The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Francesco has recently joined the DPhil in International Development program after completing an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, both of them with support from the ESRC, as well as a Scatcherd European Scholarship. Prior to that, he obtained a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and an MA in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh.
His current research interests encompass the political, legal, institutional and social dimensions of European asylum and immigration policy in general, and the distribution of asylum responsibilities in particular. He is also interested in ethnographic approaches to politics, the state and mobility.