Francesca Romana Ammaturo

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Francesca Romana Ammaturo is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights at the University of Roehampton, focusing on the study of LGBTQI+ rights and social movements in Europe.
She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Goldsmiths, obtained in 2015 and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). For her Ph.D. she has conducted fieldwork at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. Francesca Romana has a a background in International Relations and has studied at UCLA, Sciences Po Lille and the University of Bologna. 

Francesca Romana’s works is interdisciplinary, versatile and with a strong critical edge. She is interested in Queer Theory, Feminist Theory and Intersectionality, Postcolonial Theory, Social Movements Theory, as well as Critical Legal Studies and Queer and Feminist International Relations Theory. 

With her work, she has been contributing to the field of LGBTQI+ studies in Europe by writing on a range of issues, such as the construction of LGBTQI+ rights at the Council of Europe, the right to marry for same-sex couples, intersexuality, children’s rights in relation to gender and sexuality, homonationalist sexual citizenship in Europe, debates on “gestational surrogacy” in Italy, as well as  a visual ethnography on Pride Parades in Italy and the UK, and a study of rural queer activism in Salento, South-East Italy. 

In 2016, she has published a monograph for Palgrave titled "European Sexual CItizenship: Human Rights, Bodies, and Identities" and her articles have been published for several peer-reviewed sociology and human rights journals. Francesca Romana is Member to the Associate Board of Sociology, the official journal of the British Sociological Association. 

She has worked as the National Convener for the Erasmus Mundus MA Human Rights, Policy and Practice and she has also served as the Convener of the MA Human Rights and International Relations at the University of Roehampton. 

Francesca Romana fluently speaks Italian (first language), English and French, as well as having a good knowledge of Spanish and German, and a basic knowledge of Russian.


2015 - Ph.D. Sociology (Goldsmiths, University of London)

2013 - PGCert in the Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Goldsmiths, University of London)

2011 - MA Social Research (Goldsmiths, University of London)

2009 - MA International Relations (University of Bologna, Italy)

2007 - BA International Relations (University of Bologna, Italy)

Research interests

Francesca Romana is interested in research concerning the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, particularly in the European context. At the same time, she carries out research on LGBTI social activism across different national contexts (Western / Eastern Europe), as well as working on the intersections between the concepts of "European Citizenship" and "European Sexual Citizenship".

Research projects

2014 - Independent Researcher at "City and Hackney Mind"

Project: "Barriers to Health and Social Care Services for LGBT Communities in Hackney" Funded by Healthwatch UK

2010 - Visiting Scholar, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

Project: "Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity"



Francesca Romana is interested in teaching in the areas of citizenship studies, sexuality and gender studies, human rights in Europe and social research methods.


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