Olga Salido Cortés


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Olga Salido

Profesora Titular de Sociología

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Dept. Sociología III
Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Campus de Somosaguas
E-28223 MADRID

Tel. (34) 91 3943072

Email address:  olga.salido@cps.ucm.es


PhD in Political Science and Sociology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1996.
BA in Sociology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1986.


General research interests

Social inequality and stratification, gender sociology, labour market processes and occupational mobility, welfare state reform and work-family reconciliation policies

Current Research Projects

Economic cycle, inequality and employment: female employment and its impact on inequality (Spain, 1995-2005)   (Funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Plan Nacional de I+D+I, 2009-2011).
Director: Olga Salido Cortés (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
The main goal of this research is to analyze  the consequences of the growing female labour force participation on inequality during the expansive economic cycle that ended abruptly with the financial crisis of 2008. We examine the link between women’s labour supply and trying to deep our knowledge of the recent changes occurred in Spanish labour market from a social stratification perspective, with and special interest in gender equality. Our main research hypothesis is that the global effect of women’s labour supply on inequality cannot be fully understood unless we take into account, together, the inequality processes that take place inside both labour markets and households. The corollary is that different employment policies as well as those oriented to the reconciliation of work and family life may be responsible for different scenarios of inequality.


Recent Research Projects


Nuevos Riesgos Sociales y  Trayectorias de las Políticas del Bienestar (NURSOPOB)
(Funded by Ministerio De Ciencia y Tecnología, Plan Nacional de I+D+I, 2006-2008)
Director: Luis Moreno (UPC, CSIC).
Member of the research team and Vinculated Doctor to the High Council for Scientific Research
The project analyses reforms in the Spanish Welfare State since the 1980s, particularly those ones concerning changes in the various welfare policies and structures. At a macro level, the project deals with the evolution of the WS. From a micro perspective, it focuses on the welfare policy trajectories. Political and social transformations are examined as regards the so-called New Social Risks (NSR) relevant to the Spanish case. Those external pressures triggering needs and opportunities for reform of the WS (i.e. Europeanisation) are also taken into account.

Risks and opportunities through life-course in post-industrial societies  (Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Plan Nacional de I+D+I, 2004-2006).
Director: Gosta Esping-Andersen (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). Madrid research team: Julio Carabaña (Universidad Complutense, Madrid).
This project examines the interaction between households, labour markets and the State in the emergence of new social inequalities in advanced societies. It organises in four different sub-projects, aimed to analyze: a) occupational mobility dynamics through life-course; b) gender relations changes and its impact on family formation and fertility dynamics; c) dynamics of household-level employment behaviour and its implications for welfare and inequality; d) national differences in citizens’ propensity or willingness to move geographically and their influence on employment and career mobility.

Reforms in the Welfare State: Actors’ and Citizens’ Support  (Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Plan Nacional de I+D+I, 2002-2005).
Director: Luis Moreno (Unidad de Políticas Comparadas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)
This project is aimed to analyse reforms in the Spanish Welfare State. It will concentrate its analyses on the public perception towards new challenges and social risks derived from external (Europeanization, globalization and internationalisation of the economy) and internal factors (changes in value-systems, demographic transitions, new roles by women, transformations of the labour markets or integration of immigrants). The research seeks to make contributions to the ongoing political debates regarding future trends for welfare development in Spain and on the consolidation of the European model of social protection.

Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change (EU FPV project, HPSE-CT-2001-2004, 00078).
Director: Peter Taylor-Gooby (University of Kent, UK). Spanish research team: Luis Moreno (UPC, CSIC)
This project, coordinated by Peter Taylor-Gooby (University of Kent, UK), and directed in Spain by Luis Moreno (High Council for Social Research, Spain), examines how European social policy responds to the challenges of population ageing, labour market change and ideological shifts against the welfare state.

Teaching positions

Undergraduate courses:

Graduate courses:
“Welfare Politics, Inequality and Poverty” since 2005-06 at the PhD Program of Department of Sociology III, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
"Family strategies and Dynamics of the Life Course", (course 2009-10, to date), Master on Gender Equality, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Selected Publications

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Recent presentations/conferences


Research positions in foreign institutions




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