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Biography

Economist and expert in migration and public health: my research interests are mainly concentrated on the impact of mobility and migration on reception as welfare systems in Europe. I am currently working as Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences (DISPOC) at University of Siena (Italy) on the on the labour exploitation and illegal recruitment of migrants in the Italian agricultural sector. I am also Senior Advisor on Migration and Development for the Agency for Peacebuilding.

For seven years I have worked at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) of the European University Institute (EUI) as Research Fellow and Project Coordinator. I have also collected working experience with international organizations, research centres and NGOs on policy analysis in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Spain. 

I hold a Ph.D. in Economics by the University of Siena and I am an active contributor and a peer reviewer for several journals. I have been invited as speaker 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 (2016-2019) I have coordinated the EUI Refugee Initiative, a structured first reception programm for six asylum seekers at EUI. I am an activisti on human rights, working especially with migrants and vulnerable people.

As part of ARCI association fo almost fifteen years, I have organised several cultural, political and musical festival and initiatives. I had also co-organised an itinerary photo exhibition on Sahrawi refugees’ camps, Ritratti della Memoria.

Languages: Italia, English, Spanish, French (basic) and Serbo-Croation (basic).