Laura joined the Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) as a project assistant for GlobalStat in December 2011 and since then she has worked also as research associate for the ITHACA project (2014-2015) on transnationalism and integration of third-country nationals in Europe.
Since July 2016, she is Data Focal Point at the International Organization for Migration, responsible for the Research Area and the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) project of the office for Italy, coordinating a survey on migrants’ vulnerabilities in transit along the Central Mediterranean route.
She has participated in the EUI-run study on highly-skilled emigration in times of crisis started with an on-line survey across 5 EU countries, and she collaborates with FIERI (Turin, Italy) on a World Bank’s research on remittance and financial integration of migrants and as part of an IMISCOE Research cluster on the impact of the economic crisis on migrant integration.
She has worked and volunteered for various NGOs and grassroots associations in Italy and Spain on human rights protection of irregular migrants and asylum seekers. She is experienced in quantitative data analysis and public policy evaluation, and has a solid background in migration policies and integration, welfare economics in time of crisis and economic effects of migration control.
Laura holds a MSc’s degree in Development Economics and a BA’s in Cooperation and Development from the University of Florence and a Master in Public Policy and Social Change from the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin (Italy).