I am a UK-based researcher and academic, currently working as Associate Professor in Public and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. Within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, I am a member of the Identities, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration Centre (ICEMiC) and I lead the International Centre for Public and Social Policy (IcPSP). I am also Editor of the journal Social Policy and Society.
Previously I worked at Middlesex University, as co-director of the Social Policy Research Centre (till 2018), and I’ve been one of the Editors of the journal Work Employment and Society – WES (2017-2020)
I have experience in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research on a wide range of areas, including migration, ethnicity, inequalities, education, social policy and community organisations – often using a ‘social networks’ approach.
My recent research projects include grants from the European Commission, the Fundamental Rights Agency, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), as well as work commissioned by local authorities, public bodies and charitable organisations. I have been also involved in several partnership initiatives with NGOs and community organisations, including events, consultations and evaluations.
My publications – in English, Italian and sometimes Spanish – include articles, reports and book chapters on a range of topics, such as migration policy, diversity and inequalities, education and social statistics at both national and European level.
Since 2002 I have been a contributor to the ‘Dossier Statistico Immigrazione – IDOS (Italy), in particular working on EU migration policy and trends; and I am now a member of IDOS Scientific Committee. I have been a visiting scientist at the University of Turin and the Collegio Carlo Alberto (2018-2019) and at the University of Padua (2022). I am currently an associate member of the CER-Migracions research centre (Barcelona) and a member of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre (London).
I am an active member of the UK Social Policy Association and of the British Sociological Association ; within the BSA, I am convenor of the Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG).
[The views presented on this blog are solely mine and
do not represent the positions of my institutions of affiliation]