My research interests include:
- The EU and the refugee crisis (MEDMIG)
- Child and youth migration, in particular transitions to social adulthood of former unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in the EU (Becoming Adult).
- Livelihoods and lifeworlds of undocumented migrant children and young people in the UK.
- Stateless diasporas and immigration and citizenship regimes in the EU (Oxford Diasporas Programme)
- Citizenship, superdiversity and belonging (forthcoming edited book)
- Mixed-EU families, eurochildren and Brexit
At Birmingham I teach on the MA in Migration, Superdiversity and Policy. Previously I taught on the MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. In October 2012 I was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Oxford for ‘outstanding contribution to the MSc in Migration Studies’.
I have long standing interest in Romani politics and anti-Gypsyism in Europe.
My work has appeared in a range of peer reviewed journals, including Sociology, Social Anthropology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Citizenship Studies. I am author or editor of books and journal’s special issues including The Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (with Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Long and Loescher, Oxford University Press), Sans Papiers (with Bloch and Zetter, Pluto), Ethnography, diversity and urban space (with Mette L. Berg and Ben Gidley, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power), Romani politics in contemporary Europe: poverty, ethnic mobilisation and the neoliberal order (with Nidhi Trehan, Palgrave, 2009), Refugee Community Organisations and Dispersal: Networks, Resources and Social Capital (with David Griffiths and Roger Zetter, Policy Press, 2005), The Roma in the new EU: Polices, Frames and Everyday Experiences (with Peter Vermeersch, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2012), and Rifugio Europa? (Studi Emigrazione, 2006).
I am one of the founding editors of Migration Studies, a new refereed journal by Oxford University Press that started publication in Spring 2013.
In November 2016, I was included in the University of Birmingham’s ‘Birmingham Heroes‘ campaign for my work on the refugee crisis.
Professore associato presso l’Institute for Research into Superdiversity all’Università di Birmingham. Sono anche ricercatore associato presso il Refugee Studies e il Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) alla Università di Oxford. Sono co-fondatore di OsservAzione, gruppo di ricerca azione contro la discriminazione di rom e sinti. Mi occupo di asilo politico e migrazioni forzate in ambito europeo e di rom e sinti in Italia e Europa. Sono autore di numerosi saggi su queste tematiche, nel 2006 ho ricevuto il premio Di Liegro per la ricerca sociale. Nel 2012 la Università di Oxford mi ha conferito il Teaching Excellence Award per il mio contributo al corso di Master sulle migrazioni internazionali.