Ph.D. in Political Sociology and senior researcher and expert in, training and labour policies, education, social inclusion, gender policies and evaluation, in particular within Structural Funds. Since 2004, she coordinates the Equal Opportunities and Gender Mainstreaming activities at IRS and, since 2008, she is the responsible for the International and European Affairs at IRS. Flavia is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Sociology of Labour at the Faculty of Educational Sciences - University of Bologna, Italy, since 1999. At EU level, she is the independent expert for Italy in the framework of the Experts Network in gender equality, social inclusion, health and long term care (EGGSI). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of AIV, Italian Evaluation Society, and of EES, European Evaluation Society.