Barbara Brandi

Researcher in residence at the Maison Suger | December 2023 - May 2024
Barbara Brandi

Barbara Brandi is Doctoral student in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences (FFLCH) of the University of São Paulo (USP) under the supervision of Dr. Nadya Araujo Guimarães. Her doctoral research articulates reflections on the emotional labor performed by nursing professionals and social relations of gender/sex, race and class. During her master's degree, she sought to understand the emotional labor performed by nursing professionals in the context of so-called "COVID ICUs". Since 2021, she has been participating in the Workshop on the Economic Sociology of Work (OSET) at the University of São Paulo (USP) and in the international project "Who cares? Rebuilding care in a post-pandemic world".

The project

Title: The meaning of emotional labor : A study of Nurses

The aim of this doctoral thesis project is to present the research work to be developed over the next few years. Our starting point is the hypothesis that emotional work is consubstantial with nursing work, and that the specific way in which it with technical work is essential to characterize work practices in this professional field. Emotional work can be defined as all the activities involved in assessment, understanding and management of emotions in the context of work. Just as it is part of nursing work to replace dressings, hygienize patients and administer medication, it's also part of nursing work to instill trust creating welcoming environments and caring for the patient.

Hosting institution: Sorbonne Université

Selective Bibliography

  • Brandi, Bárbara. A última janela da vida: humanização e trabalho emocional na equipe de enfermagem em tempos de pandemia. In: Castro, Bárbara. COVID-19 e Sociedade: ensaios sobre a experiência social da pandemia. Campinas-SP, p.261-278, 2020.
  • Brandi, Bárbara. Master en Sociologie à l’Université d’Etat à Campinas, UNICAMP. Titre du mémoire de recherche: Les sens du travail humanisé : le care et le travail émotionnel dans les soins infirmiers, sous la direction de Bárbara Geraldo de Castro. 


Jeudis Suger

The meaning of emotional labor: a study of nurses

April 25 | Barbara Brandi & Isabelle Chariglione seminar
Published at 13 November 2023