Name: María Grazia Montella

Host Institution: MIGRINTER. Université de Poitier

Profile: Maria Grazia Montella, 22 March 1986, is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the Integrim Initial Training Network at Migrinter Lab in Poitiers. She completed a bachelor degree in International Relations with a specialization on African Studies at the University Orientale of Naples, Italy as well as a 2 year master in Cultural Anthropology at Sapienza University of Rome.  At present she is carrying out a PhD in Urban Planning at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Sapienza University of Rome. Her research interests converged around the presence and the agency of migrants in the urban context in European cities (Rome, Naples, Amsterdam, Brussels); the role of NGO’s and international organizations (e.g.UN) in the upgrading programs of the urban outskirts both in Italy and in Kenya (Rome, Nairobi, Lake Victoria Region); the intertwining of the planning and anthropological approaches on migration in the urban context . During her PhD she’s analysing the role of multicultural planning practices and policies in enhancing the integration of both residents and migrants in the contemporary city. In particular she drew the attention on urban multi-ethnic markets in Rome and Amsterdam as places where informal and insurgent practices of a new kind of citizenship are mostly visible. Besides the academic path, she worked for several organizations in Italy involved in migrations and refugees issues like the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) , Popica Onlus (Roma people issue)  where she was appointed for the coordination of a literacy teaching project.  She attended a High Learning Course on MDGs and the related reality studio in collaboration with UN-HABITAT in the Nyanza Region in Kenya where she was requested to do, together with an interdisciplinary team, an analysis of a water and sanitation project and its relations with the community building issues.

         Conference Presentations:

  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: Colloque des 30ans de Migrinter. TITLE: “The challenge of visibility in multicultural urban urgencies”. DATE and PLACE: 21-24 June 2016. Poitiers, FR
  • CONFERENCE/ EVENT: INTEGRIM-SCRIBANI Conference. TITLE:Visible’s spaces, migrant practices and the role of planning policies. A case study from Rome”. DATE and PLACE: 6th-8th July 2016, Bilbao, ES

         Thesis Presentation:

  • “Multicultural planning and integration. Multiethnic markets as new heterotopias”. Awarded a PhD in Pianificazione Design e Tecnologia dell’Architettura, at the University of Sapienza. Presented on the 28th November 2016.