Dr Caterina Mazzilli, BA, Padova; MA, Bologna; PhD, Sussex.
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, “The Art of International Friendship” Project (ESRC)
I am currently working as Post-doc Research Assistant for the ESRC-funded “The Art of International Friendship” Project, lead by Dr. Holly Eva Ryan. In 2019 I completed my PhD in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex, where I was part of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. My research was a cross-country comparison on city narratives of receptiveness, which employed Brighton and Bologna as case studies. Alongside my PhD I have also worked for two major Sussex research projects: HEIM (Higher Education, Internationalisation and Mobility) - Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, for which I was an Early Career Research Fellow seconded at the Roma Education Fund in Budapest, and YMOBILITY (Youth Mobility) - Horizon 2020, for which I was a Research Assistant. I also worked as external consultant for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) of Brussels.
Post-doc: town twinning, local policies Individual research: Migration, Diversity, Cities, Place-Narratives, Social Inclusion Policies, Migrant Regularisation
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
Mazzilli, C. (2021). A space of welcome for (almost) everyone. A study on the tension between Brighton and Bologna’s institutional narratives and practices of welcome. In Scaling Welcome (Special Issue). Hospitality & Society. DOI: https://doi. org/10.1386/hosp_00039_1
Ryan, H.E. & Mazzilli, C. (2020). Debating the value of twinning in the United Kingdom: the need for a broader perspective. British Politics, 1-22. DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.1057/s41293-021-00163-x
Mazzilli, C. (2020). “The happiest city in England” Brighton’s narratives of diversity between “success stories” and sidelined issues. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-19. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2020.1823449
Pratsinakis, M., King, R., Himmelstine, C. L., & Mazzilli, C. (2020). A crisis‐ driven migration? Aspirations and experiences of the post‐2008 South European migrants in London. International Migration, 58(1), 15-30.
Mazzilli, C., & King, R. (2018). ‘What have I done to deserve this?’ Young Italian migrants in Britain narrate their reaction to Brexit and plans for the future. Rivista Geografica Italiana, 125(4), 507-523.
Moroş anu, L., Bulat, A., Mazzilli, C., & King, R. (2019). Growing up abroad: Italian and Romanian migrants’ partial transitions to adulthood. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(9), 1554-1573.
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: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526456984
Mazzilli, C. (2015). Towards wonderland: The experience of border- crossing through the eyes of children. In Actas del VIII Congreso sobre Migraciones Internacionales en España: Granada, 16-18 de septiembre de 2015 (p. 28). Instituto de Migraciones.
Riso, P., & Mazzilli, C. (2014). The integration of the asylum seekers and the state of permanent emergency of the immigrants in Calabria. Glasnik Etnografskog Instituta SANU, 62(1), 49-65.
Mazzilli, C. (forthcoming). Day-to-day discrimination in ‘receptive cities’: voices from Brighton and Bologna. In Burgum, S. and Higgins, K. (eds.). How the Other Half Lives. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Mazzilli, C. (2021). 'Libes: Life Beyond the Shelter'. Long-term support for survivors of human trafficking moving from shelter life to independence. Evaluation Report. Antwerp, Belgium: Payoke NGO.
Raghuram, P., Sondhi, G., Mazzilli, C., and Wadsley (2021). Indian Women’s Migration to the EU. Background Paper. Open University London and International Labour Organisation.
From 2010 to 2014 I worked in the field of asylum-seekers reception with Universo Interculturale NGO and as a Communication Officer for the Human Rights Nights Organisation of Bologna, Italy.
I write periodic publications for various online magazines such as QCode, Discover Society 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. My latest piece is: Mazzilli, C. 2020(6th May). LOVE BRIGHTON, HATE RACISM: DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDINGS OF ‘DIVERSITY’. Discover Society. Available at: https://discoversociety.org/2020/05/06/love-brighton-hate-racism-different-understandings-of-diversity/