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Biography

I am a Doctoral Researcher at the European University Institute, Department of Social and Political Sciences. Between January and March 2019 I will be a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

Research

My research is situated at the intersection between EU Political Theory and the Ethics of Refugee Protection. My PhD project seeks to define normatively acceptable and practically feasible regulatory principles for the EU asylum system. Specifically, I aim to establish a new framework for the duties that EU member states ought to have towards each other in relation to the protection of refugees. 

Other academic activities

At the EUI I am the convenor of the Legal and Political Theory Working Group and a research assistant at the Migration Policy Centre.

I regularly present my work at international academic conferences, including the MANCEPT Workshop (2017), the ECPR General Conference (2018), the Workshop “Understanding Solidarity” in Hamburg (2019), and the Migration and Cosmopolitanism Conference at Sorbonne (2019).

Engagement

I am one of the coordinators of the EUI Refugee Initiative, an enhanced first reception programme for six asylum seekers, managed by EUI volunteers.

As a member of the EUI working group Engaged Academics I co-organise public events to communicate research and data regarding migration in Italy to a non-academic audience. Most recently, I gave  a series of public talks entitled “Parliamo d’Europa: immigrazione” in Florence and in Palermo.

Since 2016 I have been the project manager of At the Frontiers, an international volunteer programme in reception centres for asylum seekers in Ragusa, Turin, and Reggio Calabria.

Background

I hold an MSc in Global Politics (Political Theory) with distinction from Durham University.

Before that, I obtained a Double Master’s in International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli (Rome) and MGIMO (Moscow), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from LUISS Guido Carli. I also spent a term at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) as Erasmus exchange student.

During my studies, I held research positions at the Global Policy JournalCarnegie Europe and the Russian International Affairs Council (Moscow). I also served as Summer Fellow at Ecologic Institute (Berlin) in the framework of the Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders (ACCEL) Programme, organised jointly with Atlantic Council (Washington D.C.).