I am currently Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore and Project Coordinator of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Network “Transnational Political Contention in Europe” (TraPoCo). Between 2018 and 2021 I have been Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Center for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, where I was Principal Investigator in the project Reclaiming the cities in the post-Yugoslav space (ReCitYu), funded from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020.
Previously, I have been a post-doctoral research fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore of Florence (Italy), involved in the project “Mobilizing for Democracy – Collective Action and the Refugee Crisis”, for which I investigated the protests and grassroots initiatives in solidarity with refugees in Austria and in the countries of former Yugoslavia in the context of the 2015-16 refugee crisis.
I hold a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), I received a MA with honors in Development Studies from the University of Bologna and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Padova (Italy).
I have been conducting extensive research on the dynamics of contentious action in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2010, and followed the social protests in the country, which constitute the topic of my Phd thesis. I have been a Research Associate at the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, and a visiting fellow at the at the Center for Southeast European Studies in Graz.
My research interests include contentious politics, urban movements, citizenship, mobilisation in divided societies, refugees and forced migration, with a particular focus on Southeastern Europe.
I also contribute to several media outlets commenting on Balkan politics and society, as well as the current refugee crisis.