I hold a PhD in social and political sciences, awarded with distinction 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 region while learning Arabic.
I lived and worked in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Currently, I am a researcher at the Tunis-based Research Institute on the Contemporary Maghreb (IRMC, Tunis) where I am doing comparative research on the ‘governance’ of labour migration in North Africa, migrant workers’ rights, the expansion of international regulatory systems and bilateral/regional patterns of cooperation. 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 return migration policies, mobilizing EU and non-EU partner institutions (in North and sub-Saharan Africa, the Mediterranean and the Caucasus).
I also worked for the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO) and the ERC-funded Borderlands project. I served as a consultant to the European Parliament (LIBE Committee) on readmission policies and human rights observance in the EU. I also cooperated with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC).