Dr Chiara Manzoni

Chiara Manzoni is a Senior Social Researcher at NIESR. She is a mix-methods researcher with expertise in a range of methodologies, including ethnography. qualitative interviews, focus groups, survey design and analysis, policy and programme evaluations, evidence reviews and scenario analysis.  For ten years she conducted in-depth qualitative research with vulnerable Roma living in slums in Italy, Spain, Romania and former Yugoslavia.

Research Interests

Chiara’s research interests situate across the study of migration patterns and integration of migrants. She is particularly interested on the issues affecting vulnerable groups, including young people, ethnic minorities and their education and labour market prospects. She has expertise in research on casual work and the gig economy and on programme and policy evaluation at the national and EU level. She has experience on programme and policy on youth unemployment and on characterising the geography of new employment dynamics. She has also undertaken research on refugees’ journeys into sustainable employment, on EU immigration policies for third country nationals and on the discrimination and access to employment for female workers with disabilities. Her research has been funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Education, Department of Work and Pensions, Low Pay Commission, Equality and Human Right Commission, European Parliament, EuroFound, European Commission, The Royal College of Nursing, the European Spatial Planning Observation Network, the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, the Council of Europe, Careers and Enterprise Company, Nuffield Foundation and Education and Endowment Foundation.


PhD in Applied Sociology and Social Research Methodology, University of Milan-Bicocca
MA (Hons) in Sociology and Research Methodology, University La Sapienza, Rome
BA Sociology, University of Milan-Bicocca


2018 – present –  Senior Social Researcher, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
2016-2018 – Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies
2016 – present – Research Associate, University of Science PO (Paris)
2014 –  2016 – Field Researcher, TNS London
2014 –  2015 – Research Consultant, Westminster Befriend a Family, London Project: Services evaluation

Additional Information

Selected Publications
Stokes, L., Dorsett, R., Manzoni, C., Runge, J. & Xu, L. (2021) Supervision of Designated Safeguarding Leads in Primary Schools in Bolton, What Works for Children Social Care, NIESR.

Dawson, A, Stokes, L., Huxley, C., Runge, J., Takala, H., Manzoni, C., Hudson-Sharp, N., Williams, C. (2020) Early Years Toolbox: Pilot evaluation report, Education Endowment Foundation, NIESR and IES.

Eurofound (2019), Casual work: Characteristics and implications, New forms of employment series, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

Hudson-Sharp, N., Manzoni, C., Rolfe, H., Runge, J. (2019) Understanding employers’ use of the National Minimum Wage youth rates, Low Pay Commission, NIESR

Manzoni, C., Rolfe, H., (2019b), Promoting ethnic and religious integration in schools: a review of evidence, DfE

Manzoni, C., Rolfe, H., (2019), How schools are integrating migrant pupils and their families, NIESR.

Busetti, S., Drufuca, S., Melloni, E., Patrizio, M., Samek Lodovici M., Vasilescu, C., Barbone,  L., Speckesser,  S., Hadjivassiliou, K., Marvell, R., Manzoni, C., Green, M., Bruck, A., Gajewski, J., Hillmann, F., Ślęzak, E., (2018), The Geography of New Employment Dynamics in Europe. ESPON

Broughton A, Manzoni C, (2017), Edited by IRES Lucia Morosini Smart industrial relations: a review of practices in the manufacturing, automotive and chemicals sectors in western Europe

Marangozov, R., Huxley, C., Manzoni C., Pike G., (2018) Royal College of Nursing Employment Survey 2017

Broughton, A., Marangozov, R., Manzoni C., (2017) Measurement framework for equality and human rights, EHRC.

Hadjivassiliou, K., Rickard, C., Manzoni C., Swift S., (2016) Database of effective youth employment measures in selected Member States, STYLE Project.

Manzoni C., (2018) Exploring Housing Choices: Strategies of Survival and Adaptation of Roma Living in Settlements, in Transnational Resilience and Change: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategies of Survival and Adaptation Edited by Dan Allen, Margaret Greenfields and David Smith, Cambridge Scholars Publishing pp 114-133

Manzoni, C., (2018), Vie d’Uscita. Le Carriere abitative di rom usciti dai “campi”. Premio Ricerca 2018, Associazione 21 Luglio ISBN 9788894263411

Broughton A, Manzoni C, (2017), Employment in privatised utilities: A higher risk of precariousness? European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department A: Economic and Scientific Affairs.

Hadjivassiliou, K P, Manzoni C., (2017), Study on Discrimination and Access to Employment for Female Workers with Disabilities, United Kingdom case study published by European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs,.

Manzoni, C., (2016), “Should I stay or should I go? Why Roma migrants leave or remain in nomad camps,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1201579

Manzoni, C. and D’Alessandro (2015), Social Impact evaluation Report and Service Review Report. Westminster Befriend a Family

Manzoni, C., (2015), “Dentro o fuori dai campi? Gli effetti delle politiche sulle carriere abitative dei rom”, in T. Vitale (ed.), Inchiesta sui campi rom, Firenze, La casa Usher.

Manzoni, C., Sarcinelli, A.S., (2015), “Colmare un vuoto. Gli effetti delle politiche invisibili per i rom di Milano e Torino”, in T. Vitale (ed.), Inchiesta sui campi rom, Firenze, La casa Usher.

Manzoni, C. (2015), “Between constraints and opportunities. Housing careers of Roma migrants in Turin”. In Cortinovis R. (ed.), Migration: Energy for the planet, Feeding Cultures, outcomes of the 2014 International Metropolis Conference, Fondazione Ismu, Quaderni Ismu 3/2015 pp. 87-94.

Manzoni, C., (2014), “Why Roma migrants leave or remain in settlements? Different strategies of survival and adaptation among Roma in northern Italy” in M. Tomita, S. Cace, The Second World Congress on Resilience: from Person to Society, Edimond, Monduzzi Editore Bologna 1273-1277.

Giubileo F., Manzoni C., Parma A., Zoller L., (2013), “The analysis of administrative sources through density maps”, Autonomie locali e servizi sociali, Il Mulino, vol. 3, 2013, pp. 471-490; ISBN 9788815242402.

Research Report, Indagine sulla soddisfazione dei turisti in Lombardia nella stagione estiva 2010, Éupolis Lombardia, Milano, 2011.

Research Report Caminanti e Comunità locali, Studio sulle popolazioni Rom, Sinte e Camminanti presenti nelle Regioni Convergenza, Roma – Maggio 2010.


Manzoni, C., D’Angelo, A., (2020) How have migrant pupils been affected by lockdown and school closures, Economics Observatory.

Aitken, A., Manzoni, C., Runge, J. (2019) Past, present and future of immigration, NIESR General Election Briefing, Nuffield Foundation.

Runge, J., Hudson-Sharp, N., Manzoni, C. (2019) Youth Rates: The National Minimum Wage for younger workers, NIESR Briefing, ESRC

Blogs and opinion pieces


Supporting migrant children in lockdown: time for joined-up thinking Social Policy Association and NIESR


Why Covid-19 should change the conversation on migrant workers NewStatesman

Britain’s bid to attract the brightest and the best after Brexit could backfire The Spectator


The benefits of integration at school, IntegrationHub and NIESR


Anti-immigration rhetoric won’t solve Italy’s immigration woes, NIESR

Not just a job: supporting refugees into sustainable employment, OpenDemocracy UK


NHS nurses: filling the recruitment gap, IES


Autoetnografia di un congresso. Come, dove e perché parlare dei campi rom?, WOTS

Autoetnografia di un congresso. Rischi e virtù della partecipazione rom, WOTS

Autoetnografia di un congresso. Per una ricerca politicamente impegnata, WOTS