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Emanuela Naclerio is Postdoc Researcher on the NWO-funded VIDI project Crafting Future Urban Economies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her current research considers micro-entrepreneurs in sustainable craft, focusing on issues of work, identity and cultural production in France and Italy. In 2022, she received her PhD in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research from University of Milan and University of Turin. In her thesis, she explored the experiences of young performing artists in the city of Milan in relation with processes of individualization, precarisation and aestheticization of work. In 2021 she was PhD visiting scholar at Goldsmiths University London. Emanuela’s research interests look at the intersection between work, sustainability and cultural production from a perspective that takes into account sociological theories and cultural sociology.



- (2024) Flourishing on the Stage: Embodied Reflexivity and the Effacing of Work Boundaries in Contemporary Performing Arts, Sociology, {in press}.

- (2023) with Giorgi, G. Spotlight on discrimination at work: Italian actresses' construction of digital spaces of feminist struggle, European Journal of Cultural Studies, {in press}.

- (2023) Playing among passion and insecurity. A qualitative study of work in the Italian performing arts, Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, 3, pp. 469-490.

- (2023) Self-entrepreneurship in uncertain futures: the case of performing artists in Italy, International Sociology, 38, 1.

- (2022) Traces of solidarity: performing artists’ efforts against individualisation and isolation during Covid-19 pandemic, Sciences et actions sociales, 18.

- (2022) Young actresses at work: an analysis of gender and power inequalities in the Italian theatrical sector, Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat, 136(1), pp. 31–48.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

ERMeCHS research clusters

  • STiCS - Sustainable Transitions in Culture & Societies


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