Roberto Pedersini is Associate Professor of Economic Sociology and Director of the interdepartmental research centre “WTW – Work, Training and Welfare” at the Università degli Studi di Milano. His main research interests concern labour market regulation and policies and industrial and employment relations. He has both participated and coordinated several research projects in these fields since the early 1990s at both national and international level. He has collaborated with the International Labour Office and collaborated as an expert with the European Commission and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in several occasions. His recent publications include Economic crisis and the politics of public service employment relations in Italy and France (with Lorenzo Bordogna, in European Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 19, no. 4, 2013), Coping with the crisis in Italy: Employment relations and social dialogue amidst the recession (with Marino Regini, ILO, 2013) and contributions to Sociology of Work. An Encyclopedia (V. Smith, ed., Sage Publications, 2013).