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I'm currently a doctoral researcher at the Global Development Institute, where, adopting a mixed-methods design, I investigate the effects of foreign aid on international migration flows.

I like to think that my research focuses on bridges. On the one hand, coming from a professional background in the development and humanitarian sectors, I aim at bridging practitioners with academia, offering relevant analytical tools that facilitate planning and implementation. On the other hand, my objective is to provide policy makers with more solid evidence base in key sectors.

My interests overlap between international migration and foreign aid.

Research interests

My key areas of interest include:

  • International migration
  • Displacement and forced migration
  • Development and Humanitarian Aid
  • Aid effectiveness & Aid transparency
  • Policy and Impact evaluation


I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences (2006) and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Political and Institutional Studies (2009) from University of Milano. After graduating, I've collaborated with the Department of Social and Political Studies as a Research Assistant.

While cooperating with University of Milano, I gained a post - graduate diploma in "Techniques  for International Development Cooperation". After a short assigment at Publish What You Fund in London, where I supported with policy-oriented research focused on Aid Transparency, I’ve moved to the development sector as a Project Manager.

After shifting to humanitarian operations and serving in Pakistan, South Sudan and Lebanon as a Programme Manager and Technical Coordinator for several NGOs,  I have decided to resume academic studies and research. Thus, after gaining a Master of Research from University of East Anglia with a dissertation on "The effects of development aid on international migration to Italy", I joined GDI in 2017. Here, I focus on the effects of foreign aid on international migration to Europe.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Research, Social Science Research Methods, University of East Anglia

18 Sep 201631 Aug 2017

Award Date: 30 Sep 2017

Master of Arts, Comparative Politics, Universita Degli Studi di Milano

1 Oct 200618 Mar 2009

Award Date: 18 Mar 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Political Sciences, Universita Degli Studi di Milano

30 Sep 200319 Dec 2006

Award Date: 19 Dec 2006

Areas of expertise

  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • International Non-governmental Organisations
  • international humanitarian law
  • Migration
  • Humanitarianism
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Development Studies
  • Development Aid
  • Humanitarian Aid

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


  • Forced Migration
  • Displacement
  • Refugees
  • Asylum


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