Comparative social policy, residential segregation and quantitative methods

I am a postdoctoral researcher at REMESO, since September 2015. I received a PhD in Urban and Local European Studies at the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2008 (in Italy) and in Social Work at Linnaeus University in 2015 (in Sweden).

How did the retrenchment of the Swedish welfare state affect income inequalities in recent years? Which groups were affected the most by these institutional changes? What was the effect of these changes in cities, in terms of residential segregation? But what do we mean by “residential segregation”? And why is it seen as a problem?

My research spans two interlinked themes.

The first one is research on the Swedish welfare state in a comparative perspective. I am especially interested in how, in recent decades, the institutional changes of the Swedish welfare state influenced differences in living conditions between social and ethnic groups.

My other area of interest is urban sociology, with a focus on residential segregation. My interest is to understand how welfare state changes affected socio-spatial polarization and ethnic segregation in Swedish cities.

In my ongoing research, I examine how ethnic categorization influences researchers’ and policy makers’ understanding of residential segregation as a social problem. In another ongoing project, I am comparing the impacts of the crisis of the early ‘90s and of the recent global financial crisis on income inequality and segregation in Swedish metropolitan areas.

Publications

2018

Simone Scarpa, Carl-Ulrik Schierup

Who Undermines the Welfare State? Austerity-Dogmatism and the U-Turn in Swedish Asylum Policy

In Social Inclusion

Article in journal

2016

Simone Scarpa

The local welfare system as a scale question

In <em>Combating poverty in local welfare systems – active inclusion strategies in European cities</em>

Chapter in book

Scarpa Simone

The local welfare system as a scale question.

In <em>Combating poverty in local welfare systems </em>

Chapter in book

Simone Scarpa

Immigration policy regimes, welfare states and urban inequality patterns: A comparison between Malmo and Genoa

In European Urban and Regional Studies

Article in journal

Simone Scarpa

Looking beyond the neighbourhood: income inequality and residential segregation in Swedish metropolitan areas, 1991–2010

In Urban geography

Article in journal

2015

Simone Scarpa

The impact of income inequality on economic residential segregation: The case of Malmo, 1991-2010

In Urban Studies

Article in journal

Simone Scarpa

The Swedish Model during the International Financial Crisis: Institutional Resilience or Structural Change?

In The European Social Model Adrift

Chapter in book

Simone Scarpa

The Swedish Model during the International Financial Crisis: Institutional Resilience or Structural Change?

In The European Social Model Adrift.<em> </em>

Chapter in book