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I’m a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the MEDAM Project at the Migration Policy Centre (RSCAS,EUI) and a former Max Weber Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies (EUI)

My general research interests lie in the interconnected aspects of globalization such as international trade, foreign aid and migration. My current research explores the link between foreign assistance and the migration decision, especially the effect of foreign aid and other forms of development finance on legal and illegal migration flows. I recently co-authored two papers on this topic with Prof. Rainer Thiele titled  The Impact of Foreign Aid on Migration Revisited  and  Foreign Assistance and Migration Choices: Disentangling the Channels” published in World Development  and Economics Letters, respectively. 

I’ve  been awarded a European PhD in Economics, Doctor Europaeus, at the University of Pisa  with a thesis on the link between International Trade and Migration, whose first chapter was written while I was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia. The thesis committee was composed of Prof. Alasdair Smith (University of Sussex), Prof. De Arcangelis (University of Rome) and Prof. Juan Dolado (EUI). One of the chapters of my PhD thesis – which investigates the link between skill of migrants and quality of trade – was published in The World Economy.

In my career thus far I have participated in several research projects on development finance and migration studies for international institutions such as FERDI in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and IEMED in Barcelona (Spain). Some of these collaborations culminated in recent publications in volumes, such as ‘Financing development in risky contexts’ in Financing sustainable development by addressing vulnerabilities (2015) edited by Boussichas, M., and Guillaumont, P. and published by FERDI in collaboration with the EUI and EIDIH.