Professor of Political Sociology
I am a professor of political sociology in the Università 'G. d'Annunzio' of Chieti-Pescara, Italy. I hold a PhD (with distinction) in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), I have taught and researched at the University of Florence, the EUI, the University of Michigan, Gonzaga University, UCLA, Universidad Complutense and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology.
My main research foci are human mobility (in its different forms), social stratification, elites, and European integration. I am the author of more than fifty publications in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish, including monographs, edited volumes, book chapters, and journal articles. As my publications attest, I am a quantitative-oriented, theory-driven, empirical sociologist especially committed to comparative research. Being convinced of the grounded nature of sociological knowledge, I maintain that the development of the discipline – particularly in Europe – needs more large-scale, cooperative inquiries on the field. Along this line, in the last decade I have made an effort to promote a number of projects breaking away with methodological nationalism and exploring the broad theme of 'mobility'. I have coordinated a 5th Framework Program research project on intra-EU migration (the PIONEUR project) and a project on the civic and political participation of intra-EU migrants (the MOVEACT project) also funded by the European Commission as part of the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship program. Currently I coordinate a 7th Framework Program research project on 'the Europeanisation of everyday life' (the EUCROSS project).
E. Recchi, Senza frontiere. La libera circolazione delle persone in Europa, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013