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I am a postdoctoral researcher at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and at Queen Mary, University of London. I am also a member of the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence and of The City Centre at Queen Mary, University of London.
As of January 2023, I will join the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, with the research project Sanctuary Policies in Support of Irregular Migrants in European Cities (SPIMEC).
My research agenda is inherently interdisciplinary and focuses on urban governance and politics, immigrant integration and welfare, and social movements. I am especially interested in understanding how local officials and grassroots activists interact to shape the multi-level governance of immigration, possibly breeding policy conflicts and subverting unwanted national policies. I explore these issues by looking at the welfare rights of irregular and forced immigrants as well as of marginalised urban residents, with a focus on Europe and Latin America. On this basis, I aim to pose broader questions on the role of cities as key, innovative players in contemporary global governance, whose policy experiments may crucially contribute to a just, democratic, and sustainable future.
My research appears or is forthcoming in political science, sociology, and geography journals, including South European Society and Politics; the International Political Science Review; the Urban Affairs Review; Territory, Politics, Governance; PS: Political Science and Politics; Politiche Sociali / Social Policies; and in various edited volumes. I have written policy reports and opinion pieces for assorted outlets and I have been involved in research-policy partnerships, such as the SIforREF project. The British Academy, the European Union, the Government of Italy, and the Research Council of Norway have all supported my research.
I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and Sociology (2020) from Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, with a thesis on migration governance and social movements in Milan and Barcelona. I have been a research fellow at the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX) of the University of Oslo (2021). I have also held visiting research positions at the Institute for Government and Public Policy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2018) and the Urban School of Sciences Po-Paris (2018-19).