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).

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