ESR7: Measuring the effects of CWS on the coworkers’ performance and wellbeing in core vs. periphery. A counterfactual analysis

Host: Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Supervisor: Ilaria Mariotti, co-supervisor Carolina Pacchi

1 PhD position, full-time

Duration: September 2021 – August 2024

CWS have proven to be a profitable business and expand the scope of businesses by adding supplementary services that are welcomed by entrepreneurs and the self-employed. The ESR project has a triple aim: (i) to explore whether and how working in a CWS has a positive effect on the coworkers’ economic performance and well-being; (ii) which are the main determinants driving this phenomenon; (iii) whether differences arise between core and peripheral areas. To reach this goal, a counterfactual analysis will be carried out concerning two groups of workers: those working in a CWS in an urban area, and those (i.e. freelancers, entrepreneurs, etc.) working in a CWS in peripheral and rural areas. Quantitative data will come from an on-line questionnaire addressed to a representative sample of the two groups, from CWS in Italy, Austria and Greece.

The fellow will be integrated in the PhD programme “Urban Planning and Policy Design” at DAStu-Politecnico di Milano (IT).

Secondments are foreseen at the Paris School of Business, France, Impact Hub Global, Austria and ECHN, Greece.


  • Development of theoretical and conceptual framework of the study
  • Collect data and main patterns about CWS in Italy, Austria and Greece and map them.
  • Develop and carry out a survey addressed to coworkers in Italy, Austria and Greece.
  • Compare the performance and wellbeing of coworkers in core vs. peripheral areas in the three countries and develop a counterfactual analysis
  • Discuss the results and frame policy implications


  • Masters’ degree in social sciences, economics, geography or another discipline corresponding to the topic of the project
  • good knowledge of quantitative methods
  • fluent in English, preferably good knowledge of Italian
  • good knowledge of IT-based communication tools
  • readiness to participate in secondments, conferences and workshops
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and in working in a cooperative and flexible team environment

The fellow should contribute to the outreach of the project, especially by:

  • Elaborating a PhD thesis
  • Active participation in progressing the ITN’s publications (WP monographs, journal articles)
  • Active participation in scientific conferences, policy workshops etc. at national and EU level
  • Participation in media communication, in the development of a web-based glossary, in creating video clips and podcasts and in disseminating project information at the EU level using the European Commissions’ communication tools 

For further information you may contact:

Prof. Ilaria Mariotti,

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.