Massimiliano Mascherini is senior research manager in the Social Policies unit, where he leads new research on monitoring convergence in the European Union. Since joining Eurofound in 2009, he has designed and coordinated research in the field of youth employment, NEETs and their social inclusion, as well as on topics related to the labour market participation of women. Previously, he was scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. He studied at the University of Florence where he majored in Actuarial and Statistical Sciences and then obtained a PhD in Applied Statistics. He has been visiting fellow at the University of Sydney and at Aalborg University. In recent years, he has produced a range of contributions for international peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and policy reports.