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Currently conducting a PhD research investigating representations of migrant trafficked people for the purposes of sexual exploitation and sex workers promoted by neo-abolitionist and pro-sex work decriminalisation or legalisation Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Italy and the UK since Europe’s migrant crisis (2015). It analyses CSOs’ discourses and narratives on human trafficking and sex work through an intersectional approach considering gender, race, sexuality, and migration. It explores how CSOs’ representations interconnect with their discourse and interpretation of rights including women’s rights for neo-abolitionists, and migrant’s rights, labour rights, and the human rights of sex workers for pro-sex work organisations.

It considers the role of neo-abolitionist and pro-sex work CSOs in constructing, challenging, and negotiating representations of trafficked people and sex workers. It analyses how representations and rights are interlinked as part of a cohesive discourse to reinforce ideological positions, and to lobby for legal and political changes.

It explores the link between CSO’s narratives on representations and discourses on rights investigating how they influence their work, funding, and services, and how they set up ideological and political agendas, values, positions, and lobbying activities.

Discourse analysis, visual methods, archival research, and qualitative methods to be employed.

Previously, worked in international development as bid writer for IOD PARC (M&E consulting firm); carried out an internship at the European Commission within the Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; and employed at NGO Emergency in the field operations in Italy supporting victims of human trafficking and sex workers.

Double Erasmus Mundus Master's degree in Transnational migrations from KU Leuven and University of Lille with 1-year exchange program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in Brazil conducting fieldwork research on urban sociology.

Education/Academic qualification

Social sciences, MA, Erasmus Mundus MA in Transnational migrations, KU Leuven

1 Sept 201431 Jul 2016

Award Date: 31 Jul 2016

Linguistic and cultural mediation, BA (Hons), Linguistic and cultural mediation , University of Padua

1 Oct 201131 Jul 2014

Award Date: 31 Jul 2014

External positions

Business Development Officer and Researcher, IOD PARC

8 Apr 201930 Sept 2022

Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Policies Intern, European Commission

1 Mar 201831 Jul 2018

Cultural Mediation and Facilitation Officer, Emergency

1 Dec 201630 Sept 2017


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HM Sociology
  • GN Anthropology
  • PC Romance languages
  • PE English