Alessandra Venturini is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Turin (tenured position) and Associate at the Migration Policy Center (MPC), EUI, Florence, previously founder and deputy director of the MPC-EUI. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence and has held senior academic positions at various Universities. She has been visiting professor at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex University), at Brown and Stanford Universities, at the International Institute of Labor Studies (ILO, in Geneva) and COMPAS (Oxford). She conducted joint research projects with many international organisations among them the OECD, the World Bank and the European Commission. She is a fellow of IZA and IMISCOE. Her research interests cover many aspects of migration studies: the migration choice, the effect of migration in the host labour market and in the EU innovation process, the demand of caregivers in an aging society, the assimilation of migrants. She has also written extensively on highly-skilled migration, the effect of remittances in the sending countries, circular and irregular migration. Curriculum Vitae
Andrea Ricci is a graduate student in International Sciences at the University of Turin. He is interested in the governance of migration and multi-level governance. His research focuses on the impact of migration governance on immigrants integration and the facilitation that could occur if integration practices implemented innovative ways of development. He is the tutor for the Economics of Migration in Europe (ECOMEUR) course of the "European Migration Studies" Jean Monnet Chair. Currently, he is working on the 'Coro BAC project': he will draft a literature review aimed at grounding the project on solid scientific findings. The "BAC Choir" will explore women's creativity through singing and theatre, providing an opportunity to meet with women of different cultures and languages, promoting their wellbeing and vocal talents. This paper draws particular attention to the capacity of group singing and choirs to develop soft skills that foreigners can spend in the destination country's labour market. Curriculum Vitae
Giorgia Nicco is a graduate student in International Sciences at the University of Turin. She holds a Master's degree in "Politique Internationale et Analyse des Transitions" from the Université Lumière Lyon 2. She is interested in political sociology, cultural processes and the phenomenon of migration. In particular, with her dissertation she analysed the political, civil and social participation of young people of foreign origin in Italy with a focus on migrant associations. She is the tutor for the Economics of Migration in Europe (ECOMEUR) course of the "European Migration Studies" Jean Monnet Chair. For information about JMC courses, seminars and activities please contact me Giorgia Nicco at email@example.com
Giuseppina Cortese. Professor Emerita, English Language and Translation, University of Turin, formerly Full Professor at the University of Trieste School for Interpreters and Translators. A graduate of the University of Turin (Modern Languages) and the University of Iowa (English), she was Research Fellow with the Newberry Library (Chicago) and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). She serves on various editorial/scientific committees and was President of the Italian Association of English Studies from 2007 to 2011. She has contributed to national (RILA, SILTA) and international journals (TESOL Quarterly, System, ESP Journal, Français dans le monde, Intl. J.l of Children’s Rights), edited volumes and published essays/chapters on: the theory and description of domain-specific English in a sociolinguistic, textual and methodological perspective; translation; gender; language learning and plurilingualism. Her main research focus since 2000 has been children’s rights, and professional discourse in institutional contexts e.g. health care. She has honoured the late Dell Hymes with an hon. causa degree from the University of Turin and chaired international academic events, notably the 2010 International Conference of the European Society for the Study of English. Curriculum Vitae
Coordinator of the Legal Consultancy Unit
Manuela Consito holds a PhD in Public Law, is currently Associate Professor in Administrative law at the School of Law of the University of Turin and qualified as Full Professor (National Scientific Qualification, March 24th 2018). Her long record of teaching includes courses in Public Law, Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Public Procurement Law, Welfare and Social Service Administrative Law, Administrative Environmental Law. She coordinates the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic of the School of Law, University of Turin. She has been Visiting Professor at CTLS - Centre for Transnational Legal Studies – founded by Georgetown University (US), The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London (UK), ESADE Law School (Spain), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), National University of Singapore (Singapore), University of Fribourg (Switzerland), University of Melbourne (Australia), University of Torino (Italy), University of Toronto (Canada); Invited Visiting Professor at the Universitad Complutense de Madrid within the LLP – Erasmus Teaching Exchange Program; Visiting Scholar at the Boston University School of Law. Her research in the migration law area covers many aspects: the mutual recognition of professional and academic qualifications of migrants and highly skilled migrants; the reception, protection and repatriation of asylum seekers; the effects of climate change on migration; the integration and inclusion of migrants; citizenships. Curriculum Vitae
Members of the Teaching Staff
Sona Kalataryan holds a Ph.D degree in Economics from the University of Turin, where she previously obtained her M.Sc degree in Economics as well. She worked at the International Training Center of the ILO, the European Commission, University of Turin, Collegio Carlo Alberto and Ministry of Economy and Development of the Republic of Armenia. Previously Associate at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, now JRC KCMD of the European Commission. Her current work addresses the economic aspects of EU migration, labor market integration of refugees and asylum-seekers, labor migration managements in the EU neighbourhood, the impact of foreign labor force on the innovative capacity of the receiving countries, integration of third country nationals in the EU member states. Her research interests include econometrics, labor economics, demography and international migration, the housing market and geographically cover the EU Member States, Balkan countries, Eastern European EU neighbourhood. Curriculum Vitae
Ummuhan Bardak is Senior Specialist in Labour Market and Migration in the European Training Foundation (ETF), a specialised EU agency based in Turin (Italy). She studied political science and international relations, completed her master’s degree at the London School of Economics, and worked at the Turkish Ministry of Labour before working in ETF in 2004. She has worked on different projects on labour market, migration, employment and human resources development (HRD) in the European Neighbourhood Region. Her activities involved research and analysis, policy dialogue, project management and capacity building: labour market reviews in the South Mediterranean and Eastern Partnership region, youth not in education-training-employment (NEET), VET, skills dimension of migration (e.g. potential and returning migrant surveys, skills recognition issues, migrant support measures from employment and skills perspective). Curriculum Vitae
Roberta Aluffi is Associate Professor in Comparative law at the Law Department of the University of Turin, where she also teaches Islamic law and African law. She has been teaching as a visiting professor in different Italian universities and abroad. Her main interests lie in Family law in Arab countries and Islamic law in Europe and also include legal translation by and towards the Arab language, notably the specific terminology involved. She has coordinated several research projects funded by Italian Ministries and by private entrepreneurs, and she has contributed to the development of European projects. She has been on the editorial board of the journals Daimon, Annuario di Diritto Comparato delle Religioni; Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza (http://www.dirittoimmigrazionecittadinanza.it/), and on the scientific committee of Immigrazione, Rivista professionale di scienze giuridiche e sociali (www.immigrazione.it), a specialized journal focussed on legal perspectives concerning foreigners, immigrants, citizenship and asylum issues. She is a board member of FIERI, of the scientific committee of REDESM (Centro di ricerca “Religioni, Diritto e Economie nello Spazio Mediterraneo”) and of EZIRE (Erlangen Centre for Islam & Law in Europe). Curriculm vitae
Enrico Bertacchini is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics “Cognetti De Martiis” University of Torino; Research Fellow, NEXA Center for Internet and Society, Politecnico di Torino and at the Centro Studi Silvia Santagata-Ebla. He is a Faculty member for the doctoral programme in Comparative Analysis of Institutions, Economics, and Law, University of Torino, and member of the Scientific Committee of the Master in “Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo” University of Barcelona, University of Torino and ITC-ILO”.
His research interests lie in Cultural Economics, Public Economics, Law & Economics, New Institutional Economics, Agent-Based Economics. Curriculum vitae
Cecilia Pennaccini holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Turin and is Full Professor at the Culture, Politics, and Cultures Department, University of Turin, where she teaches Ethnology and Visual Anthropology. Since 1988, she has been carrying out field research in the African Great Lakes region (notably in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda) on themes referring to esthetics, visual anthropology, symbolic and religious anthropology, focusing particularly on spiritual possession. Since 2004, she has been coordinating and leading the Italian Anthropological Mission in Equatorial Africa. Curriculum Vitae (Italian language)
DAU (Project Design and Impact Evaluation Unit) Coordinator
Roberto Leombruni is Professor of Economic Statistics at the University of Torino (Italy), where he helds courses on Econometrics, Simulation models and Public Policy Evaluation; and Senior Researcher at the LABORatorio Revelli – Centre for Employment Studies. His main research interests are focussed on the the multidirectional relations between health, work careers and retirement; on the use of Agent-Based models and Microsimulation Models to evaluate the equity aspectsof welfare system and to study the long term consequences of public interventions. He is the coordinator of the WHIP project for the Department of Economics and Statistics, which builds on behalf of the Ministry of Health (MoH) a large longitudinal database of work histories based on Inps, Inail and MoH data. He is the director of the International Master on Big Data Analytics for Policy Evaluation. Curriculum Vitae
COCUMINT Seminar Speakers
Steven Vertovec is the Founding Director at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Honorary Professor of Sociology and Ethnology at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Previously, he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the British Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS). Steve’s work involves the critical examination of several concepts surrounding international migration, transnational social formations, ethnic diasporas, and contexts of urban diversity. His education includes a B.A. (Magna cum laude) in Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a DPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. In 2018, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Social Sciences) by the Université de Liège. Steve is currently Co-Editor of the journal Global Networks and Co-Editor of the Palgrave book series “Global Diversities”. He is also the author of five books, including “Transnationalism” (Routledge, 2009) and “Diversity and Contact” (Palgrave 2016), and is Editor or Co-Editor of 35 volumes, including “Islam in Europe” (Macmillan, 1997), “Conceiving Cosmopolitanism” (Oxford University Press, 2003), “The Multicultural Backlash” (Routledge 2010), “The International Handbook of Diversity Studies” (Routledge, 2015), and “The Oxford Handbook of Super-diversity” (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). For over 25 years, Steve has engaged with a range policy-makers, including the Expert Council of German Foundations on Migration and Integration, the UK government’s Cabinet Office and Home Office, the European Commission, the G8, the World Bank, and UNESCO.
Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. He began to exhibit his work in 1955 and in 1960 he had his first solo show at Galleria Galatea in Turin. An inquiry into self- portraiture characterizes his early work. In the two-year period 1961-1962 made the first Mirror Paintings, which directly include the viewer and real time in the work, and open up perspective, reversing the Renaissance perspective that had been closed by the twentieth- century avant-gardes. These works quickly brought Pistoletto international acclaim, leading, in the sixties, to one-man shows in important galleries and museums in Europe and the United States. The Mirror Paintings are the foundation of his subsequent artistic output and theoretical thought. In 1965 and 1966 he produced a set of works entitled Minus Objects, considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera, an art movement of which Pistoletto was an animating force and a protagonist. In 1967 he began to work outside traditional exhibition spaces, with the first instances of that “creative collaboration” he developed over the following decades by bringing together artists from different disciplines and diverse sectors of society. In 1975-76 he presented a cycle of twelve consecutive exhibitions, Le Stanze, at the Stein Gallery in Turin. This was the first of a series of complex, year-long works called “time continents”. Others are White Year (1989) and Happy Turtle (1992). In 1978, in a show in Turin, Pistoletto defined two main directions his future artwork would take: Division and Multiplication of the Mirror and Art Takes On Religion. In the early eighties he made a series of sculptures in rigid polyurethane, translated into marble for his solo show in 1984 at Forte di Belvedere in Florence. From 1985 to 1989 he created the series of “dark” volumes called Art of Squalor. During the nineties, with Project Art and with the creation in Biella of Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and the University of Ideas, he brought art into active relation with diverse spheres of society with the aim of inspiring and producing responsible social change. In 2003 he won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifelong Achievement. In 2004 the University of Turin awarded him a laurea honoris causa in Political Science. On that occasion the artist announced what has become the most recent phase of his work, Third Paradise. In 2007, in Jerusalem, he received the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, “for his constantly inventive career as an artist, educator and activist whose restless intelligence has created prescient forms of art that contribute to fresh understanding of the world. In 2010 he wrote the essay The Third Paradise, published in Italian, English, French and German. In 2012 he started promoting the Rebirth-day, first worldwide day of rebirth, celebrated every year on 21st December with initiatives taking place all around the world. In 2013 the Louvre in Paris hosted his personal exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto, année un – le paradis sur terre. In this same year he received the Praemium Imperiale for painting, in Tokyo. In May 2015 he received a degree honoris causa from the Universidad de las Artes of Havana in Cuba. In the same year he realizes a work of big dimensions, called Rebirth, situated in the park of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, headquarters of the UN.
Victoria Ateca - Amestoy is Associate Professor in Economics at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Bilbao, Spain. She has designed and managed cultural projects, and conducts research on cultural participation, digitization and societal impact of culture. She has published research papers in Economics Bulletin, The Journal of Socio Economics, Journal of Cultural Economics, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Happiness Studies and European Journal of Operational Research, and has contributed to handbooks on social indicators, on the economics of leisure and on the economics of cultural heritage. She has also coordinated international and national research projects on the determinants of cultural participation, on cultural statistics, and on the economic and social impact of cultural projects. She has contributed to the HERITAGE-PRO design of interdisciplinary training modules for heritage professionals (https://heritage- pro.eu/training-module/), to Managing Arts Projects with Societal Impact (www.mapsi.eu), and has edited a handbook on Cultural participation.
Tally Katz - Gerro joined the University of Manchester as Research Fellow in the Sustainable Consumption Institute and Reader in Sociology in September 2016. My research addresses scholarship conducted at the crossroads of consumption, culture, environment, and inequality, with a strong emphasis on cross-national and cross-time comparisons. Recently I served for two terms as member of the executive committee and treasurer of the European Sociological Association; I was vice-president of the Israel Sociological Society; I co-founded a section on environment and society within the Israeli Sociological Society and I was co-coordinator of the Israel branch of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI). In the past few years I was invited as visiting professor in several universities, including the Department of Economic Sociology in Turku, where I was also appointed adjunct professor; Kyung-Hee University in Seoul; Science Po in Paris; ENSAE in Paris; University of Innsbruck and others. I was recently appointed as co-editor-in-chief of Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media, and the Arts.
Marco Martiniello (born October 15, 1960) is an Italian-Belgian sociologist and political scientist. He teaches sociology of migration and ethnic relations at the University of Liège. He is currently research director at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS), and the director of the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), as well as Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Liège. Martiniello holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Liège and a Ph.D. in social and political sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He specializes in migration studies, ethnicity, multiculturalism, racism and citizenship in the European Union and in Belgium, and he is the author, editor or co-editor of numerous articles, book chapters, reports and books on these themes. His current research focuses on the integration, political participation and mobilization of immigrant minorities through the arts in super-diverse cities across the world (Belgium, Italy, South Africa, Australia and USA). Along his career, Martiniello has held numerous visiting appointments at New York University, Columbia University, Malmö University, City University of New York, University of Geneva,University of Kwazulu-Natal, University of Queensland, etc. Besides academic achievements, Martiniello was also awarded with important civic distinctions including the honorary citizenship of the city of Liège in 2015, and the knighthood of the Order of the Star of Italy in 2017.
Yudhishthir Raj Isar’s professional life has straddled various domains of cultural theory and practice, notably cultural policy. He is currently Education Director at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. An international civil servant at UNESCO from 1973 to 2002, Isar was notably Director of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture, Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development and Director of Cultural Policies for Development. As regards his academic life since 2002, Isar is Emeritus Professor at The American University of Paris, where he was Professor of Cultural Policy Studies from 2002 to 2018. In 2018-19, he was a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy and Visiting Professor with the Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University, India.‘Eminent Research Visitor’ at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University (2011-2013) and Visiting Adjunct Professor (2014-2016). Earlier, he was Maître de conférence at the Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris (2005-2010). Isar was also the founding co-editor of the 5-volume Cultures and Globalization Series, published by SAGE (2007 to 2012). He was the lead writer for the United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013. Widening Local Development Pathways and edited UNESCO’s reports (2015 and 2018) on the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions entitled Re|Shaping Cultural Policies. In 2013- 14 he was team leader of the European Union’s inquiry on ‘Culture in EU External Relations’, and the principal author of its 2014 report Engaging the World: Towards Global Cultural Citizenship.In 2004-2008, he served as president of the European arts and culture platform Culture Action Europe and has been a board member of several cultural organizations. Born in India, educated in India and France in the fields of economics, sociology and cultural anthropology, Isar is a French citizen and lives in Lisbon, Portugal.
Wiebke Sievers is migration researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna as well as guest-researcher and lecturer at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Her research concentrates on migration and culture in Austria and in international comparison, with her main interest being in literature. However, she also works on theatre, cultural policies and the financing of culture. Her other research foci include literary translation and the internationalisation of literature. She is a member of the Executive Board of the largest research network in the field of migration studies IMISCOE and directs together with Marco Martiniello the IMISCOE Standing Committee DIVCULT (Superdiversity, Migration and Cultural Change). Recent publications
Scale Shifting: New Insights into Global Literary Circulation, Special issue of the Journal of World Literature (2020, with Peggy Levitt)
"From Monolingualism to Multilingualism? The Pre- and Post-monolingual Condition in the Austrian Literary Field", in Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation-State, ed. by Áine McMurtry and Deborah Holmes (Austrian Studies, 26), 2019, 40-56.
Immigrant and ethnic minority writers since 1945: fourteen national contexts in Europe and beyond (2018, with Sandra Vlasta).
Diversity incorporation in the cultural policy mainstream: Exploring the main frameworks and approaches bridging cultural and migration studies, Special issue of the journal Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 8, 1, 2017 (with Marco Martiniello and Ricard Zapata-Barrero)
“Mainstage theatre and immigration: The long history of exclusion and recent attempts at diversification in Berlin and Vienna”, Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 8, 1, 2017, 67-83.
Alessandra Venturini is Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Torino, where she holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Migration Studies (www.europeanmigrationstudiescjm.unito.it) and directs the Interdisciplinary Diploma in Migration Studies (www.diplomamigrationstudies.unito.it). From 2004- 2011 she was Deputy Director of the CARIM project at the European University Institute (EUI) and from 2012-2017 founder and Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the EUI in Florence. She studied Economics at the University of Florence and got her Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute in 1982. She was visiting professor at Brown University, the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex University), and the International Institute of Labour Studies at the ILO in Geneva. She has collaborated with the OECD migration section, the European Commission Migration Program, CEPR Migration Research program, IOM, MPI and the World Bank. She is a fellow at the IZA, CHILD, FIERI, and a member of DIVCULT-IMISCOE executive board. Her research interests are in Labour Economics, notably the migration choice and its impact on the innovation process of the destination country, the integration of foreigners in the labour market and the supporting role of cultural consumption, the effect of remittances and high-skilled migration in the sending countries. European Commission expert on migration, she is co-chair of the G-20 Migration task force. https://sites.google.com/site/venturinimigration/
Andrea Ricci is a graduate student in International Sciences at the University of Turin. He is interested in the governance of migration and multi-level governance. His research focuses on the impact of migration governance on immigrants integration and the facilitation that could occur if the implementation of integration practices follow innovative ways of development. He is the tutor for the Economics of Migration in Europe (ECOMEUR) course of the "European Migration Studies" Jean Monnet Chair. Currently, he is working on the 'Coro BAC project': he will draft a literature review aimed at grounding the project basis on solid scientific findings. The "BAC Choir" will explore women's creativity through singing and theatre, providing an opportunity to meet with women of different cultures and languages, promoting their wellbeing and vocal talents. This paper draws particular attention to group singing and chorus's capacity to develop soft skills that foreigners can spend in the destination country's labour market.
Marinella Senatore is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is characterised by a strong participatory dimension and a constant dialogue between history, popular culture and social structures. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Italy and abroad, including: Manifesta 12; Centre Pompidou; MAXXI Museum; Queens Museum; Kunsthaus Zurich; Castello di Rivoli; Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen; Palais de Tokyo; Schirn Kunsthalle; Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago; High Line, NY; Madre Museum; Faena Art Forum; Bozar; Kunstverein Ar/Ge Kunst; Petach Tikva Museum; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation; Serpentine Gallery; CCA Tel Aviv; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; ICA, Richmond; BAK Utrecht; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Palazzo Grassi; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; Moderna Museet; UABB Bi Shenzhen; Biennale de Lyon; Thessaloniki Biennale; Liverpool Biennale; Shiryaevo Biennale; Athens Biennale; Havana Biennale; Göteborg Biennial; Contour – Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen; Bienal de Cuenca; 54th Venice Biennale «ILLUMinations». Marinella Senatore is the winner of the 4th edition of Italian Council; Art Grant, Dresden; MAXXI Prize; Castello di Rivoli, Fellowship; The American Academy in Rome Fellowship; The New York Prize; Dena Foundation Fellowship.
Giuliana Setari Carusi is an Italian contemporary art collector and a major figure in the international art world. After many years in Brussels, New York and Milan, she currently lives between Paris and Brussels. Together with her husband Tommaso Setari she started in the early 80s collecting contemporary art: their collection is now well known internationally. She is the founding President of the non-profit charity organization Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art. She is also president of Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto. Cittadellarte's activities have the objective of bringing artistic intervention into every sector of civil society in order to contribute to addressing the profound epochal mutations underway.
Berndt Clavier is a senior lecturer at The School of Art and Communication at Malmö University, Sweden. Recently, he has finished a research project financed by the Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Sweden on the governmentalization of art in the twentieth century. For this project, he has published on how the aesthetic was made expedient in the latter half of the last century. This work includes essays on the dispositif of art’s management, the historical ontology of cultural policy, the cascading metrologies of cultural policy, and the peculiar forms of racialization that attend this new statified aesthetic. This last direction, on the relationship between art, aesthetics, and questions concerning population, is also his current primary focus. Outside of his work on cultural policy, he publishes on literature, most recently on the work of August Strindberg and John Barth.
Hillel Rapoport is Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. A member of Bar- Ilan University’s Economic Department until 2013, he also held visiting positions at Stanford University (in 2001-03) and Harvard University (in 2009-11). Since 2008 he is the scientific coordinator of the "migration and development" conferences jointly organized by the French Development Agency and the World Bank. He received the Milken Institute Award in 2003 and the Developing Countries Prize in 2008. His research focuses on the growth and developmental impact of migration. As part of this research program he has done theoretical and empirical work on the brain drain, remittances, the effect of migration on inequality and educational attainments, and the links between migration and other dimensions of globalization such as trade, capital flows, and culture. His other research interests include economic history, political economy, refugee resettlement/relocation, and the economics of immigration and diversity. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2013
Peggy Levitt is Chair and Professor of Sociology and the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies at Wellesley College and an Associate at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She is also the co-founder of the Global (De)Centre. Her latest book, Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display was published by the University of California Press in July of 2015, about which Publishers Weekly had this to say: In this diligent international study, Levitt uses a series of case studies to evaluate how museums are adapting to the new global environment, which is marked by rapid immigration and social change. Levitt sets up some revealing comparisons among institutions. ...an illuminating study that will be of interest to academics and museum professionals working in the field today. She is currently writing two books: Move Over, Mona Lisa. Move Over, Jane Eyre. She looks at cultural inequality and what we can do about by studying how artists and writers from what have been culturally peripheral countries get recognized on the global cultural stage. Her second book project, co-authored with Erica Dobbs, Ruxandra Paul, and Ken Sun examines transnational social protection or how migrants and their families provide for themselves outside the framework of the nation-state and transform social welfare as we know it.Other projects include a forthcoming co-edited special volume, with Wiebke Sievers, of The Journal of World Literature, on the circulation of writers from the Global South and a co-edited special volume of The Journal of the International Cultural Policy on cultural policies and cultural politics in Global South cities with Anna Triandafyllidou, Jeremie Molho, and Nicholas Dines.
Amin Moghadam’s research explores ways in which the dynamics of space production in global cities intersect with the politics of housing and home making by emphasizing the role they play in migration trajectories and transnational practices, as well as in processes of class formation and integration in the host society. Amin holds a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies from the University of Lyon II, France. His research and publications have focused on migration policy and practices, diaspora studies, circulation and regional integration in the Middle East, with focus on the Persian Gulf region (Iran and UAE). Amin acted as an associate research scholar at the Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University between 2016-2020. Prior to this position, he lectured on Urban and Migration Studies at Sciences Po Paris, Aix-Marseille University and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Inalco). In addition to research and teaching, he took on the role of academic advisor for the Master of Public Affairs program at Sciences Po in Paris and consulted for several organizations such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi and UNHCR.
Gustavo De Santis is Professor of Demography at the University of Florence. He is a member of the most important scientific associations, he is currently the Italian Representative at the UN Commission on Population and Development (New York), he is the President of the Scientific Council of the INED (Paris), and co-Director of the Florence School on Euro-Mediterranean Migration and Development, organized by the University of Florence and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Florence). He is the President of the cultural association “Neodemos” , and chief editor of the website N-IUSSP. Referee for several leading journals (Ageing and Society, Cahiers québécois de démographie, Demographic Research, European Journal of Population, Genus, Population, Population and Development Review, Population et société, Social Indicators Research, ...) he is especially interested in the study of pension systems.
Raffaele Caterina is Professor of Private Law at the University of Turin since 2005, after having been a researcher at the same University.He was Director of the Department of Legal Sciences from 2007 to 2012; member of the Academic Senate from 2010 to 2015; Chairman of the Scientific Research Committee of the Academic Senate from 2012 to 2015. From 2015 to 2018, he was a component of the Nucleo di Valutazione of the University of Turin. In 2018 he was elected Director of the Department of Law for the three-year period 2018-2021.His main research interests concern the contribution of cognitive science to legal studies. He edited the first Italian book on the topic (I fondamenti cognitivi del diritto, Bruno Mondadori, 2008). In recent times, his studies have focused mainly on the relevance of tacit knowledge in the field of law. In 2015, he edited a special issue of Intelligent Systems on La dimensione socialedella conoscenza tacita. As a civilist, his interests have focused mainly on property and possession law; personal law; and consumer law. Since 2010, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Giurisprudenza Italiana. Among his monographs, we mention in particular: Il possesso, Giuffré, 2014 (with R. Sacco); Le persone fisiche, Giappichelli, 2012; Storie di locazioni e di fantasmi, Rubbettino, 2011; Usufrutto, uso, abitazione, superficie, UTET, 2009.
Sergio Foa' is Full Professor of Administrative Law (IUS/10) at the University of Turin, Department of Law. He is the delegate of the Rector of the University of Turin to the Coordination of the University legal issues. He is Director of the Master of II level "Public Administration Law", at the University of Turin. He is also Director of the Master Course in Data Protection Law for the training of the data protection officer at the University of Turin. He is Representative of the Legal Area in the Academic Senate of the University of Turin and component of the Council of the Department of Law.
Gianmaria Ajani since 1996 is Full Professor of Comparative Private Law at the University of Turin, of which he is Rector since October 2013. He has been Director of the Department of Legal Sciences from 1998 to 2004, Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2009 to 2013, member of the Academic Senate, and Director of the Department of Law from 2012 to 2013. Honorary Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, People's Republic of China. Expert for UNDP in a series of projects to train the administration of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in preparation for WTO accession, 2000. Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Law and State of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1982 and at Leiden University in 1983, 1985, 1987. Visiting Professor at the Universdity of California, School Law, Berkeley in 1988, 1995 and 1997 (Fall Terms). Scientific collaborator on legal reform in post-socialist countries for various international organizations (International Monetary Fund, Council of Europe, OSCE, European Commission - TACIS projects) with particular reference to the Russian Federation, the Czech Republic and Albania (in both cases with regard to the recodification of civil law), and more recently to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Lao People's Republic. Expert for MAE on the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the OSCE in relation to an international dispute on the status of autonomy of the Republic of Crimea, 1994.
Andrea Montanari as from February 2020, he has held the chair of Associate Professor of Private Law at the Universitas Mercatorum of Rome and, since 2013, he has been “Cultore della materia” in Legal Informatics at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He is also a lawyer registered with the Rome Bar since 2009. For several years he collaborated with the chair of Private Law at the Università Roma Tre where he graduated with honours. After obtaining a PhD in Private Law at the Università di Palermo, he was Researcher of Private Law in the Department of Economics, Business and Statistics at the same University, where he held courses in Private Law and Private Law of Economy. He has carried out research activity also abroad, for example, he was Visiting PhD Student at the University of Warwick (UK), he took part in the research project “Preserving historic buildings” funded by the London School of Economics & Political Science and was selected as a “Bluebook Trainee” by the European Commission in Brussels (DG for Informatics). He published two books and numerous scientific articles in national and international journals. Together with other colleagues he founded the scientific journal “Art and Law” published by Giuffré- Lefebvre.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (born December 2, 1957, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, US) is an Italian- American writer, art historian and exhibition maker. She is the recipient of the 2019 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence.Currently, she is the Director ofCastello di RivoliMuseo d'Arte Contemporanea and Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti in Turin. She was Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013-2019). Named 2012’s most powerful person in the art world by ArtReview’s Power 100 listings, Christov- Bakargiev was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) which opened in Kassel on June 9, 2012, holding workshops, seminars and exhibitions in Alexandria, Egypt; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Banff, Canada. Her stewardship of dOCUMENTA(13), considered to be one of the most intellectual and significant exhibitions in the art world, renewed one of the exhibition’s primal intentions to enlist culture as an agent of reconstruction, healing and dialogue.
Giuliana Setari Carusi is an Italian contemporary art collector and a major figure in the international art world. After many years in Brussels, New York and Milan, she currently lives between Paris and Brussels. Together with her husband Tommaso Setari she started in the early 80s collecting contemporary art: their collection is now well known internationally. She is the founding President of the non-profit charity organization Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art which organized also residential program for artists and curators at the Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets in Paris, and at the Omi International Arts Center in New York. She is also president of Città dell’Arte Fondazione Pistoletto. Città dell’arte's activities have the objective of bringing artistic intervention into every sector of civil society in order to contribute to addressing the profound epochal mutations underway. She has been membre of the jury of international prix: Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, La Seine à l’ENSBA, Prix Marcel Duchamps, Le Pavillon du Palais de Tokyo, (Paris), Thalie Art Foundation, Hisk, Higher Institute for Fine Art, Belgian Art Prize (Bruxelles). She is Patron of the Bozart and friend of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contempory Art which she supports for specific projects which favour inclusive cultural exchanges.
Founder, owner, director of Summerhall, Edinburgh - Europe's biggest private multi-arts complex with 650 spaces. Over 1,300 shows and events per year, 4,000 performances, and 750,000 visitors/attendees. Major venue for art and theatre during Edinburgh festival. Summerhall presents festival arts all year round. 400 people work at Summerhall including in technology incubator TechCube with many successful firms like 1 partcarbon, CamelAudio, Hacklab, also home for Scotland's UN office. Studios, labs, offices for artists and arts organisations, including Demarco European Art Foundation, Children's Parliament, Puppet Animation, Artiscience. Also, on site a cafe, gastro-pub "Royal Dick", Barneys brewery, Pickering's distillery and Coco chocolatier. See summerhall.co.uk, techcu.be, and summerhall.tv. Artist economist/ business consultant. Member AUGUR, with largest model of world economy, modelling policy forecasts for all part of the world for next 30 years. See augur project.eu Expert in banking & macroeconomics. Risk Management & financial economics Guru: adviser to large banks, regulators, others re. macro-economic & macro-prudential models, strategies and systems.
In October 2012, she was appointed as Chairwoman of the “MAXXI Foundation - the Italian National Centre for contemporary art, architecture and design” (www.fondazionemaxxi.it). Took over the leadership of the museum also with executive functions. Since 2012, she is founder and Chairwoman of “Human Foundation - working for venture philanthropy and social finance” (www.humanfoundation.org), which promotes a new model of social economy in support of social business and social finance in Italy. Muhammad Yunus, Jacques Attali, John Podesta, Gunter Pauli, Bunker Roy, Stefano Zamagni, Massimo Recalcati, Enrico Giovannini, Aldo Bonomi, Francesco Starace, are some of the members of the Advisory Board of the Foundation. From 1988 to 1994 she was Head of the International Office of Legambiente, coordinator of the Scientific Committee and a member of the National Secretariat. From 1988 to 1993 she oversaw the Annual Report on the state of the environment “Ambiente italia”. In 1990 she was a member of the Italian delegation to the Bergen Conference on sustainable development, organized by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Mrs. Brundtland. She was a member of the Italian delegation to the UN Rio de Janeiro summit in 1992 on Environment and Development. On that occasion she supervised the preparatory works of the Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biodiversity. From 1983 to 1987, she worked for the Montedison Research Center, coordinating a research group on industrial policy and technological innovation.
Eleftherios Giovanis studied economics at the University of Thessaly. He completed the M.Sc. in Applied Economics and Finance at the University of Macedonia and the M.Sc. in Quality Assurance at the Hellenic Open University in 2009. He completed his PhD in economics at the Royal Holloway University of London. He was awarded the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Individual Fellowship at the University of Verona in 2015 and worked as an assistant professor in economics at Adnan Menderes University in 2017. He worked as a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Manchester Metropolitan University from January 2018 to January 2021. He was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Adnan Menderes University between October 2019 and October 2021. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Economics at Izmir Bakircay University.
Sharon Hecker (BA Yale University, MA and PhD University of California at Berkeley) is an art historian and curator who specializes in modern and contemporary Italian art. A leading international authority on Medardo Rosso, she has also written on other key twentieth-century Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Luciano Fabro, Francesco Lo Savio, Giuseppe Penone and Marisa Merz, and is the author of numerous edited volumes on themes related to Italian art and visual culture. Hecker has curated exhibitions at museums such as the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Harvard Arts Museums. At the 1990 Venice Biennale she coordinated the U.S. Pavilion for American artist Jenny Holzer, which won the Golden Lion Award. She worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, where she is currently organizing the first museum exhibition devoted to the ceramics of Lucio Fontana (2025). Hecker has also trademarked a method for due diligence for artworks called "The Hecker Standard,” and she teaches at the Universities of Pavia and Milan, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Luiss University in Rome and the University of Zürich. She is a founding member of ICRA (International Catalogue Raisonné Association) and is on the Vetting Committee of the international art fair TEFAF (Maastricht and New York). She coordinates the Expert Witness Pool for the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAFA) in The Hague.
Laura Castelli is Professor of Private Law in the ‘s degree in Law of the University of Milano and professional lawyer. She is the coordinator of the specialization Master in Art and Law as well at the University of Milan.
She wrote several books in particular - Prescrizione e impedimenti di fatto, Giuffrè, 2018; Disciplina antitrust e illecito civile, Giuffrè, 2012 – and many articles in the filed of prescription, protection of the arts and responsibility of unlawful act. She edited the volume Conversation in Art and Law, Giappichelli, 2021. She also founded the Journal Law and Art.
Cecilia Pennacini, Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the University of Turin, is full professor of Visual Anthropology and African Ethnology in the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the same University. Since 1988 she has carried out research in the Great Lakes region of Africa (Zaire/Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda) as a member of the Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation), leading the Mission from 2005 to 2019. She is responsible of the Erasmus Partner Countries program between the University of Turin and Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda) and coordinator of the TOAfrica summer school. She has published extensively on Visual and Museum anthropology as well as on Traditional Religion, Spirit Possession and Cultural Heritage of the African Great Lakes region. She has realized several ethnographic films and scientific programs for RAI, RadioTelevisione Italiana and for other institutions. In 2020 she was awarded with the “Giorgio Maria Sangiorgi” Prize for the History and Ethnology of Africa of the Accademia dei Lincei.
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Betty de Hart is a professor of transnational families and migration law at Vrije Universiteit. She conducts legal, empirical and historical research on the national, European and international rules that transnational families encounter, the views behind these rules as well as the impact on the everyday lives of transnational families. Such research will provide new insights into the meaning of nationality, citizenship and belonging. Betty de Hart is the recipient of a 2017 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to establish an independent research team and research program for her research project EUROMIX: Regulating Mixed Intimacies in Europe. The project answers the question of whether, how and why ‘mixed’ relationships are regulated in Europe, how ‘mixed’ couples respond to regulation and the role that law and lawyers play in the way in which thinking about “race” has developed in Europe. In 2012, she published her book on dual citizenship, in Dutch: Een tweede paspoort. Dubbele nationaliteit in de Verenigde Staten, Duitsland en Nederland (Amsterdam University Press, 2012). Earlier, in 2007, she received a Vidi-grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for her research project 'Transnational families between Dutch and Islamic family law'. In 2003, she completed her doctoral dissertation on citizen sponsors with a migrant partner and migration law, in Dutch: Onbezonnen vrouwen. Gemengde relaties in het nationaliteitsrecht en het vreemdelingenrecht (Aksant Amsterdam 2003). Betty de Hart has participated in various international research projects, including projects focusing on dual citizenship, family reunification and nationality law in the fifteen 'old' Member States of the European Union.
Giuseppe Gabrielli holds a PhD in Demography and is currently Associate Professor of Demography at the University of Naples Federico II. He teaches Economic Demography and Demographic Methods and Models. He is the President of the Group of Research on Demography (GRIE) for the Master Degree in International Relations (LM-52). He is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Master of II level in "Management of migration and processes of reception and inclusion". He has been appointed by MIUR as Italian Representative within the Joint Programming Initiative "More Years Better Lives - The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change" (JPI MYBL) in Europe. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Italian Journal of Economics, Demography and Statistics (RIEDS). He is author and co-author of several research articles, contributions in books and conference proceedings published in Italy and abroad. He has published in international journals such as: European Journal of Population, Demographic Research, Genus, Population Review, Cahiers québécois de démographie, International Migration, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Population Research, Journal of Family Issues, African Population Studies.
Salvatore Strozza is full professor in Demography at the University of Naples Federico II. He is the coordinator of the bachelor degree program in Political Science, two Master’s degrees in International Relations and a one-year Master of 2nd level in Management of Migration and Reception-Integration Processes. Since November 2020 he is President of the Italian Society of Economics, Demography and Statistics (SIEDS). He was Vice-President and President of the Italian Association for Population Studies (AISP-SIS) and is on the editorial board of two international journals: Genus and Studi Emigrazione. His main field of research is international migration, with major contributions on: Sources and methods of measurement and estimates; Demographic consequences of international migration; Spatial distributions and segregation of foreign citizens, Fertility of immigrants; Measures and determinants of immigrant’s integration; Second generation and school system. He is the author of more than 270 articles or chapters in scientific journals, volumes and conference acts, the (co)author of some books (monographic volumes) and the (co)editor of fifteen volumes and five special issue of scientific journals. He edited a large volume (554 pages) with Denisenko M. and Light M. entitled Migration from the Newly Independent States. 25 Years After the Collapse of the USSR, published by Springer (Cham, 2020). His last book, which was written together with Conti C. and Tucci E., is entitled: Nuovi cittadini. Diventare italiani nell’era della globalizzazione, published by Il Mulino (Bologna, 2021).
Manuela Consito holds a PhD in Public Law, she is Full Professor of Public Law at the School of Law of the University ofTurin. Her long record of teaching includes courses in Public Law, Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Public Procuremen Law, Welfare and Social Service Administrative Law, Administrative Environmental Law. She coordinates the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic of the School of Law, University of Turin. She has been Visiting Professor at CTLS - Centre for Transnational Legal Studies – founded by Georgetown University (US), The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London (UK), ESADE Law School (Spain), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), National University of Singapore (Singapore), University of Fribourg (Switzerland), University of Melbourne (Australia), University of Torino (Italy), University of Toronto (Canada); Invited Visiting Professor at the Universitad Complutense de Madrid within the LLP – Erasmus Teaching Exchange Program; Visiting Scholar at the Boston University School of Law. Her research in the migration law area covers many aspects: the mutual recognition of professional and academic qualifications of migrantsand highly skilled migrants; the reception, protection and repatriation of asylum seekers; the effects of climate change on migration; the integration and inclusion of migrants; citizenships.
Eleonora Celoria is a PhD candidate in Immigration Law at the PhD School in "Law and Institutions" at the University of Turin and she has been a visiting scholar at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Asylum Law of the Vrije Universiteit. She is a lecturer in the courses of the Legal Clinic on Rights of Prisoners (University of Turin) and of International Humanitarian Law and Migration (University of Milan), where she teaches refugee law. Her PhD research focuses on the institution of administrative detention, its implementation at the borders of the European Union and the tensions with the fundamental rights of migrants and asylum seekers. She is also a lawyer and she has four years’ experience working on the field with refugees, asylum seekers, victims of trafficking and exploitation. She has been involved in training and projects delivered by ASGI (Association on Juridical Studies on Immigration) on the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and of unaccompanied foreign minors.
Roberta Aluffi is Associate Professor in Comparative law at the Law Department of the University of Turin, where she also teaches Islamic law and African law. She has been teaching as a visiting professor in different Italian universities and abroad. Her main interests lie in Family law in Arab countries and Islamic law in Europe and also include legal translation by and towards the Arab language, notably the specific terminology involved. She has coordinated several research projects funded by Italian Ministries and by private entrepreneurs, and she has contributed to the development of European projects. She has been on the editorial board of the journals Daimon, Annuario di Diritto Comparato delle Religioni; Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza (http://www.dirittoimmigrazionecittadinanza.it/), and on the scientific committee of Immigrazione, Rivista professionale di scienze giuridiche e sociali (www.immigrazione.it), a specialized journal focussed on legal perspectives concerning foreigners, immigrants, citizenship and asylum issues.She is a board member of FIERI, of the scientific committee of REDESM (Centro di ricerca “Religioni, Diritto e Economie nello Spazio Mediterraneo”) and of EZIRE (Erlangen Centre for Islam & Law in Europe).
Alessandra Venturini is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Turin (tenured position) and Associate at the Migration Policy Center (MPC), EUI, Florence, previously founder and deputy director of the MPC-EUI. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence and has held senior academic positions at various Universities. She has been visiting professor at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex University), at Brown and Stanford Universities, at the International Institute of Labor Studies (ILO, in Geneva) and COMPAS (Oxford). She conducted joint research projects with many international organisations among them the OECD, the World Bank and the European Commission. She is a fellow of IZA and IMISCOE. Her research interests cover many aspects of migration studies: the migration choice, the effect of migration in the host labour market and in the EU innovation process, the demand of caregivers in an aging society, the assimilation of migrants. She has also written extensively on highly-skilled migration, the effect of remittances in the sending countries, circular and irregular migration.
Roberta Ricucci is associate professor of sociology of interethnic relations and sociology of Islam at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin. She is also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame and has been a visiting fellow at several prestigious universities, such as Princeton (USA), Monash and Wester Australia (Australia). She has been the coordinator of RN 34 in Sociology of Religion at ESA and is currently on the board of the Anthropology of Religion Society of the American Anthropological Association, where she has been the program chair for the annual conference for several years. She is an expert on issues related to migration and religions in the Mediterranean area, working in several international competitive projects with public or private funding, which she directs as a whole (e.g. Horizon 2020) or of which she leads the Italian team (e.g. Templeton). She is senior researcher at FIERI and member of thenetwork of Excellence IMISCOE She is author of several publications on religious integration of diasporas, second generations and identity dynamics and management of religious pluralism.
Ilaria Riva holds a PhD in "Civil Law" at the University of Turin. She is currently Associate Professor of Private Law at the Department of Law, University of Turin. She teaches Private Law in the Law Degree Course and Institutions of Private Law in the three-year degree course in "Labour Consultancy and Human Resources Management" at the Department of Law of the University of Turin, of which she is the president. She is a member of the editorial board of the quarterly magazine Rivista trimestrale di diritto e procedura civile, edited by Giuffré, Milan. E' capored editor of the review Contratto e impresa, edited by WKI. He is a member of the Coordination and Editorial Committee of the magazine Assicurazioni, edited by Giappichelli, Turin. She is a member of AIDA, the International Association of Insurance Law - Piedmont and Aosta Valley Section. She has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences.
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Iván Martín is Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Governance, Economic and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), and Associate Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Between 2013 and 2016 he was Part-time Professor at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the European University Institute in Florence, as well as member of the Expert Group on Economic Migration of the European Commission and Key Expert on Labour Migration providing External Technical Expertise on Migration to DG DEVCO of the European Commission (ETEM V Project). Formerly, he has been Senior Research Fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs-CIDOB, where he was the scientific coordinator of a FP-7 project on Arab Youth; Research Administrator at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus, Poland; Director of the Socio-Economic Forum of Casa Árabe and its International Institute for Arab and Muslim World Studies in Spain; and Adjunct Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He has coordinated several international research projects and since 2010 he has worked as a consultant and trainer on labour migration, youth employment and migration and development in Southern Mediterranean Countries, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America for the International Organization for Migration, the International Labour Organization, the European Commission (DG DEVCO and several EU Delegations), the European Training Foundation, the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures and the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat, as well as AECID, the GIZ and the Swiss Development Cooperation.
Hassan Boubakri is Professor of Geographyand Migration Studiesat the University of Sousse and President of the Tunis Center for Migration and Asylum (CeTuMA). He is: member of the Research Laboratory « SYFACTE »/University of Sfax; Tunisian partner of European research programs such as the ERC Project. “Vital Elements and Postcolonial Moves: Forensics as the Art of Paying Attention in a Mediterranean Harbour Town” (2023-2027); the ERC Project. “SolRoutes” (Solidarities and migrants' routes across Europe at large) (2023-2028); Horizon Europe “GAPs” Project (De-centring the Study of Migrant Returns and Readmission Policies in Europe and Beyond) (2023-2026); the EuroMedMig (leader: Universitat Pompeu Fabra/Barcelona) (2020-2023). He is member of academic networks such as: theNAMAN(North African Migration Academic Network),the “Academic Network on Mixed Migration in North Africa” (ANMMNA)/IOM & CMRS/American University in Cairo; and of the LMI (International Joint Laboratory) for research MOVIDA (Mobility, Travel, Innovations and Dynamics in Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Matteo Villa is Senior Research Fellow at ISPI and co-heads the ISPI Data Lab, monitoring geopolitical and geo-economic trends (among which, migration trends and the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic). He is a co-chair of the T20 Task Force on Global Health and Covid-19, as well as a member of the T20 Task Force on Migration. Matteo undertook his Ph.D. in Comparative Politics at the Graduate School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan. Formerly, at ISPI, he oversaw the Energy Watch, edited ISPI/Treccani’s Atlante Geopolitico, and managed RAstaNEWS, an FP7 EMU-wide macroeconomic project. Matteo Villa specializes in global health governance, international migration governance, statistical modeling, European politics, and energy issues. He recently published the paper "COVID-19: Recovering estimates of the infected fatality rate during an ongoing pandemic through partial data", in which he proposed a new method to calculate the plausible lethality rate of SARS-CoV- 2 infection.
Sona Kalantaryan is a Research Associate at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute. She holds a Ph.D degree in Economics from the University of Turin, where she previously obtained her M.Sc degree in Economics as well. She worked at the International Training Center of the ILO, the European Commission, University of Turin, Collegio Carlo Alberto and Ministry of Economy and Development of the Republic of Armenia. Her current work address the economic aspects of EU migration, labor market integration of refugees and asylum-seekers, labor migration managements in the EU neighbourhood, the impact of foreign labor force on the innovative capacity of the receiving countries, integration of thirds country nationals in the EU member states. Her research interests include econometrics, labor economics, demography and international migration, housing market and geographically cover the EU Member States, Balkan countries, Eastern European EU neighbourhood.
Giulia Marchesini is Human Capital Senior Programme Manager at the Center for Mediterranean Integration (UNOPS), which she joined in 2014. Giulia leads the human capital agenda, including education, migration, forced displacement and mobility components. In the field of higher education, she recently led the authoring and production of the CMI-World Bank report “Internationalization of Tertiary Education in the Middle East and North Africa”. In addition, as lead on partnerships, Giulia maintains and explores liaisons between the Center's founding members and partners, while managing new partnerships and supporting fundraising. Before joining the CMI, Giulia worked for the French Development Agency (AFD) and from 2012 to 2013, she was advisor to the French Minister for Development, where she was notably in charge of dialogue with the MENA region. Her experience in the MENA region also includes coordinating MENA economic and commercial issues for the French Ministry of Economy and Finances (2007-2009). Giulia holds master's degrees in Public Administration from Ecole Nationale d'Administration in France, and in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna in Italy.
Ummuhan Bardak is a senior specialist on labour market and migration at the ETF for more than 15 years. She has been involved in several projects related to the labour market, migration, employment and human capital development in the European Neighbourhood Regions. Her work on those topics encompasses research and analysis, policy dialogue, project management and capacity building. Highlights of her work have been labour market reviews, the skills dimension of migration, youth not in education training or employment, and future skill needs in selected sectors - mainly in the South Mediterranean, Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions.
Philippe Fargues is a sociologist and demographer. He is professor at the EUI, Florence, he was founder and Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute, as well the founding Director of the Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM) and Director of the Migration Summer School. He has been the Director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, a senior researcher at the French National Institute for Demographic Studies in Paris, a visiting professor at Harvard, and the Director of the Centre for Economic Legal and Social Studies (CEDEJ) in Cairo. His research interests include migration and refugee movements, population and politics in Muslim countries, family building, and demography and development. He has extensively published on these topics and lectured at a number of universities in Europe, America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Matthias Lücke is a senior researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and an adjunct professor at Kiel University. He studied economics at Cologne and London (LSE) and was a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund from 2000 to 2003. His research and teaching focus on migration, development, international trade, and European integration. Matthias Luecke coordinates the MEDAM project (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration). in particular, he consolidates research findings and policy analysis into implementable action strategies for EU and member state policies and leads dialogue activities with stakeholders at the European and national levels. He has been a consultant for various national governments and international organizations.
Alessandra Venturini is Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Turin, older of the Chair Jean Monnet in European Migration studies and Associate at the Migration Policy Center (MPC), EUI, Florence, previously founder and deputy director of the MPC-EUI. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence and has held senior academic positions at various Universities. She has been visiting professor at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex University), at Brown and Stanford Universities, at the International Institute of Labor Studies (ILO, in Geneva) and COMPAS (Oxford). She conducted joint research projects with many international organizations among them the OECD, the World Bank and the European Commission. She is a fellow of IZA and IMISCOE. Her research interests cover many aspects of migration studies: the migration choice, the effect of migration in the host labour market and in the EU innovation process, the demand of caregivers in an aging society, the assimilation of migrants. She has also written extensively on highly-skilled migration, the effect of remittances in the sending countries, circular and irregular migration.