MC Researchers

Name: Iulius-Cezar Macarie

Host institution: Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Budapest

Profile: Iulius-Cezar Macarie is an INTEGRIM Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher affiliated with the Centre for Policy Studies, CEU. In 2013, he commenced his PhD with the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology,  Central European University. Macarie’s PhD thesis investigates who is up at night, why and for what purpose. The central theme of solidarity against competition amongst migrant night workers provides the conceptual framework for this in-depth comparative research to investigate these two communities living and working the nightshift in London. His proposed PhD research seeks to explore if an anthropologically informed qualitative inquiry could reveal differences and similarities amongst Romanian and Turkish night workers’ access to a decent human life in global cities like London with an acute need for migrant labour to maintain its 24-hour economy.Macarie is the co-director of the award winning documentary on the Invisible Lives of Romanian Night Workers in London (Production: UK, June 2013), prized with the 2013 Roundtable Projects by the Romanian Cultural Centre/Ratiu Family Foundation. His previous research in the ‘Seven Sisters Case Study’ (Funded by the Junior Research Forum Grant | European Institute | UCL) has been awarded by HE Dr Ion Jinga, the Romanian Ambassador in the UK and Northern Ireland with the ‘Ambassador’s Diploma’ for its special contribution to the promotion of the integration of the Romanian Community in the UK.His most recent publication, Half-in, Half-out: Roma and Non-Roma Romanians with Limited Rights Working and Travelling in the European Union (2014) is now available online at  INTEGRIM working papers. For his other academic publications, see or his blog for Snapshotsfrom… exploring nightwork | migrants | precariat. He is active on social media and contributes to the research blog NightlaboratoryFollow Macarie on Twitter @snapshotsfrom.
Name: Tina Magazzini

Host institution: Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto

Profile: Born on July 21, 1984 to an American mother and Italian father, living in different countries within and outside Europe, much of Tina’s personal interests, academic passion and intellectual curiosity have revolved around international studies, immigration policies, foreign languages and cultures. She received her BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Florence, Italy, and her MA in International Relations from the City College of New York with a thesis on the re-conceptualization of the right to self-determination in international law.She has worked with a number of NGOs, non profits and the European Commission in the areas of nuclear disarmament, education reform, community development, Roma inclusion, indigenous and minority rights in Portugal, Italy, the US, Guatemala, Belgium and Hungary.Her interests revolve around the concepts of citizenship, social inclusion of minorities and public sphere in the European Union; ethnic and identity cleavages; sovereignty and substantial representation; political inequality; regime transition and the quality of democracy; environmental politics; the politics of self-determination and non territorial autonomy. Tina is currently a PhD candidate and Marie Curie researcher on the topic of identity and cultural integration in Europe (with a focus on Roma communities) in the framework of the 7FP INTEGRIM project “Integration and international migration: pathways and integration policies.”

Name: Agnese Lace
Host Institution: Koç University ( MiReKoç)
Profile: Agnese’s migration path started at the age of 17, boarding an airplane for the first time in Riga, Latvia, to spend a year abroad in the U.S. There she developed an interest in political science and international relations that she later pursued at the University of Latvia, receiving a B.Sc. and M.Sc in political science, spending a semester at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Migration was the focus of her research already during these studies, and an EC scholarship for a European Joint Master Program “International Migration and Social Cohesion” allowed her to pursue migration studies further, studying migration while migrating. In the framework of this program, Agnese studied at the University of Amsterdam, University of Deusto and University of Osnabrueck. Besides her academic career path, Agnese has also worked for several governmental institutions of Latvia, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and deepened her knowledge in the field of minority protection at the Office of OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in the Hague, the Netherlands. Agnese’s research interests – diaspora, national minorities and dual citizenship – are also the core concepts of her PhD research at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey in the framework of INTEGRIM Initial Training Network as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher.


Name: Reinhard Schweitzer

Host Institution: Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex

Profile: Reinhard Schweitzer studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Innsbruck, spending extensive study and research periods in Santiago de Chile and San José, Costa Rica. After a one-year traineeship at the Austrian Foreign Ministry and collaborations in a number of NGOs, he recently completed an MA in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex, where he is now pursuing his PhD as a Marie Curie Research Fellow.His research interest centres on the interplay between migration policies and policy-making on the one hand, and international migrants’ own perceptions, strategies and behaviours on the other, as well as the structural inequalities underlying both. For his PhD he will analyse every-day processes of socio-economic integration among irregular migrants in Spain and the UK, in order to better understand and compare the specific opportunities and constraints faced by different groups in different local settings.

Name: Amandine Desille

Host Institution: MIGRINTER. Université de Poitier

Profile: During my Masters, I carried out a research on rural development in China, under the auspices of the International Labor Organization (ILO). In parallel, I did my Master’s field research on the links and gaps between NGO services for Chinese migrants and the migrants’ needs. After I completed my studies, I started working in the Weitz Center for Development Studies as an academic coordinator. I was in charge of designing professional training programs on local and territorial economic development for developing countries’ executives. Apart from academic coordination, I also taught different modules related to poverty eradication, local governments’ role in local economic development, project formulation and management and grant writing. Finally, I identified, designed and promoted cooperation projects with our network of alumni. In parallel, I have engaged in research work. I realized a six-month research on the linkages between State and Civil Society integration services for young Latin American immigrants in Israel for the Hebrew Aid Society. Since August 2012, I worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Immigration and Social Integration in Ruppin, Israel on the socio-economic integration of French new immigrants who use French language in their everyday work in Israel. I realized semi-direct interviews with entrepreneurs and employees in this sector.


Name: Davide Gnes

Host Institution: Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Profile: Davide Gnes is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network and a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). His research focuses on comparative urban political mobilization of migrants on issues of social and economic rights. His main research interests relate to: a) migrant political participation and social mobilization; b) citizenship, rights and social protection; c) social capital and social networks. Davide completed a Masters’ Degree in Postcolonial Studies and International Relations (cum laude) at the University of Pavia, Italy as well as a 2-year Research Master in International Migration and Social Cohesion (MISOCO) between Amsterdam, Bilbao, Lima and Riga. His latest Masters’ thesis, a multi-sited study of the Peruvian migrant community between Italy and Peru, looked at the way in which social protection safety nets are informally arranged by migrants, both at the local and transnational level, by means of dynamic social capital. Prior to his current position, Davide worked for a number of NGOs and nonprofit organizations in Jordan, Spain and Denmark on issues relating to migrants’ and refugees’ rights and international development. Through the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), he has been recently involved in supporting capacity-building of North African civil society organizations on migration and asylum issues, as well as in conducting research on transit migration in the Maghreb region.

Name: Franz Gustav Buhr

Host Institution: Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Territorio. Universidade de Lisboa.

Profile: Franz Buhr started his academic track as an undergraduate student in international relations attending both the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and SciencesPo Paris. As an Erasmus Mundus master’s student, he developed a research project on the spatiality of immigrants’ home-making practices at three European universities: University of Amsterdam, University of Deusto (Spain), and University College Dublin. Currently a PhD student at IGOT-ULisboa and Marie Curie researcher within the framework of the INTEGRIM programme, Franz is working under the Work Package 4 – Urban integration, residential patterns and mobility. His research lies at the intersection between migration and urban studies and addresses the problem of integration as a product of the use of the city space.

Name: Shannon Damery

Host Institution: CEDEM, University of Liege

Profile: Shannon earned her M.A. in Anthropology through a European partnership program: CREOLE: Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes. She studied at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Vienna, and she conducted research at two sites in Austria: a Caritas refugee integration facility and the Vienna Youth and Family Offices. Her research focused on the agency of young people in sheltered housing and the connections they created with multiple homes, both real and imagined. After receiving her Master’s degree, Shannon returned to the U.S. and worked as the residential director of a nonprofit organization that provides homes and educational support for “at risk youth.” Now, as part of the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network and a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at CEDEM, Shannon will continue working with displaced young people. Her PhD research will focus on young immigrants’ integration into Belgian society and their connections to their homelands through art and the creation of sensory environments.

INTEGRIM Researchers participated in the First Annual Conference held in Amsterdam: 12 and 13th December 2013

(From left to right: Franz Buhr, Shannon Damery, Reinhard Schweitzer, Cezar Macarie, Amandine desille, Tina Magazzini, Agnese Lace, Davide Gnes, Lucinda Fonseca and Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez )


Name: Bjarney Friðriksdóttir

Host institution: Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto

Profile: Bjarney is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Migration Law of Radboud University in Nijmegen and is conducting research on European Union law and policy on labour migration from the perspectives of theories and discourses on managed migration and human rights. Bjarney´s fields of expertise and interest are human rights and migration in all its forms, both voluntary and forced. Her work experience includes working as a Senior Adviser on trafficking in human beings for the Council of the Baltic Sea States. She worked with international organisations in the field for several years, as a protection officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Syria and as the international manager of United Nations Development Fund for Women Project Office in Kosovo. From 1997-2001 Bjarney was the director of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre and from 2001 – 2003 the director of the Intercultural Centre in Reykjavik. She holds a B.A. degree in Anthropology, an M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University, New York and an M.A. in Public International Law from the University of Amsterdam Law School.

Name:Kingsley Madueke

Host Institution:  Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Profile:Kingsley Madueke is from Jos, a hilly city in central Nigeria. He has a Masters in Conflict Management and Peace Studies from University of Jos, Nigeria. His research interests include terrorism and ethno-religious violence, political instability, radicalization and how these factors interrelate and impact on peoples and societies. Kingsley has witnessed unrests firsthand in Jos, a once peaceful city recently disturbed by intergroup clashes between Muslims and Christians and violent extremism in the form of suicide bombings and other kinds of attack. He has been part of a number of research projects on the security challenges in Nigeria and have written on these issues as a journalist with Radio Nigeria and a freelance for Radio Netherlands. He is currently carrying out his PhD study under the INTEGRIM programme in Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam, with focus on violent extremism/ ethnic violence in urban environments.

Name:Stefano Piemontese

Host Institution:  Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Budapest

Profile: Stefano Piemontese is affiliated with the Center for Policy Studies as a Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow in the INTEGRIM Network. He is also a Ph.D. student at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and member of the EMIGRA research group. Stefano graduated in International Political Sciences at the University of Turin (Italy) with a thesis on Italian guest workers in Wolfsburg. After moving to Germany he obtained a Master’s degree in International Migration and Intercultural Relations at the University of Osnabrück (Germany) in 2011. His thesis focused on the access to housing of Romanian Roma in Granada (Spain), where he was previously involved as a researcher in a grassroots gitano organization working with Roma migrants. In 2012 he moved to Barcelona and started collaborating with the EMIGRA research group of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in research projects related to the policies for gitanos in Spain. In 2013, as member of the Taller ACSA (Taller de Antropología y Ciencias Sociales Aplicadas), Stefano coordinated the research activities of the REdHNET project, “Romani People, Educational and Housing Policies: Key Links to Share”, and was also researcher for the WE Project “Wor(l)ds which Exclude”, both co-financed by the European Commission. Stefano’s PhD research focuses on the intersections between the housing patterns and the educational careers of Romanian Roma youngsters living in Madrid, in the largest framework of the EU policies for education, housing, and Roma. His research also addresses the issue of local and transnational participation and social mobilization of Roma migrants, as well as the conceptual and practical challenges of the policies for Roma in Europe.

Name: Georgiana Turculet
Host Institution: Koç University ( MiReKoç)
Profile:Within the field of Political Science, I specialize in the sub-field of Political Theory. As a philosopher, I am especially interested in exploring issues concerning migration and the rights of migrants from a normative perspective. My research interest attempts to bridge the gap between the realm of philosophers with those of migration scholars and policy makers.  I focus on migration, citizenship, and democracy, particularly the moral and political issues raised by the movement of people across state borders.

While a PhD candidate at the Central European University in Budapest, I have been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship, which has led me to spending one year at Koc University in Istanbul at the Migration Research Center MiReKoc as well as the Department of International Relations. Prior to my arrival at Central European University I gained professional experience working as a journalist and in the communication and press departments of the European Commission in London and the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in East Jerusalem. I have collaborated with a number of NGOs and INGOs dealing with various aspects of migration, internal displacement and refugees, and some governmental institutions, including the Italian Ministry of Education.

I received my BA and MA degrees (graduating summa cum laude) in Communications and Politics from the University of Roma Tre in Italy. Other academic affiliations financed by various sponsorships and awards include: University Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris (as a one-year Erasmus student), the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science of Columbia University (as a Visiting Scholar one year in each department), where I wrote my MA dissertation on the “Moral Psychology of Identity”; and the Center of Migration COMPAS, Oxford (almost one semester, informal visit).
Some non-academic achievements in the artistic field encompass the areas of literature, art, photography, and documentary. An autobiographical essay “Ro-mania” was selected for publication and presented in the International Literary Festival of Turin, Italy. I contributed to the project “Mairie Monde” exhibited in the renowned Centre Pompidou in Paris. Both works problematize the concept of social integration. “Borderlands: Faces of the Middle East”, a photo reportage I took in Israel, occupied Palestinian territory and Jordan was exhibited by the International Massolit Book Café in Budapest. I have participated in “18 IUS SOLI”, a documentary that examines the concept of citizenship in Italy, encouraging critical comparative analysis about immigrant rights in the United States and Europe. Screenings have been hosted since 2010 in multiple governmental institutions, international organizations, amongst the most prestigious universities in the two continents including Oxford University, in which Q&A discussion I was invited and engaged with enormous honor.

Name: Jil Ahrens
Host Institution: Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Territorio. Universidade de Lisboa.
Profile: Jill Ahrens is a PhD candidate in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and currently also a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) at the University of Lisbon. Her doctoral research focuses on the onward migration of Nigerians within the European Union for which she carried out fieldwork in Germany, the UK and Spain. Prior to that Jill worked as a researcher at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research on two projects related to international student migration, as well as the Migrations between Africa and Europe (MAFE) longitudinal survey. She has many years of experience in migrants’ rights advocacy through her involvement with several refugee community organisations. Jill has an interdisciplinary background that includes politics, economics, cultural studies and research methods – gaining an MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods and an MA in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex. She also holds an BA (Hons) in European Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Manchester.

Name: Claudia Paraschivescu

Host institution: University of Liège

Profile:Claudia Paraschivescu is a PhD student at the University of Leeds, UK, where she is funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council. Her thesis revolves around the notions of transnationalism, belonging, whiteness and daily experiences of integration and it is entitled Transnationalism as the negotiation of belonging. Romanians in London and Paris. More specifically, this research explores Romanians’ daily experiences of transnationalism in London and Paris in order to shed light on the variations and similarities between these settings.

In parallel, she is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), as part of the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network. This position enables her to explore in depth the francophone aspects of her work, which will improve the analysis of the multi-sited approach dealt with in her research project.Claudia has previously worked as an immigration consultant in London and Manchester and volunteered for various organisations for immigrants in the United Kingdom, positions which have familiarised her with immigration policies from within. She holds a BA and a Maîtrise from Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle in European Studies and a MSc in Globalisation and International Policy Analysis from the University of Bath, UK.

Name: Sahizer Samuk

Host Institution:Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex

Profile: Şahizer Samuk is a third year PhD student at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy. Currently, (starting in September 26, 2014) she is working on her PhD thesis at the University of Sussex in the framework of INTEGRIM Initial Training Network as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, being supervised by Dr Michael Collyer and Prof. Paul Statham. Her thesis is on the temporary migration policies of the UK and Canada and temporary integration from a comparative perspective. Sahizer Samuk had graduated from Bogazici University, earning her Bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations in 2006. She worked as a reporter in a documentary named “Breaking Point” on TRT and traveled to Tanzania, Uganda and Lebanon in a period of three months in 2006 and 2007. Later, she started to work with Prof. Ahmet Icduygu and wrote her thesis on “Foreigners and International Migration: The Case of Turkey in the Post-1980s”. After graduating from Koc University, having the MA degree in International Relations, she started to work at International Organization for Migration in a project on Anti-Trafficking in Persons. After one year of work, she made a second master at Luiss Guido Carli University in the area of European Studies. She wrote her thesis on “EU-Turkey Relations in the Light of Migration Policies” being supervised by Prof. Jean Louis De Brouwer.


Name: Celine Cantat

Host Institution: MIGRINTER. Université de Poitier

Profile:Céline Cantat is a final-year PhD student in Refugees Studies at the University of East London currently spending a year at Migrinter in Poitiers as an INTEGRIM researcher. Before starting her PhD, Céline had graduated with a BA in European Studies at King’s College London in 2006. In 2008, she completed an MSc degree in Globalisation and Development at SOAS. Between 2008 and 2010, Céline lived in Damascus, Syria, where she worked with Iraqi and Palestinian refugees. She has also been involved with various migrants’ rights’ organisations and networks in France and the UK.

Her PhD research is concerned with the ways in which migrant solidarity activists and organisations in the European Union (EU) have responded to the Europeanisation of border controls and immigration management. In particular, she is examining the extent to which a process of transnationalisation of migration-related struggles has taken place in Europe, by interrogating the emergence of cross-border links between groups previously working in their own national contexts, the development of pan-European networks for the defence of migrants’ rights and interests as well as the coordination of various activities and campaigns across member-states’ borders. Her research is also looking at whether and which new political identities and subjectivities have emerged from this process.

Céline’s fieldwork consisted in interviews and participant observation with migrant solidarity groups and networks in three EU member states, namely the UK, France and Italy. The fieldwork, which extended over the course of a year, aimed primarily at investigating the way in which the work of migration-related activists and organisations had evolved in response to the harmonisation of migration and asylum legislation in the EU. Besides questioning whether transnationalised practices were emerging among these groups, her fieldwork also investigated how activists from participating groups and networks related to the EU project and what form of European futures they were envisaging, both through their work and at a more personal level. Céline completed her fieldwork in 2013 and is in the writing-up stage of her PhD.

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