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Maurilio Pirone

Research fellow

Department of the Arts

Curriculum vitae

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Postdoc fellow at the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna since 2019, working for the European project Platform Labour in Urban Spaces (PLUS).

My research is mainly carried out within political philosophy and economic sociology. My interests include new forms of trade unionism, the transformations of work and the impact of digital technologies, platform economics, social and urban movements.


I graduated in Philosophy at the University of Roma Tre (Bachelor in 2008 and Master in 2011).

Subsequently I obtained (2017) a PhD in Politics, Institutions and History at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna with a thesis entitled "The government of the labour force. Production and subjectivity according to Marx" under the supervision of Prof. Sandro Mezzadra.

I have been visiting scholar (2015) at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie of the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. In addition, I have a Master's degree in Civic Education (2013) and a qualification as Project Manager specializing in urban regeneration (2017).

Academic career

I have been working several times as teaching assistant: in Philosophy (2009/2011) for the University Roma Tre and in Geography and Territorial Processes (2014) and Political Science (2018) for the University of Bologna.

Scientific activity

For the PLUS project, I study the processes of unionisation that have arisen around the development of the platform economy. Also within the project I am engaged in field research on the impact of digital technologies on the labor process. I also manage the project's Data Management Plan.

Previously I collaborated with other international projects, in particular with the Universidad Iberoamericana of Puebla for the research The Future of Work. Labour after Laudato Yes and with Haus der Kulturen der Welt for the project Zur Aktualität von Balibar/Wallersteins "Rasse, Klasse, Nation".

Membership in scientific and editorial committees

Since 2019 I joined the editorial board of the Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation journal.

Moreover, since some years I take part in the international collective research project Into the Black Box that deals with logistics, spaces and labour with a multidisciplinary approach.

Awards and recognitions

2019 - Winner of the Call for Collaborative Projects of the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theories with the project of the training school Experiencing the City.

2015 - Marco Polo scholarship for a period of international research.

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