School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Caterina Mazzilli, BA, Padova; MA, Bologna; PhD, Sussex.


Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, “The Art of International Friendship” Project (ESRC)



I completed my PhD in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex, where I was part of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.

Alongside my PhD I have also worked for two major Sussex research projects: the HEIM Project (Higher Education, Internationalisation and Mobility) - Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, for which I was an Early Career Research Fellow at the Roma Education Fund in Budapest, and the YMOBILITY project - Horizon 2020, for which I was a Research Assistant.

Twitter: @CaterillaM


Research Interests:

Migration, Diversity, Cities, Place-Narratives, Social Inclusion Policies.

Examples of research funding:

  • Higher Education Academy,  Associate Fellow – 2017
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Early Career Research Fellowship – 2016
  • Nordic Migration Conference – Conference Funding Award – 2016


Pratsinakis, M., King, R., Leon Himmelstine, C. & Mazzilli, C. (2019). A Crisis-Driven Migration? Aspirations and Experiences of the Post-2008 South-European Migrants in London. International Migration. DOI: 10.1111/imig.12583

Mazzilli, C. & King, R. (2019) "What have I done to deserve this?" Young Italian migrants in Britain narrate their reaction to Brexit and plans to the future. Rivista Geografica Italiana, 125(4), 507-523. ISSN 0035-6697

Moroşanu, L., Bulat, A., Mazzilli, C. & King, R. (2018). Growing Up Abroad: Italian and Romanian Migrants’ Partial Transitions to Adulthood. Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2018.1501505

Mazzilli, C. (2018). Black and Ethnic Minorities or Foreigners? Researching Narratives of Receptiveness under Different Political Frameworks Using Semi-Structured Interviews. SAGE Methods Cases Part 2. DOI:

Mazzilli, C. (2015). Towards Wonderland. The Experience of Border–Crossing through the Eyes of Children. In F. J. García Castaño, A. Megías Megías, & J. Ortega Torres (Eds.), Actas del VIII Congreso sobre Migraciones Internacionales en España (Granada, 16-18 de septiembre de 2015) (pp. S03/124– S03/134). Granada: Instituto de Migraciones

Mazzilli, C. and Riso, P. (2014). The Integration of Asylum Seekers and the State of Permanent Emergency of Immigrants in Calabria, Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, 62:1

Public Engagement

From 2010 to 2014 I worked in the field of asylum-seekers reception with Universo Interculturale NGO of Bologna, Italy and as a Communication Officer for the Human Rights Nights Organisation of Bologna, Italy.

I produce periodic publications for the online magazines QCode and Red Pepper, matching my academic interest for migration and place narratives with current political issues. I have written on Italy, Hungary, Greece and the Mediterranean.