Marcello Carammia

Ricercatore di SCIENZA POLITICA [SPS/04]
Email: marcello.carammia@unict.it
Orario di ricevimento: Lunedì 11.00-13.00 su Teams


Marcello Carammia is a Senior Researcher at the University of Catania. His research focuses on the comparative analysis of institutions and public policies, with special interest in the interaction between migration dynamics, politics, and policy.
Between 2015 and 2019 he was a Senior Researcher at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO – the EU Asylum Agency), where he was responsible for the Agency’s Research programme on the push and pull factors of asylum-related migration. Previously he was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer in comparative European politics at the University of Malta.
He is a founding co-director of the Italian Agendas Project and a core member of the EU Agendas Project. He is a member of the Core leadership of the COST project International Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities' Survey Data Network (Ethmigsurveydata), directed by Prof Laura Morales at Sciences-Po Paris; PI for Malta of the COST project Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science (Proseps) directed by prof Giliberto Capano at the University of Bologna; Advisory board member of the H2020 project Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy (QuantMig), directed by Prof Jakub Bijak at the University of Southampton; Scientific committee member of the EASO project Surveys of Asylum-Related Migrants (SAM).
He has been a Visiting Fellow, Visiting Scholar or Visiting Researcher at the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zaragoza, Sheffield, and Louvain-la-Neuve. He held invited seminars or lectures at the Universities of Barcelona, Belgrade, Bologna, Exeter, Lisbon, Nicosia, Siena, and at the European University Institute.
His articles appeared in such journals as European Union Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Policy Studies Journal, and South European Society and Politics.

CURRICULUM VITAE

WORK ADDRESS
Department of Political and Social Sciences
University of Catania
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 49
95131 – Catania (Italy)
tel. +39 0957347254
e-mail: marcello.carammia@unict.it

CURRENT POSITION
• Senior Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania (2020 – )
• National qualification as Associate Professor in Italy (July 2017)

PAST POSITIONS
• 2015-2019 Senior Researcher, Information and Analysis Unit, European Asylum Support Office
• 2014-2019 Senior Lecturer in European Politics, Institute for European Studies, University of Malta
• 2011-2014 Lecturer, Institute for European Studies, University of Malta
• 2010-2011 Adjunct Professor of Italian Political System, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Catania.
• 2009-2011 Post-doctoral Fellow, Dipartimento di Studi Politici, University of Catania.

MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS
Comparative institutions, politics, and public policy. Immigration dynamics, politics, and policy. European Union politics.

EDUCATION
Degrees:
• September 2008 PhD in Comparative and European Politics, University of Siena. Dissertation: The politics of European Union Immigration Policy. Institutions, Actors, Processes, and Policy Change (supervisor: Prof. Francesca Longo).
• January–June 2004 Specialization Course in International and Diplomatic Sciences, organized by the University Institute of European Studies of Turin, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• January 2004 Laurea in Political Science (110/110 cum laude), University of Catania. Thesis: The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice of the European Union.

Summer schools and trainings:
• 14-19 October 2019. Transmitting Science, Crete: “Introduction to generalized linear modelling and mixed models using R”
• 6-10 August 2018. ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, Central European University, Budapest. Course attended: Intermediate R. Capacities for Analysis and Visualisation
• 26-28 July 2018. ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, Central European University, Budapest. Course attended: R Basics
• 3-15 August 2009. ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. Course attended: Multivariate Statistical Analysis and Comparative Cross-National Survey Data
• 19 July–4 August 2007. ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. Courses attended: Introduction to R; Network Analysis
• July 2006. 1st European Summer School in Public Policy Analysis (ESSPA), organised by the Standing Group on “Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis” of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

RESEARCH STAYS
• October 2010–December 2010. Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)
• October–November 2008. Visiting Researcher, Department of International Public Law, University of Zaragoza (Spain)
• October 2006–February 2007. Visiting Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
• March–July 2006. Erasmus PhD student, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Département des Sciences Politiques et Sociales (POLS) – Centre de Politique Comparée.
• October–December 2005. Visiting PhD Student at the European University Institute (Florence). Attendance at seminars held by Prof. Martin Rhodes for the course of “European Integration and Public Policy Analysis: A Political, Institutional, and Constitutional Analysis”.

TEACHING
Course Holder:
2019 – . University of Catania
• Political Communication (BA in Politics and International Relations)
• Political Science Research Design and Methods (MA in Data Science for Management)

2012 - 2016. University of Malta, Institute for European Studies:
Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the EU
• BA: Italian Political System, Political Parties and Party Systems, Comparative Federalism and the European Union, Research Methods (coordinator)
• MA, PhD: Theories and Issues in Political Science.

2011-2012. University of Malta, Institute for European Studies:
• BA: Federalism in Europe; External Relations of the European Union; Euro-Mediterranean Relations.

2010-2011. University of Catania, Faculty of Political Sciences:
• BA: Italian Political System.

2008-2009. University of Catania, Faculty of Political Sciences:
• PhD: The Politics of International Migration.

RESEARCH PROJECTS
Current
• Co-director, the Italian Agendas Project (http://italianpolicyagendas.weebly.com/)
• Member, the EU Agendas Project (http://www.policyagendas.eu/)
• Core leadership member, COST Action International Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities' Survey Data Network, CA16111. Coordinator: Prof Laura Morales, Sciences-Po Paris.
• Steering Committee Member, European Asylum Support Office (EASO – EU Asylum Agency) project Surveys to Understand Asylum-Related Migration (SAM)
• Advisory Board Member, H2020 project Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy (QuantMig). Coordinator: Prof Jakub Bijak, University of Southampton
• PI for Malta, COST Action Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science (Proseps), CA15207. Coordinator: Prof Giliberto Capano, University of Bologna

Past
• Member of the Research Team of the Project Apoio e Oposição à Imigração em Portugal numa Perspectiva Comparada (Support and Opposition to Immigration in Portugal in a Comparative Perspective), funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation. Coordinator: Dr Joao Carvalho, CIES/ISCTE, Lisbon University Institute.
• Advisor to the project Public Preferences and Policy Decision-Making. A Comparative and Longitudinal Analysis, supported by the Portuguese Science Foundation. Coordinator: Prof. Ana Belchior of the ISCTE-CIES Lisbon.
• Country Expert for the project ResponsiveGov (www.responsivegov.eu), funded by the European Science Foundation. Coordinator: Prof Laura Morales, University of Leicester.
• Coordinator of The Europeanisation of the Maltese Parliament. Part of a broader comparative project on The Europeanisation of Domestic Legislatures, coordinated by Thomas Koenig and Lars Maeder, University of Mannheim. First project meeting held within the Research Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research at the European University Institute, Fiesole (Florence), 19-22 June 2012.
• Member of the project Agenda-Setting in Italy. A project supported by the Italian Science Foundation as a “Project of Significant National Interest” (PRIN: Progetti di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale), involving the universities of Bologna (coordinating unit), Milan and Siena.
• June 2012–August 2015. Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-setting in the European Union. A three-year (2013-2015) project financed by the European Commission (€21,000).
• August 2009–April 2010. Director of the project Italian Party Agendas. Selection and direction of a coding team made of 50 undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Catania.
• January –December 2010. Co-director of the coding project European Council Agenda. Selection and direction of a coding team made of 10 undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Catania, working jointly with a similar coding team directed by prof. Arco Timmermans at the University of Leiden.
• 2008–2010. Member of Intermigra Project, directed by Prof. Angel Chueca, University of Zaragoza
• 2007–2009. Member of the research unit “The government in the legislative arena: commitments, actions, and strategies” under the scientific coordination of prof. Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena), within the national research project “PRIN” “I luoghi del legislativo, i luoghi delle politiche. Giochi, veti, reti nell’Italia dell’alternanza”, coordinated by prof. Marco Giuliani (University of Milan)
• November 2007–January 2008. Research Assistant to the Prin (Programma di Ricerca di rilevante Interesse Nazionale) Project “Quale ruolo per le assemblee rappresentative? Parlamenti nazionali e consigli regionali fra processo legislativo ed esigenze di controllo”, under the direction of Prof. Giliberto Capano (University of Bologna at Forlì)

DATA COLLECTION PROJECTS
• 2015. Dataset of Malta’s historical budget, coded by policy content. Time span: 1779-2010.
• 2012-2013. Dataset of Malta’s political agendas, coded by policy content:
Legislative Acts (1995-2012, 432 Acts, completed June 2012)
Bills (2002-2012, 291 Bills, completed April 2013)
Parliamentary Questions (2004-2012, 834 Questions, completed June 2013)
Budget (in progress, 1995-2010 period completed in August 2013).
• 2010-2013. Dataset of European Council Conclusions, coded by policy content, at the quasi-sentence level, based on the Comparative Agendas Project Codebook. Time span: 1975-2010; N= 42.000
• 2009–2010. Dataset of Italian party manifestos, coded by policy content, at the quasi-sentence level, based on the Comparative Agendas Project Codebook. Time span: 1987-2007; N= 46.000
• 2006–2008 (2011). Dataset of all EU policy documents on migration-related matters, coded by policy content based on a reworked version of the Comparative Agendas Project Codebook. Time span: 1975-2007; N= 930
Extended and recoded in 2011. Time span: 1975-2010; N=1.425

REVIEWER
European Union Politics, French Politics, Interdisciplinary Political Studies, Italian Political Science Review, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Journal of Public Policy, Policy Studies Journal, Political and Military Sociology; Chapman and Hall; COST Action, Flanders Research Foundation (FWO), Dutch Research Council (NWO).


PUBLICATIONS
Books and special issues:
• Enrico Borghetto, Marcello Carammia and Federico Russo (2018) Policy agendas in Italy. Special issue of the Italian Political Science Review, 48, 3 (2018).

Articles and book chapters:
• Melachrinos, Constantinos, Marcello Carammia, and Teddy Wilkin (2020) “Using Big Data to Estimate Migration Push Factors from Africa”. In International Organization for Migration, Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean. Trends, Risks, Development and Governance. Geneva: International Organization for Migration, pp. 98–116.
• Enrico Borghetto, Marcello Carammia and Maria Sousa Galito (2019) “A Agenda do Conselho Europeu face às Crises”. in Camisão, Isabel and Ana Paula Brandão (eds) O Estado da Uniao Europeia. Da(s) Crises à Mudança, Lisbon: Petrony, pp. 23-42.
• Enrico Borghetto, Marcello Carammia and Federico Russo (2019) “The Italian Agendas Project”, in Frank Baumgartner, Christian Breunig, Emiliano Grossman (eds.), Comparative Policy Agendas. Theory, Tools, Data, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 120-128.
• Marcello Carammia and Roderick Pace (2019) “Malta: Unstoppable Labour?”, in Lorenzo De Sio, Mark N. Franklin, Luana Russo (eds.), The European Parliament Elections of 2019, Rome: Luiss University Press, pp. 199-205.
• Enrico Borghetto, Marcello Carammia and Federico Russo) (2018) “Policy Agendas in Italy. Introduction to the Special Issue”. In Italian Political Science Review, 48, 3: 265-274.
• Marcello Carammia, Enrico Borghetto and Shaun Bevan (2018) “Changing the Transmission Belt. The Programme-to-Policy Link in Italy between the First and Second Republic”. Italian Political Science Review, 48, 3: 275-288.
• Marcello Carammia and Jean-Christophe Dumont (2018) “Can We Anticipate Future Migration Flows?”. OECD – Migration Policy Debates, 2018.
• Frank Baumgartner, Marcello Carammia, Derek Epp, Ben Noble, Beatriz Rey, Tevfik Murat Yildirim (2017) “Budgetary Change in Authoritarian and Democratic Regimes” in Journal of European Public Policy, 24, 6: 792-808.
• Petya Alexandrova and Marcello Carammia (2017) “Agenda Setting in the European Union” in Nikolaos Zahariadis and Laurie Buonanno (eds.) Handbook of European Public Policy, London: Routledge.
• Petya Alexandrova and Marcello Carammia (2016) “Configuración de la Agenda en la Unión Europea”, in Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto, 55, 33-59.
• Marcello Carammia, Sebastiaan Princen and Arco Timmermans (2016) “From Summitry to EU Government. An Agenda-Formation Perspective on the European Council”. in Journal of Common Market Studies, 54, 4, 809-825.
• Marcello Carammia and Roderick Pace (2015) “Malta” In Jean Michel De Waele, Nathalie Brack, and Jean‐Benoit Pilet (eds), Les Democraties Europeennes, Paris: Armand Colin
• Marcello Carammia and Roderick Pace (2015) “The Anatomy of a Misfit. The 2014 European Parliament Election in Malta”. in South European Society and Politics, 20, 3: 425-444. Special issue on The 2014 European Elections in Southern Europe: Second Order or Critical Elections? edited by Hermann Schmitt and Eftichia Teperoglou.
• Enrico Borghetto and Marcello Carammia (2015) “Party priorities, government formation and the making of the executive agenda” in Nicolò Conti and Francesco Marangoni (eds) The Challenge of Coalition Government: The Italian case. Abingdon: Routledge, 36-57.
• Marcello Carammia and Roderick Pace (2014) “Malta: Hidden Change?” In Lorenzo De Sio, Vincenzo Emanuele and Nicola Maggini (eds.) The European Parliament Elections of 2014. Rome: CISE – Centro Italiano di Studi Elettorali, 215-222.
• Marcello Carammia and Roderick Pace (2014) “Malta: mutamento sottotraccia?” In Lorenzo De Sio, Vincenzo Emanuele and Nicola Maggini (eds.) Le elezioni europee 2014. Rome: CISE – Centro Italiano di Studi Elettorali, 251-258.
• Enrico Borghetto, Marcello Carammia and Francesco Zucchini (2014) “The impact of government party policy priorities on Italian law-making from the First to the Second Republic (1987-2006)” in Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Stefaan Walgrave (eds) Agenda Setting, Policies, and Political Systems. A Comparative Approach. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 164-182
• Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia, Sebastiaan Princen and Arco Timmermans (2014) “Measuring the European Council agenda: Introducing a new approach and dataset”. European Union Politics, 15, 1: 152–167.
• Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia and Arco Timmermans (2014) “EU High-Politics: The Policy Agenda of the European Council (1975-2010)”. in Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer and François Foret, (eds) The European Council and European Governance. The Commanding Heights of the EU. London: Routledge, p. 53-72.
• Marcello Carammia, Petya Alexandrova, Sebastiaan Princen and Arco Timmermans (2012) “Analyzing the Policy Agenda of the European Council”. in Perspectives on Europe, 42, 2: 41-46.
• Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia and Arco Timmermans (2012) “Policy Punctuations and Issue Diversity on the European Council Agenda”. Policy Studies Journal, 40:1: 69-88. Special issue on Punctuated Equilibrium Theory edited by Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones.
• Marcello Carammia (2010) “What do We Read? Italian Political Scientists and Academic Journals”. Italian Political Science, 5 (Autumn 2010): 11-32
• Enrico Borghetto and Marcello Carammia (2019) “L’analisi comparata delle agende politiche: il Comparative Agendas Project”. Rivista italiana di Scienza Politica, XL, 2: 301-316.
• Stefania Panebianco and Marcello Carammia (2009) “The EU as a Selective Migration Controller? Political Discourse, Migration Flows, and Regional Cooperation in the Mediterranean”, in Chueca, A., Gutiérrez, V.A., Blazquez, I. (eds.), Migraciones internacionales en el Mediterráneo y Unión Europea: un reto. Barcelona: Huygens, pp. 73-102.
• Marcello Carammia and Fabio Garcia Lupato (2008) “La política de inmigración en Italia y España. ¿Cómo cambian las propuestas de los partidos políticos? Una exploración del caso italiano y español”, in Revista de Derecho Migratorio y Extranjeria, 19: 85-305.

FORTHCOMING
• Marcello Carammia and Roderick Pace “Malta. Party Politics in a Small Island State”. in Fernando Casal Bertoa and Patrick Dumont (eds) Party Politics in Micro-states. London: Routledge.


UNDER REVIEW
• J Napierała, J Hilton, J J Forster, Marcello Carammia, J Bijak, “Towards an early warning system for monitoring asylum-related migration flows in Europe”, under review at International Migration Review.
• Marcello Carammia, Stefano Iacus and Teddy Wilkin, “Forecasting asylum applications in the European Union with machine learning and data at scale”.
• Fulvio Attinà, Marcello Carammia, Stefano Iacus, “Forecasting change in conflict fatalities with adaptive elastic net”.

IN PROGRESS
Papers/articles:
• Questioning migration. Parliamentary questions and the migration agenda of the Members of the European Parliament
• The impact of European Capital of Culture Programmes on the European Identity of the host society. An impact assessment study on the Valletta 2018 project. (with Marie Briguglio)


CONFERENCE PAPERS
• Conflict Early Warning and Monthly Fatalities Forecasting with Data at Scale and Adaptive Elastic Net (with Fulvio Attinà and Stefano Iacus). Paper presented at the ViEWS Workshop on “Forecasting Changes in Monthly Fatalities in Armed Conflict”, Uppsala University (online), 8-9 October 2020.
• Attention, events, and migration. A model for early warning of asylum-related migration to the EU based on big data (with Stefano Iacus). Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project, Free University of Amsterdam, 4-6 July 2018
• Continuity and Change in a Small Island State. Government Formation and Minister Profile in Malta. (With George Vital Zammit). General conference of the Italian Political Science Association, panel on “Government Formation in Changing Times. Beyond Partisanship”. Urbino, 14-16 September 2017
• Setting the agenda of EU migration policy. Institutional change, agenda-setting modes, and policy priorities. Paper presented at the 5th 2015 ECPR Research Sessions, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 30 June-3 July 2015.
• Policy Gaps. Exploring the Mismatch between Electoral Priorities and Policy Outputs. (with Enrico Borghetto and Federico Russo). Paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project, ISCTE & Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal, June 22-24, 2015.
• Budgeting in Authoritarian and Democratic Regimes. (with Frank R. Baumgartner, Petra Bishtawi, Derek A. Epp, Ben Noble, Beatriz Rey, and Tevfik Murat Yildirim). Paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project, ISCTE & Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal, June 22-24, 2015.
• Sharing Responsibility for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. A Protective Capacity Index with Application to European Union Member States. (with Petra Bishtawi). Paper presented at the 3rd ReShape Annual Workshop, University of Catania, 11-12 June 2015.
• Structural and contextual determinants of Malta’s two-party system. (With Roderick Pace). Paper presented at the workshop on Party Politics in Micro-States, organised by the University of Malta in cooperation with the University of Nottingham, Valletta, 13-14 April 2015.
• Political Parties and the Politicisation of Migration in Italy, 1994-2008. (With Ornella Urso). Paper presented at the 7th ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) General Conference, Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014.
• Agenda-Setting Dynamics in EU Migration Policy. Paper presented at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists, panel on ‘Migration Policy in Multilevel Agenda-Setting’. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25-27 June 2013
• Also presented at the 6th ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) General Conference, Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013
• The Influence of Coalition Parties on Governments’ Policy Agendas in Italy between the First and Second Republic. (With Enrico Borghetto). Paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project, University of Antwerp, Belgium, June 27-29, 2013
• Also presented at the 6th ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) General Conference, Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013
• And at the 27th SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica/Italian Political Science Association) conference, Florence, 12-14 September 2013
• Changing the Transmission Belt: The Programme-to-Policy Link in Italy between the First and Second Republic. (With Shaun Bevan and Enrico Borghetto). Paper presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project, Reims Sciences-Po Campus, France, June 14-16, 2012
• Also presented at the 26th SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica/Italian Political Science Association) conference, panel on “Organizzazione e performance del governo italiano”. Rome, 13-15 September 2012
• Institutional and Agenda Change in EU Immigration Policy. Revisiting the Venue-Shopping Hypothesis. Paper presented at the 19th International Conference of Europeanists, panel on ‘Agenda-setting and the European Union’. Boston, MA, 22-24 March 2012
• Serial and Parallel Processing in the European Council Agenda (with Sebastiaan Princen and Arco Timmermans). Paper presented at the 6th ECPR General Conference, panel on ‘Agenda-setting and the European Union’. Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011
• Just Empty words? Issue Competition in Italy between Rhetoric and Legislative Behaviour. (with Elisabetta De Giorgi). Paper presented at the 6th ECPR General Conference, panel on ‘Parties and Issue Competition’. Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011.
• Also presented at the 25th SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica/Italian Political Science Association) conference, panel on “L’Analisi Comparata delle Agende Politiche”. Palermo, 8-10 September 2011
• Policy Punctuations and Issue Diversity on the European Council Agenda. (with Petya Alexandrova and Arco Timmermans). Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project. Catania, 23-25 June 2011
• EU High-Politics: The Policy Agenda of the European Council (1975-2010). (with Petya Alexandrova and Arco Timmermans). Paper presented at the conference “The Commanding Heights of the European Union. The European Council: Institution, Actors, Resources” organised by the CEVIPOL-Université Libre de Bruxelles. Brussels, 10-11 March 2011
• The impact of government party policy priorities on Italian law-making from the First to the Second Republic (1987-2006). (with Enrico Borghetto and Francesco Zucchini). Paper presented at the workshop “Political Parties and Comparative Policy Agendas: an ESF Workshop on Political Parties and their Positions, and Policy Agendas”. Manchester, 20-21 May 2010
• Also presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project, University of Washington at Seattle, 17-19 June 2010
• And at the 24th SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica/Italian Political Science Association) conference. Venice, 16-18 September 2010
• What’s for Sale? The Venue-Shopping Explanation Revisited. An analysis of the Immigration Policy Agendas of EU Institutions. Paper presented at the 5th ECPR General Conference, panel on ‘Agenda-setting in the European Union’. Potsdam, 10-12 September 2009
• What Advocacy Coalition in the EU? The Determinants of Coalition Behaviour in EU Immigration Policy-Making. Paper presented at the 59th Political Studies Association Annual Conference “Challenges for Democracy in a Global Era”. Manchester, 7-9 April 2009
• The EU as a migration-controller in the Mediterranean?. Paper presented at the Conference “Migraciones en el Mediterràneo y la Uniòn Europea: un reto” organised by the University of Cordoba. Cordoba, 5-7 November 2008
• Immigration Policies in Italy and Spain: How do Party Policy Positions Change?. Paper presented at the International Seminar on “Europa y Mediterràneo: Polìtica Migratoria, Seguridad y Defensa” organised by the University of Zaragoza. Zaragoza, 5 May 2008
• Shaping a Common Immigration Policy in the EU. Theoretical Underpinnings in the Analysis of the EU Policy Process. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) First Graduate Conference. Colchester, 7-9 September 2007
• The Politics of Immigration between Public and Parties in Europe: In Search of a Driving Factor. A Comparative Analysis of Britain, Germany, France, and Italy. Paper presented at the III Conference of the Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP). Lisbon, 30-31 March 2006

CONFERENCE ORGANISATION
• Panel on “Agenda dynamics in Italy: Exploring the interactions between parties, parliament and government” at the 30th Conference of the Italian Political Science Association, University of Milan, 15-17 September 2016. Panel Chair with Federico Russo.
• Section on “Policy-Making in the European Union” at the SGEU- ECPR 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, hosted by the University of Trento, 16-18 June 2016. Section chair with Sebastiaan Princen.
• Panel on “Agenda-Setting and the European Union” at the 2013 General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, hosted by Sciences-Po Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013. Panel chair with Petya Alexandrova.
• Panel on “Migration Policy in Multilevel Agenda-Setting” at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam, 25-27 June 2013. Panel chair.
• Fifth General Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project. Sciences-Po Paris (Campus Reims), 14-16 June 2012. Organising Committee with Emiliano Grossman (Sciences-Po Paris – conference chair) and Christoffer Green-Pedersen (University of Aarhus).
• Fourth General Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project. University of Catania, 23-25 June 2011. Conference chair.
• Panel on “L’Analisi Comparata delle Agende Politiche” at the 25th SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica/Italian Political Science Association) conference. Palermo, 8-10 September 2011. Panel chair with Enrico Borghetto.
• Panel on “Policy-Making and Agenda-Setting in Italy” at the 23rd SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica/Italian Political Science Association) conference. Rome, 17-19 September 2009. Panel chair with Enrico Borghetto.
• Panel on “Immigration Policy in the European Union”, the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) First Graduate Conference. Colchester, 7-9 September 2007. Panel chair.

INVITED TALKS AND SEMINARS
• The situation of international protection in the EU, four years after the “crisis”. Invited seminar, XV Migration Summer School of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, 26 June 2019
• Asylum seeking in the European Union. Trends, Drivers, Processes. Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, 6 May 2018
• Asylum-related flows to the EU and EASO research. Invited seminar, XIII Migration Summer School of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, 3 July 2017
• Can we forecast migration? Invited seminar, Istitut Barcelona de d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), University of Barcelona, 8 May 2017
• The push and pull factors of forced migration. Invited seminar, Crash Course su Managing Crises at EU Med Borders , Jean Monnet Chair EU MEDiterranean border crises and European External Action (EUMedEA), Università di Catania, 7 July 2016.
• Developing a model for the analysis of asylum-related migration. Invited seminar, Jean Blondel Tuesday Seminars in Political science. Centre for the Study of Political Change (Circap), Università di Siena, 8 March 2016.
• Dinamiche di formazione dell’agenda e cambiamento politico in Italia tra prima e seconda repubblica. Invited seminar, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Università di Bologna, 28 May 2015.
• The EU Immigration Policy Agendas. Round Table of the Heads of Networks meeting of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Center for European and International Affairs, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, 9 November 2012
• The Empirical Analysis of Policy Agendas: The Comparative Agendas Project, CIES-IUL, Lisbon, 23 February 2012
• Coding Policy Agendas: Techniques and Codebooks of the Comparative Agendas Project, CIES-IUL, Lisbon, 24 February 2012
• European Union and Migration. Internal Processes and External Action, seminars delivered within the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) Summer School on European Policies and Economic Transition in the Mediterranean Basin, Catania, 12-16 July 2009
• EU Justice and Home Affairs and Immigration Policy. Seminar of the Centre for European Governance of the University of Exeter. Exeter, 20 February 2007

LANGUAGES
Italian (mother tongue); English (fluent); French, Portuguese, Spanish (good)

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