Cecilia Navarra

Senior researcher at NAI since June 2017

Subject areas:
Firm structure and employment, small enterprises, cooperatives, smallholder agriculture, gender roles and household livelihood strategies, women economic empowerment.
Geographical areas:
Mozambique, Ethiopia
Language skills:
English, Italian, Portugese
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Research projects

Employment, business and credit in Mozambique: insights from a gender-sensitive household survey.
This is an on-going project that aims at analysing the access to different income sources (both business and employment) in a gender perspective. This project paper aims at analysing gender inequalities both within households and in the economic activities, with a focus on peri-urban areas in southern Mozambique.

Small enterprises in urban areas between formalization policies and social protection needs. A discussion on the Ethiopian case.
Two elements are strongly present in urban poverty reduction policies, both promoted by governments and by donors: access to microfinance and promotion of small entrepreneurial activities. These are mainly directed to women, youths and other “vulnerable groups”. Nevertheless, these small firms face the risk of being locked into a “small scale trap” or into low-value-added positions. This questions the idea of “poor as natural entrepreneurs” that has fuelled the microfinance boom

Social networks and labour market outcomes among Senegalese migrants in Europe and Africa.
This project examines the role of social ties in the economic integration of Senegalese migrants in Europe and Africa. Previous studies have generally converged in their finding of a positive effect of ties to natives – “bridging” social capital in Putnam’s terminology - on immigrants’ labour market outcomes. In contrast, the role of co-ethnic ties (or “bonding” social capital) is less clear-cut. Some have argued that the higher degree of in-group solidarity that characterize co-ethnic ties make these a valuable resource and increase immigrants’ wages and working hours.


  • PhD in Economics of Institutions, Dep. of Economics “Cognetti de Martiis”, University of Turin, 2008.
  • Master in Economics, CORIPE-Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy, 2004
  • M.A. in International Relations, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Turin, 2003
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