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Lorenza Antonucci

German Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023


Lorenza Antonucci

Lorenza Antonucci is associate professor in the Department of Social Policy and deputy director of research at the College of Social Sciences at University of Birmingham. Antonucci also serves as a research associate at the European Social Observatory (OSE). Their research is concerned with understanding how European societies are changing and reacting to growing socioeconomic insecurity and the reconfiguration of the mechanisms of social protection, through welfare reforms or changes to the ‘welfare mixes’.

During their time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Antonucci will investigate the causes and effects of the new politics of insecurity in Europe, specifically the social unease that led citizens in Europe to express increasing support for various forms of populism. Antonucci expects their research to develop the theory that connects precarity to populism; transpose measures of socioeconomic insecurity to populist research; and provide new empirical evidence on the link between insecurity and populism in Europe.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Associate Professor, University of Birmingham
  • German Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

The causes and effects of the new politics of insecurity in Europe


Social Policy

Areas of Expertise

New Politics of Insecurity
European Welfare States
Socioeconomic Inequality
Digitalization of Work

Selected Publications

Antonucci, Lorenza, Carlo D’Ippoliti, Laszlo Horvath, and André Krouwel. “What’s Work Got to Do with It? How Precarity Influences Radical Party Support in France and the Netherlands.” Sociological Research Online, 2021, 136078042110203.

Antonucci, Lorenza, and Simone Varriale. “Unequal Europe, Unequal Brexit: How Intra-European Inequalities Shape the Unfolding and Framing of Brexit.” Current Sociology 68, no. 1 (2019): 41–59.

Antonucci, Lorenza. “Not all experiences of precarious work lead to precarity: the case study of young people at university and their welfare mixes.” Journal of Youth Studies 21, no. 7 (2018): 888-904.

Antonucci, Lorenza, Laszlo Horvath, Yordan Kutiyski, and André Krouwel. “The Malaise of the Squeezed Middle: Challenging the Narrative of the ‘Left Behind’ Brexiter.” Competition & Change 21, no. 3 (2017): 211–29.

Antonucci, Lorenza. Student Lives in Crisis. Deepening inequality in times of austerity (2016) Bristol: Policy Press.