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Biography

Dr Caterina Francesca Guidi is an economist and migration expert. Her research interests are mainly concentrated on the impact of mobility and migration on European welfare and health systems. She also works on research and data analysis on reception systems and integration of migrants in Europe. 

She is currently working as Postdoc Research Fellow at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences at University of Siena as a member of the Inequality Lab (Laboratorio delle Diseguaglianze). She is also migration expert for the Migration Policies and International Protection Unit of Caritas Italiana. She is Senior Advisor on Migration and Development for the Agency for Peacebuilding.

For seven years she worked  for the Global Governance Programme (GGP) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) as Research Fellow and Project Coordinator.  She has also worked with international organizations such as UNHCR, the European Commission, other research center and NGOs on policy research and analysis in Belgium, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Spain. 

She holds a Phd in Economics by the University of Siena (Italy) and she is an active contributor and a peer reviewer for several journals.  She has been invited as speakers and guest lecturer on challenges of migration in the EU and the organization of reception system at different international conferences and Universities. 

Think globally, act locally
For three years (2016-19) she was the general coordinator of the 
EUI Refugee Initiative, a structured first reception program for six asylum seekers at EUI. She is an activist on human rights, working especially with migrants, asylum seekers and vulnerable people. 

As part of ARCI association for almost fifteen years, she organised several cultural, political and musical festivals and initiatives. She was also co-organising an itinerary photo exhibition on Sahrawi refugees’ camps, Ritratti della memoria.

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French (basic), Serbo-Croatian (basic).