PhD in Social and Political Sciences (with distinction), European University Institute, Fiesole, 1996.
MA in Political Sciences (cum laude), University of Florence, 1990.
Full professor of political sociology, University of Chieti-Pescara (2009-present).
Associate professor of urban sociology, University of Florence (2002-2009).
Assistant professor of sociology, University of Florence (1993-2002).
Researcher, European University Institute (1991-1993).
Researcher, CENSIS Foundation, Rome (1990-1991).
Academic courses taught
University of Chieti-Pescara: Methods of social research (2009-2010). Sociology of international relations (2010-).
University of Florence: Sociology (1993-2008). Sociology of international relations (2009-2010). Sociology of ethnic relations (2001-2009). Sociology of migration (2002-2011). European social policies (2004-2005). Methods of social stratification research (2001-2004). Sociology of organizations (1998-2001).
University of Michigan-University of Wisconsin-Duke University (International Program): European societies (2003-2011).
Gonzaga University (International Program): Social change (1993-2002).
Other academic tasks and experiences (selection)
Co-director, Euro-Mediterranean School on Migration and Development, EUI, 2005-2009.
Director, BA Program of Social Work, University of Florence, 2005-2008.
Member of the Steering Committee, PhD program in Sociology, University of Florence, 2005-present.
Member of the Scientific Committee, Centro Interuniversitario di Sociologia Politica (CIUSPO), University of Florence, 2003-present.
Visiting Professor, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, 2012.
Visiting Professor, Warsaw School of Social Psychology (WSPS), June 2006.
Visiting Professor, Centre for Survey Methodology and Research (ZUMA), Mannheim, September 2006.
Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, UCLA, Los Angeles, June-September 2005.
Grants and research direction experiences
Director, research project The Europeanisation of Everyday Life: Cross-border Practices and Transnational Identities among EU and Third-Country Citizens (EUCROSS), European Commission research grant, DG Research, 7th Framework Program. Partner institutions: Aarhus University, GESIS (Mannheim), IBEI (Barcelona), University of York, University of Bucharest. 2011-2014. € 1,744,000. Website: www.eucross.eu
Director, research project 'All Citizens Now': Intra-EU Mobility and Political Participation of English, Germans, Poles and Romanians in Western and Southern Europe (MOVEACT), European Commission research grant, DG Justice. Partner institutions: ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundations for European and Foreign Policy, Athens), University of Alicante, University of Tours. 2011-2013. € 548,000. Website: www.moveact.eu
Director, research project Empirical Evidence on Geographic and Job Mobility in the European Union, European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities). 2006, € 44,500.
Director, research project Pioneers of Europe's Integration 'from Below': Mobility and the Emergence of European Identity among National and Foreign Citizens in the EU (PIONEUR), European Commission research grant, 5th Framework Program. Partner institutions: University of Oxford (Center for Socio-Legal Studies), University of Alicante, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Cevipof, Paris), Zentrum fűr Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen (Mannheim). 2003-2006, € 1,095,000. Website: www.obets.ua.es/pioneur
Director, Italian section of comparative project Stratification in Higher Education, international directors Yossi Shavit (Tel Aviv University), Richard Arum (New York University) and Adam Gamoran (University of Wisconsin).
Jean Monnet teaching grant, European Commission, course on "European integration and the social integration of immigrantsin the EU". 2002-2005, € 18,000.
Scholarship, London School of Economics and Political Science, LFS program, 1998, € 2,000.
Director, research project Nuovi e vecchi stili di rappresentanza della classe politica municipale italiana, strategic national research project in the social sciences, Italian Ministry of Scientific Research. 2011-2013, € 25,000.
Director, research project Il reclutamento del ceto dirigente del PD tra continuità e innovazione, strategic national research project in the social sciences, Italian Ministry of Scientific Research. 2008-2010, € 18,000.
Director, research project Da migranti a cittadini. Strategie della mobilità e dell'integrazione di polacchi, bulgari e romeni, University of Florence grant. 2007-2008, € 9,000.
Director, research project Gli immigrati di seconda generazione tra integrazione ed esclusione sociale: un approccio di rete, University of Florence and CESVOT foundation. 2007, € 40,000.
Director, research project Le associazioni di e per gli immigrati in Toscana, University of Florence and CESVOT foundation. 2004-2005, € 50,000.
CNR, short-term mobility grant, project L'impatto della libera circolazione sull'identità dei cittadini europei, 2005, € 3,200.
Academic presentations and conference contributions (selection, 2005-2013)
European Identity and the Crisis, Euro-visions public lecture series, Trinity College, Dublin, February 22, 2013.
Legitimacy in Global Governance: A Sociological Research Agenda, paper presented at the high-level workshop “Object and Methodology of Global Governance”, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute, Florence, January 25, 2013.
Citizenship for What? The Social and Political Participation of EU Movers in Southern Europe, paper presented at the conference “Immigration and Well-Being: Research Frontiers”, International Sociological Association (Research Committee 31), Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, January 8, 2013.
Making European Citizenship Work: An Empirical Assessment of EU Movers’ Political Participation in Southern Europe (with L. Raffini), paper presented at the conference of the ESA Research Network 32 - Political Sociology, 2nd Midterm Conference, University of Milano, Milan, December 1, 2012.
Belonging: The Third Face of European Citizenship, paper presented at the conference “Building the EU Citizen Pillar”, European Citizens Action Service (ECAS) - European Economic and Social Committee, Bruxelles, November 5, 2012.
Free Movement: The Social Fabric of Europe’s Integration, keynote speech, Annual Conference of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Barcelona, October 27, 2012.
La partecipazione politica delle europee e degli europei mobili, paper presented at the conference “Politica, democrazia e genere”, Associazione Italiana di Sociologia, Sezione di Sociologia Politica, Università La Sapienza, Rome, October 6, 2012.
Citizens and/or Strangers: The Associations of EU Free Movers in Southern European Civil Societies (with Luca Raffini), paper presented at the 2nd Forum of the International Sociological Association, Research Committee 26, Buenos Aires, August 1-5, 2012.
Europe as Transnational Social Space: A Comparative Assessment, paper presented at the 2nd Forum of the International Sociological Association, Research Committee 20, Buenos Aires, August 1-5, 2012.
Transnational Practices and European Identity: Theoretical Foundations, Research Developments and Policy Implications, keynote speech, conference “The Development of European Identities: Policy and Research Issues”, European Commission, Brussels, February 9, 2012.
Sociology of the European Union, panel convenor and chair, 6th ECPR Conference, Reykjavik, August 27, 2011.
Mobility, Citizenship and Employment in the Enlarged Europe (with A. Triandafyllidou),paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference, Montreal, March 17, 2011.
Free Movement and the Regionalization of Labour Migration in Europe, keynote lecture, "New Migrations, New Challenges: Trinity Immigration Initiative International Conference", Trinity College, Dublin, July 1, 2010.
Mobility in the EU: What We Know and What We (Still) Ignore, key-note concluding speech, "Eures @ 15 Conference", DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission, Bruxelles, November 17, 2009.
Intra-EU Migration: An Overview, key-note speech, workshop "Intra-EU Migration: New Political Realities", European Policy Centre, Bruxelles, November 16, 2009.
The Changing Face of Intra-EU Migration after the Union's 2004 and 2007 Enlargements, 9th conference of the European Sociological Association, Research Network 32, Lisbon, September 4, 2009.
Libera circolazione ed europeizzazione della cittadinanza: un'analisi della partecipazione politica degli europei mobili, "Il gioco dei poteri nelle trasformazioni della democrazia", Sezione di Sociologia Politica – AIS, Università La Sapienza, Rome, May 22, 2009.
Participant and discussant, workshop Labor Mobility in Transatlantic Perspective: 'American Movers' vs. 'European Stayers'?, German Marshall Fund and OSA Institute of Tilburg University, Washington, April 22, 2009.
Free-Moving Europeans: Old and New, conference A Transatlantic Dialogue on Migration, New York University-Syracuse University-University of Florence, Palazzo Vecchio (Florence), March 24, 2009.
Mobility in Europe, key-note speech, LabourNet and LAPPEA Institute Graduate Seminar, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, March 16, 2009.
The Social Forms of Human Mobility: Some Preliminary Remarks, workshop "Highly Skilled Migrations in Europe", Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, February 20-21, 2009.
Sketch of a Social Mobility Theory of International Migration, ISA-RC28 Spring Meeting, "Social Stratification and Insiders/Outsiders: Cross-national Comparisons within and between Continents", Fiesole, European University Institute, May 15-18, 2008.
Comments to "Sociological Methods in Research on Diaspora and Transnationalism", conference "Diaspora and Transnationalism: Conceptual, Theoretical and Methodological Challenges", Fiesole, European University Institute, April 10-11, 2008.
How Similar, How Different: A Comparative Perspective on European Young People, closing lecture of the conference "Youth and Work", European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Madrid, October 17, 2007.
Free-Moving Western Europeans: An Empirically Based Portrait, conference "Migration and People Movement in Europe: Threat or Benefit?", Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, September 28-29, 2007.
Il transnazionalismo europeo, national conference of the Italian Sociological Association (AIS), section of Political Sociology, Urbino, September 14, 2007.
Is Europe Going Flexy? Context- and Individual-level Determinants of Work Mobility in the EU (1995-2005),ISA-RC28 Spring Meeting, Brno, May 24-27, 2007.
Nationality and Identity in Immigration, conference "Citizenship, Identity and Immigration in the European Union", Think & Act Event, APRE-European Commission, Rome, March 28, 2007.
Geographic Mobility in the EU: Trends, Rationales, and Policies, paper presented at the conference "Labour Mobility in the EU and China: Trends and Challenges Ahead", European Commission, Brussels, DG Employment, November 13, 2006.
Comments on Immigration and Integration Policies in the Netherlands, discussant at the conference The making of migratory policies in Europe, FIERI-IMISCOE-Università di Torino, Torino, May 20, 2006.
The Social Mobility of Mobile Europeans, conference "Intergenerational transmissions: cultural, economic or social resources?", International Sociological Association, Research Committee 28 (RC28) on Social Stratification and Mobility, Nijmegen, May 12, 2006.
Mobile Europeans at a Glance, conference "Labour Mobility in the EU and the US: Trends and Challenges Ahead", European Commission, Brussels, April 6-7, 2006.
'Don't call me tourist, don't call me migrant': Portraits of free movers in Western Europe, conference "The mobility of people and culture", Associazione Italiana di Sociologia – American Sociological Association, Facoltà di Sociologia, Università di Roma, Rome, December 3, 2005.
EU Citizens on the Move: Where, When, Why, VI International Summer School, Jean Monnet European Center, Università di Trento-Università di Innsbruck, Innsbruck, September 14, 2005.
No Borders, More Opportunities? The Social Mobility of Free-Moving Europeans, conference "Inequality and Mobility in Family, School, and Work", International Sociological Association, Research Committee 28 (RC28) on Social Stratification and Mobility, Los Angeles, August 19, 2005.
An Alternative Route Upward? The Social Mobility of Mobile Europeans, 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, "Frontiers of Sociology", Stockholm, July 5-9, 2005.
Professional activities (selection)
Scientific expert, European Commission, DG Research, 2005-present.
Scientific expert, European Research Council, 2011-present.
Referee for international academic journals and research institutions: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, European Societies, Ethnicities, Environment and Planning C, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, French Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, European Political Science Review, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica; European Science Foundation, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Estonian Science Foundation.
Member of the Editorial Board: International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, SocietàMutamentoPolitica.
Fellow of the Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration, an international platform for young professionals dealing with migration and integration, coordinated by the German Marshall Fund and Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2008-present.
Member of ISA Research Committee 28 (Social Stratification and Mobility), 1996-present.
Member of AIS (Associazione Italiana di Sociologia), 1993-present.