Paolo Borghi completed his PhD in 2018 at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the Bicocca University of Milan (in co-tutorship with the Humboldt University), where he conducted comparative research on collective representation of self-employed workers in Italy and Germany. In 2017-2018, he participated in the European project I-WIRE – ‘Independent Workers and Industrial Relations in Europe. The social dialogue between traditional and innovative forms of collective representation’.
His scientific interests cover two main research areas. The first focuses on self-employed workers’ representation in a comparative perspective, based on multi-sited ethnography and qualitative studies. The second area of interest concerns the digitalisation processes, their effects on work organisation, and the emergence of collective claims promoted by new and well-settled collective actors. He is particularly interested in the ‘field theory’ for the study of emerging social phenomena, and in the development of a slow comparative agenda in Industrial Relations studies.
As a member of the SHARE team, he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Work and Employment Relations Division of the Leeds University Business School (June 2018 - January 2019). Paolo is currently postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan, and is conducting the qualitative fieldwork in Italy and in the UK. During the fieldwork, in 2018, he was hosted in Rome at Fondazione Di Vittorio (FDV). In London, in 2019, he was hosted at the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries of the King’s College. He co-authored (2020), with the other members of the team, the article ‘Hybrid Areas of Work Between Employment and Self-Employment: Emerging Challenges and Future Research Directions’ in the journal Frontiers in Sociology.