The Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC) studies changes of life courses and their consequences on social inequality in modern societies. It is part of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. The founding members of the Center are Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Fabrizio Bernardi, Rasmus Hoffmann and Martin Kohli

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News & Events


CRITEVENTS workshop, EUI, 18-19 June 2018

The CRITEVENTS consortium will meet at the EUi on June 18-19, 2018, for a workshop at the Badia Fiesolana, Seminar Room 2. See here for the preliminary programme: those interested in attending should register with Monika Rzemieniecka by 31 May.

Fabrizio Bernardi's talk at the TEDx Pisa 2015 on inequality, education and social mobility

La pericolosa curva Grande Gatsby: cosa succede se l'estrazione familiare conta più dello studio

ECSR 2017 Best Poster Award


Marco Cozzani (EUI, SPS researcher), Moris Triventi (formerly EUI, now University of Trento) and Prof Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI) have been awarded with the best poster presentation prize by the board of the European Consortium for Sociological Research for their research on "Maternal Stress and Pregnancy Outcomes. Evidence from the 2004 Madrid Bombing".

The prize has been assigned during the September 2017 ECSR general conference, held at Bocconi University.

RC28 Significant Scholarship Award


Professor Fabrizio Bernardi from the Department of Political and Social Sciences (EUI) has been awarded the "2017 RC28 Significant Scholarship Award" prize for his article “ Compensatory Advantage as a Mechanism of Educational Inequality” by the Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility of the International Sociological Association.

The prize has been awarded to him during the RC28 meeting, held at the Columbia University in August 2017.


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Education, Occupation and Social Origin. A Comparative Analysis of the Transmission of Socio-Economic Inequalities
edited by Fabrizio Bernardi (European University Institute) and Gabriele Ballarino (University of Milan)
This innovative book takes a comparative approach to the social origin–education–destination triangle (OED), looking at the intergenerational transmission of advantage in 14 countries. The intention is to debate the claim that education is the ‘great social equalizer’. The contributors examine the relation between family background, education and occupational achievement over time and across educational levels, focusing on the relationship between individuals’ social origins and their income and occupational outcomes. It will be of interest to academics and students of social policy and those interested in social inequalities and their reproduction over time.
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Childcare, Early Education and Social Inequality. An international perspective 

edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Nevena Kulic, Jan Skopek and Moris Triventi
The fourth book in the eduLIFE Lifelong Learning Series, to be published by Edward Elgar, provides a cross country comparison of access to early education and childcare, and an evaluation of its short and long term effects on individuals from different social backgrounds. 
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Models of Secondary Education and Social Inequality

edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Sandra Buccholz, Jan Skopek and Moris Triventi

The third book in the eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series, to be published by Edward Elgar, focuses on educational differentiation in secondary education and short- and longer-term consequences on social inequality in educational opportunities, achievement and final educational attainment 

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Projects & Collaborations


Critical Life Events and the Dynamics of Inequality: Risk, Vulnerability, and Cumulative Disadvantage (CRITEVENTS)

norface-logo CRITEVENTS is a consortium of researchers from the University of Amsterdam, University of Lausanne, Oxford University, Stockholm University, and European University Institute that studies the impact of two critical life events - job loss and union dissolution - on the life trajectories of adults and their children. It examines two pathways through which these events may produce an accumulation of inequality over the life course: risk and vulnerability. Risk refers to social gradients in the likelihood of experiencing these events, whereas vulnerability refers to social gradients in the impact of these events on economics and noneconomic outcomes.

The project's main objectives are to understand:

  • (1) how job loss and union dissolution contribute to the accumulation of disadvantage over the life course;
  • (2) what mechanisms explain the (unequal) impact of these events; and 
  • (3) which work and family policies are effective in targeting these mechanisms in order to reduce inequality.

The project is funded by Norface and led by Thomas Leopold at the UNiversity of Amsterdam.

The EUI node of the project is led by Juho Härkönen.

Advances in Life Course Research

Advances in Life Course Research_logoAdvances in Life Course Research (Editor-in-Chief: L. Bernardi, J. Härkönen) publishes articles dealing with various aspects of the human life course. Seeing life course research as an essentially interdisciplinary field of study, it invites and welcomes contributions from anthropology, bisocial science, demography, epidemiology and statistics, gerontology, economics, management and organisation science, policy studies, psychology, research methodology and sociology.

Former Research Projects hosted by CLIC


Gender and Education in Germany

Project Funded by the German Research Council (DFG)

Families-and-Societies-bannerProject Funded by the FP7 Programme


Project Funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

Funding Agencies