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Dr Luciana Zorzoli is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Department of International Development. Since completing her PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires with support from the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Luciana was selected as a CONICET Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of La Plata in Argentina and a SOAS Postdoctoral Research Associate in London.

She was also a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies of Columbia University, New York and a MERCOSUR Scientific Cooperation Fellowship in the University of Valparaíso, in Chile.


  • Sociology of work
  • Latin American development
  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) and its impact in the South

Luciana's research focuses on labour and labour transformations since the neoliberal turn. In particular, her work focuses on examining the transformations of labour in South American countries since the authoritarian experiences of the sixties and seventies.

One of the core themes of her research is to understand workers’ sources of power, changes in their organisations and organisational strategies, and how these had and has an impact on capital-labour relations and developmental trajectories. A second theme of her research is concerned with the International Labour Organization (ILO) role in the region, considering the challenges faced by the ILO and ILO International Labour Standards in developing countries as those of the Global South.

She presented her work in the official ILO’s Centenary Celebration Colloquium in Paris (June 2019) and was also invited to give a Seminar on the Centenary relationship between the ILO and Latin America at the University of Salamanca Institute of Iberoamérica.