2011 Ph.D in Social Research Methodology and Applied Sociology – Social Work curriculum. Dissertation Title  Dilemmi etici e criteri di scelta degli assistenti sociali nei servizi per i minori (Ethical Dilemmas and choices of social worker in child protection services) XXIII ciclo

2000 - 2002 - “Training for trainers” - Two years school at the Studio APS “Studio Analisi Psicosociale” in Milan, Seminars and residential courses on analysis of organisational processes, building and conducting teams, managing conflicts in the organisations. 

1997  - Essex University (Colchester UK) Summer School in Social Science and Data Analysis and Collection, European Center for Analysis in Social Science (ECASS)

1992  Honours in Political Science. Social policies - University of MIlan 

1982 Bachelor in Social Work -  School for Social Workers, Milan, Italy – MA Degree in Social Work

Academic career and teaching activities

President of the Bachelor in social work (from 2021)

Research interests

Child protection systems and Social work practice;

Ethics in social work; 

Participation and social work

Decision making in Social work

Professional identities and organisation

Social work education

Qualitative research methods e participatory research

Research work

Attività di ricerca

2021 - on going - CaLThoP – Care leavers thoughts on placement – I parere dei care leavers sul Sistema di protezione dell’oinfanzia e legittimità intervento dello stato – Responsabile  scientifica Studio pilota –  

2020 - on going -  Care@D  - Care at distance. Prevenzione, supporto psico-sociale e riabilitazione online durante il lockdown: analisi multilivello delle esperienze in UniTN e sperimentazione di nuovi modelli di cura. Progetto interdipartimentale DIPSCO e DSRS - Resp. unità “La cura a distanza nei servizi per minori e famiglie”  - 

2019 - present “COPING - Construction of Parenting in Insecure Grounds” -PRIN research Project - Principal Investigator: Prof. Silvia Fargion. Member of the Research Unit related to Parenting in high conflict separations. Ongoing main activities: data collection (qualitative interviews) and analysis (grounded theory with Nvivo)

2017 - 2020 -  Consiglio Nazionale Assistenti Sociali - “Ruolo e qualità del servizio sociale nelle attività di tutela dei minorenni” (Role and quality of social workers in child protection activities). Principal investigator: Research design, project management, data collection and analysis. Coordination of research sub teams. Direct involvement in two Research Units, dedicated at “the prescribed role of social workers” (document analysis), and at “the enacted role” (practice research).

Memberships in societies and scientific committees


  • 2019 - Present - Member of the editorial board, European Journal of Social Work. Associate editor from 2022
  • 2018 - present - Member of the editorial board of the international  journal of social work values and ethics
  • 2019  - 2021 Chair of the EASSW (European Association of Schools of Social Work)
    • 2015 - 2019 member of the EASSW Executive Board - secretary from 2017 to 2019
  • 2015 - present - Member of SOCISS - Società Italiana ricerca Servizio Sociale
  • 2012 - Present Member to ESWRA  (European Social Work Research Association)
    • Member of the Special Interest Group of Decision - Assessemnt and Risk (DARSIG)
    • founding Member of Special Interest Group  of Research on Ethics (SWERG)
  • 2008 - present AIS Member of Italian Sociological Association - Social policies section
  • AIV -  Member ot the Italian Association Evaluation
  • 2009  - 2015 Member of the executive committee  AIDOSS - Associazione Italiana Docenti di Servizio Sociale (Italian Association of Social Work Educators)




Other work

Advisor of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the events that occurred at ‘il Forteto’; from October 2021 to the end of the legislature 

Training activities for social professions. Last


2019-2021 President of EASSW - European Association Schools of Social Work -