Dr Rossella Ciccia

Dr Rossella Ciccia is Associate Professor of Social Policy in in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and a Fellow of Green Templeton College. Her research interests lie in field of comparative social policy with a particular focus on issues relating to social inequalities, gender, care and paid work. She is a member of the international research network Gender Equality Policy in Practice (GEPP) and of the scientific board of the International Observatory on Social Cohesion and Inclusion.

Her work has appeared notably in the Journal of European Social Policy, Social Politics, Policy & Society, Quality and Quantity, European Journal of Politics and Gender, Gender and Politics, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Social Policy & Administration, Revista Espanola de Sociologia. She has been the PI of the Marie Curie Project AGenDA investigating the role of social inequalities and welfare coalitions in the reform of Long-Term Care policies in Italy and Spain (2018-2020).

Her research was awarded the nominee honor for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work/Family Research in 2015. In February 2020, she received the inaugural Emma Goldman award in recognition of the substantial contributions of her research to knowledge on feminist and inequality issues in Europe. 

Prior to joining the University of Oxford, she has held positions at Queen’s University Belfast, Scuola Normale Superiore, Maynooth University and Radboud University Nijmegen and several other European universities. 



Lauri T., Põder K. and Ciccia R., (2020) “Pathways to Gender Equality: A Configurational Analysis of Childcare Instruments and Outcomes in 21 European Countries”, Social Policy & Administration, https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12562

Ciccia R. and Lombardo E., (2019), “Care policies in practice: discourse as transversal factor in policy implementation”, Policy & Society, 38(4): 537-553.

Ciccia R. and Javornik J., (2019) “Comparing welfare states: Methodological innovations to capture intra-country variation”, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 21(1):1-8.

Ciccia R. and D. Sainsbury (2018), “Gendering Welfare State Analysis: Tensions between Care and Paid Work”, European Journal in Politics & Gender, (1) 1-2: 93-109.

Ciccia R. and Guzman-Concha C. (2018) “Reforming welfare states in times of austerity: protest and the politics of unemployment insurance”, in Arp Fallov, M. and Blad C . (eds.) Social Welfare Responses in a Neoliberal Era: Policies, Practices and Social Problems, Leiden: Brill Publishers 

Ciccia R. (2017) “A two step-approach for the analysis of hybrids in comparative social policy analysis: a nuanced typology of childcare policies between policies and regimes”, Quality & Quantity, 51(6): 2761–2780.

Ciccia R. (2016) “Qualitative Comparative Analysis as a Tool for Concept Clarification, Typology Building, and Contextualized Comparisons in Gender and Feminist Research”, Politics and Gender, 12 (3) 

O’Riain S., Behling F., Ciccia R. and Flaherty E. (eds.) (2015) The Changing Worlds and Workplaces of Capitalism, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Ciccia R. and Bleijenbergh I. (2014) “After the Male Breadwinner Model? Childcare Services and the Division of Labour in Europe”, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 21(1) 50-79 

Ciccia R. and Verloo M. (2012) “Parental Leave Regulations and the Persistence of the Male Breadwinner Model: Using Fuzzy Set Ideal Type Analysis to Assess Gender Equality in an Enlarged Europe”, Journal of European Social Policy 22(5):507-528.


Rossella would be particularly interested in supervising DPhil students interested social policies in relation to care and gender issues, disability and long-term care, social inequalities and intersectionality, social movements and social policy reforms, comparative social policy analysis in Europe and Latin America.