Research Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, she holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Siena. She is an expert in analysis and modelling of quantitative data: her research interests are mainly concentrated on the European welfare and health systems changes due to the mobility and integration of migrants.
The Ph.D. thesis – “Health systems and inequality: the case of migrants in Europe” – is a study of the health discrimination and inequalities suffered by migrants in Europe, through a quantitative analysis of their health inequality of opportunities and unmet needs (EU-SILC dataset, years 2007-2014). In this context, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Agència de Salut Pùblica de Barcelona (ASPB), collaborating to the 7th Framework Programme (grant 278173) SOPHIE, namely Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities.
Prior to joining the Global Governance Programme (GGP) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in 2013, she has also worked in several international organisations and NGOs in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Serbia and Spain, dealing mainly with public health and migration issues. Starting from February 2018, she has been appointed as RSCAS Fellow and ‘GlobalStat‘ Project Coordinator.
She holds a M.Sc. degree in Development Economics from the University of Florence (Italy) and a B.Sc. degree in Law and Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy). She has also written for the European Parliament Research Service’s blog, East Journal, il Manifesto, inGenere and NeoDemos.info. She is a peer reviewer for Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies and Internal Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.
She is an activist on human rights, working especially with migrants, asylum seekers and vulnerable people. As part of ARCI association for almost fifteen years, she organised several cultural, political and musical festivals and initiatives. Recently she was co-organising an itinerary photo exhibition on Sahrawi refugees’ camps, Ritratti della memoria.
General coordinator and volunteer of the EUI Refugee Initiative (2016-onward): structured and targeted first reception program for six asylum seekers at EUI, also through qualified legislative and social assistance.