Francesca Petrella is co-coordinator of the TSI research programme for the Institute of Labour Economics and Industrial Sociology (LEST- CNRS). She is a lecturer at the Aix-Marseille University and researcher in economics at the LEST. She is co-responsible of the second year of the Master Degree specialised in the management of third sector organisations of the Aix-Marseille University. She is a member of research networks at national and international levels (e.g. CIRIEC International, CIRIEC France, RIUESS).

Francesca has developed research works on social economy organisations, their evolution and interactions with public policies, social innovation, quality of work in social economy and on new forms of governance of social welfare services, and of childcare and personal home care services in particular.


Childcare services in France: diversity and governance (2012-2013),
Research project at the French national level, Caisse nationale d’allocations familiales
Role: Pilot with Nadine Richez-Battesti

Employment quality in Social Economy Organisations (2009- 2010)
Research project on the quality of jobs in social economy organisations in comparison with forprofits and public organisations, for the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Caisse des dépôts et consignations.
Role: Pilot with Nadine Richez-Battesti

Study on the situation of social and health services of general interest in the European Union (2005-2007)
The aim of this study was to collect facts and illustrations to improve the knowledge of both service providers and the European Commission on questions concerning the application of the EU rules to the development of social services. The study covers a broad range of topics relevant for all social and heath services of general interest but also studied five sectors more in detail (child care, social housing, long-term care for the elderly, social integration and re-integration, labour market services for disadvantaged persons) for the situation in eight countries: the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Pilots: The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna, Manfred Huber), the Institute for Social Work and Social Education (ISS) (Frankfurt/Main, Mathias Maucher, Peter Herrmann, Bernd Schulte) and the Ciriec International (Barbara Sak et Bernard Enjolras).
Role: Country expert with Nadine Richez-Battesti and Johan Priou.

Changing Family Structures and Social Policy: Childcare Services as Sources of Social Cohesion, TSFEPS (2001 – 2004)
In a context of changing family structures, the TSFEPS Project analyzed the way public policy, the family sphere and third sector organizations interact in the field of childcare services. Its specific objective was to understand the impact of these services on social cohesion, and their suitability in responding to the changes in family structures. The research employed a comparative approach, studying eight European Union member states. Its findings were used to develop recommendations on social and family policy. For the TSFEPS project, the different partners also gathered and compared respective analysis during the established joint working sessions.

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