I hold a PhD in social and political sciences, awarded in 1998, by the European University Institute. Previously, I studied political science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence where I specialized on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region while learning Arabic.
I have lived and worked in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Currently, I am a Senior Research Fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair of the College of Europe (Natolin Campus) where I direct the Natolin Academy of Migration while teaching and developing research on how migration affect bilateral and multilateral patterns of cooperation. I am also a research associate at the Tunis-based Research Institute on the Contemporary Maghreb (IRMC). As of February 2020, I will direct the Chair on Migration Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies IMéRA, Aix-Marseille University.
Prior to this, I was part-time professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European University Institute, Florence) where I supervised and managed interdisciplinary research projects on migration policies and developed field surveys mobilizing EU and non-EU partner institutions (in North and sub-Saharan Africa, the Mediterranean and the Caucasus).
My publications and major interests focus on the expansion of international regulatory systems and bilateral/regional patterns of cooperation, and on the diffusion and internalization of norms and practices pertaining to the “governance” of international migration, especially with reference to MENA and African countries.
I have also worked for the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO). I have served as a consultant to the European Parliament (LIBE Committee) on readmission policies and human rights observance in the EU. I have also cooperated with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC).
Finally, I am a member of the scientific committee of the Laboratory of Critical Studies on Forced Migration based at the University of Milan (Italy) and one of the coordinators of the research cluster “External dimension of EU migration and asylum policies” at the Academy of Law and Migration (ADIM).
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