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List of publications


2015 Achilli, L. Palestinian Refugees and Identity: Nationalism, Politics and the Everyday, I.B.Tauris, London

2008 Achilli, L. & De Lauri, A. (eds.) Pratiche e politiche dell’etnografia, Meltemi, Milan

Journal Special Issues

2017 Achilli, L. & Sanchez, G. (eds.) Irregular Migration Facilitation: Unpacking Global Human Smuggling Dynamics, JEMS (forthcoming)

2017 Achilli, L. Sanchez, G. & Zhang, S. (eds.) Human Smugglers as an Insurance Policy: Views from the Margins, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (forthcoming).

2008 Achilli, L. & Oesch, L. (eds.) Living, Planning and Managing a Lasting Temporariness: Palestinian Refugee Camps in the Middle East, Special Issue, A-Contrario (forthcoming)

Articles in Journals and Volumes

2017 Achilli, L & Abu Samra, M. “Beyond Smuggling: Palestinian Transnational Networks Across Militarised Borders”, JEMS (forthcoming)

2017 Achilli, L. “The “good smuggler”: the ethics and morals of human smuggling among Syrians”, the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (forthcoming)

2017 Achilli, L. “Palestinian refugees in Jordan twenty years after the Oslo agreement”, in Turner, M. (ed.) “From the River to the Sea: Disintegration, Reintegration and Domination in Israel and Palestine”, Routledge, New York (forthcoming).

2017 Achilli, L. “Smuggling and trafficking in human beings at the time of the Syrian conflict”, in Gebrewold, B. et al. (eds) Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Lessons from Europe, Routledge: New York (forthcoming)

2017 Achilli, L. “In search of dignity: political economy and nationalism amongst Palestinian camp dwellers in Amman”, Journal of Ethnographic Theory (HAU), special issue, 2017 (forthcoming)

2017 Achilli, L. “Neighbouring Host-Countries’ Policies for Syrian Refugees: The Cases of Jordan”, IEMED

2017 Achilli, L. & Oesch, L. “Des espaces d’ambiguïté : les camps de réfugiés palestiniens en Jordanie” A-Contrario (forthcoming)

2016 Achilli, L. “Irregular migration to EU and human smuggling in the Mediterranean: the nexus between organised crime and irregular migration”, Mobility and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, IEMED

2016 Achilli, L. “Back to Syria? Conflicting patterns of mobility among Syrian refugees in Jordan”, Orient I

2015 Achilli, L. “Becoming a Man in al-Wihdat: Masculine Performances in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Jordan”, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 47, 2, 263-280

2015 Achilli, L. & Abu Samra, M. “La Primavera Araba in Giordania: una lieve brezza o il preludio alla tempesta perfetta”, in M. Omizzolo, P. Sodano (eds), Migranti e Territori, Ediesse, 371-398

2014 Achilli, L. “Disengagement from politics: Nationalism, political identity, and the everyday in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan”, Critique of Anthropology, 34, 2, 234–257

2010 Achilli, L. “Etiqueter dans un espace incertain: le cas des camps de réfugiés palestiniens en Jordanie”, Migrations Société, 22, 128, 118-128

2008 Achilli, L. & De Lauri, A. “Campi di battaglia e campo dell’etnografo. Etnografia, conflitti, violenza”, in De Lauri & A. Achilli, L. (eds), Pratiche e politiche dell’etnografia, Meltemi, 113-126

2006 Achilli, L.  “Lo spazio umanitario. Il caso di campi di rifugiati palestinesi in Giordania”, Achab, 8, 24-31


2016 Achilli, L. Migrants’ Profiles, Drivers of Migration and Migratory Trends, IOM & DFiD

2016 Achilli, L. “In rotta verso l’Europa: note di campo sugli spostamenti dei richiedenti asilo siriani verso l’Unione Europea”, NEODEMOS

2016 Achilli, L. “Tariq al-Euroba: Displacement Trends of Syrian Asylum Seekers to the EU”, MPC Research Report 2016/01

2015 Achilli, L. “The smuggler: hero or felon?”, Migration Policy Centre (EUI), policy brief

2015 Achilli, L. “Syrian Refugees in Jordan: a Reality Check”, Migration Policy Centre (EUI), policy brief

2014 Achilli, L. “The Social Life of Nutrition among Syrian Refugees in Jordan”, ENN, special issue

2011 Achilli, L. “Between Football and Islam”, CBRL Bulletin, 5, 94-95 (2011)

2009 Achilli, L. “Mobile children: from ‘victims’ to ‘actors’”, JEUDA, 119, 1-4


Since 2013, I have written regularly for the press, blogs, and online magazines. My work has featured in The Conversation, Jadaliyya, Doppiozero, Border Criminologies, openDemocracy, and AllegraLab.