The Border Fence

On Thursday 17th October I will be in Turin as the discussant for the showing of “The Border Fence“. An insightful documentary by award winning director Nikolaus Geyrhalter on the Austria-Italy border during the 2016.

The event is part of Crocevia Di Sguardi, a migration documentaries festival organised by FIERI (Fieri Forum Internazionale Ed Europeo Ricerche Sull’Immigrazione), now in its XV edition.

The Presentation of the Networked Self

My latest paper (with Louise Ryan) is now available online on Social Networks.
The presentation of the networked self: Ethics and epistemology in social network analysis” is part of a forthcoming special issue on Ethics and Social Network Analysis.

The paper explores some of the challenges and opportunities of qualitative network research and in particular it draws on the work of Goffman and Krackhardt to discuss that crucial step in between participants’ perceptions and the collection and visualisation of network data – i.e. what we call the presentation of the networked self.

The paper builds on previous publications by me, Louise Ryan and Paola Tubaro – which we undertook within the Social Network Analysis study group (SNAG) of the British Sociological Association.

Our earlier Social Networks article (“Changing times: Migrants’ social network analysis and the challenges of longitudinal research“) is one of the most downloaded in the journal -and it’s open access!

Leading the icPSP

I am thrilled to announced that from this 2019-2020 academic year I will be Research Lead for the International Centre for Public and Social Policy (icPSP) at the University of Nottingham.

The centre brings scholars from across the School of Sociology and Social Policy working on a wide range of themes, including national, local and global governance, welfare reform and labour markets, migration policy and inequalities, health and social security, education and urban studies.

Following our Away Day last July, we are going to implement an ambitious action plan for the coming years, including events, research initiatives, international collaborations and renewed efforts to include postgraduate students in our work. Watch this space or the icPSP webpage for future updates.

Latest news

Hello there. I haven’t been updating the news section of this blog in a while – sorry!

I am planning some major website ‘refurbishment’ in Summer 2018.

In the meantime, you can find my latest publications here.

Also, you can find more details about my project, events and other activities by following my Twitter account @adangeloUK.

It’s a busy life (!), but I hope I will get back soon for more updates.


Italy’s system of migration management has been called an ‘illegality factory’. This is how it works.

Middlesex Minds

Alessio D'Angelo Middlesex UniversityMA Migration, Society and Policy Programme Leader Dr Alessio D’Angelo is a member of the Middlesex team working on ‘EVI-MED – Constructing an Evidence Base of Mediterranean Migrations’, an ESRC-DFID project. In his latest blog post, he argues that the Italian ‘hotspot’ approach to the migrant crisis may soon backfire.

When visiting Rome a few days ago, the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker praised Italy’s implementation of the hotspot approach as a model for other European countries on how to manage the current refugee crisis. As I argued before, the Italian ‘roadmap’ on migration has paid its political dividends at the expense of human rights and legality.

The practices within the so-called ‘hotspots’ have received wide condemnation among human rights activists: fingerprinting takes place, even with the use of force; people are kept for periods much longer than the Italian legislation would allow; and the living conditions go from poor…

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