service
Comitato Scientifico del Master Universitario Nazionale per la Dirigenza degli Istituti Scolastici (MUNDIS) (II livello) - Department Human Sciences
member Council for the Degree Course in Communication Science
member Council for the Degree Course in Social Services

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