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Funded by DG Home of the European Commission.

European University Institute, Florence (coordinator)

Anna Triandafyllidou, project coordinator

Anna_TriandafyllidouBNAnna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute. Within the GGP she coordinates the Research Area on Cultural Pluralism. She has been Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges since 2002, and is a member of the Spinelli Group. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. Her main areas of research and teaching are the governance of cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective.


Ruby Gropas

GROUPASBNRuby Gropas is Research Fellow at the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. She is also Lecturer in International Relations at Democritus University of Thrace and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. Recent publications include: European Migration: A Sourcebook, edited with Anna Triandafyllidou (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2014) and The Greek Crisis and European Modernity, edited with Anna Triandafyllidou and Hara Kouki (Palgrave Macmillan: London, 2013).


Irina Isaakyan

DSC_0139Originally from Russia, Irina Isaakyan holds the MA Degree from the University of Minnesota (2000) and PhD from the University of Edinburgh (20008). She has recently completed her Marie Curie Intra-EU Fellowship based on a multi-method and interdisciplinary study of migration trajectories and integration of American and British women in Southern Europe. She is basically interested in: nationalism and diaspora studies; immigrants’ identities and social remittances; and interpretive sociology. 


Laura Bartolini

Lauraa_BartoliniLaura Bartolini holds a MSc’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Florence and a Master in Public Policy and Social Change from the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin (Italy). She has worked for various NGOs and consultancies on development and migration issues in Italy and Spain, developing a sound knowledge of migration policies and integration and of public policy issues in times of crisis especially with regard to access to services of most vulnerable groups.

Specialized in survey designing and quantitative data analysis, she joined the European University Institute as a project assistant for GlobalStat in December 2011 and the ITHACA project in June 2014. She also collaborates with FIERI (Turin) on a World Bank’s research project on migrants’ remittance trends and financial integration and is an author at the Italian blog Quattrogatti.info.


Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid

Carmen Gonzalez Enriquez

Carmen González LTR (2)Carmen González Enríquez is Full Professor at the UNED`s Department on Political Science and Senior Analyst on Immigration at the think tank Real Instituto Elcano. She has taken part in several EC funded research projects devoted to migration issues, such as METOIKOS, CLANDESTINO, or POLITIS,  and has directed various national research projects on migration (“Immigrants and Trade Unions”, “Immigration and political parties system”, “Preventing ethnic conflict in immigrants’ neighbourhoods ”or  “Immigration in Spain-Morocco relationship”).


José Pablo Martínez

JosePabloMartinezJosé Pablo Martínez, Research Assistant on the ITHACA project at the Real Instituto Elcano, has a degree on Economics from Universidad de Murcia (2002-2008) and a master´s degree on International Economics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2011-2013). He worked in the Analysis Department of the Economic and Social Council of Spain (2009-2011), where researched in several socioeconomic fields as both national and international economics, migration, employment, environment and education.



London Metropolitan University, London

Sonia McKay

Sonia_McKay_0020 (2) (1)Sonia McKay is Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University. She heads a number of research projects, mainly focusing on discrimination, migration and collective organisation at both national and EU level. Publications include: Refugees, recent migrants and employment (ed) Routledge (2009); Undocumented Workers’ Transitions (May 2011) with Eugenia Markova and Anna Paraskevolopoulou.


Eugenia Markova

Dr Eugenia Markova is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Law, London Metropolitan University. She has an extensive research, consultancy and publication record on the economic and social aspects of labour migration. Her research has covered the UK, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain.  Some of her recent publications include: E. Markova, A. Paraskevopoulou, A. Williams, G. Shaw (2013) ‘Migrant workers in small London hotels: employment, recruitment and distribution’, European Urban and Regional Studies, iFirst, 4 December 2013; McKay, S., E. Markova and A. Paraskevopoulou (2011) Undocumented workers’ transitions – legal status, migration and work in Europe, London: Routledge.



International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Vienna


Albert Kraler

ITHACA_photo_albert kralerAlbert Kraler is a researcher and programme manager at ICMPD and has a background in Political Science and African Studies. At ICMPD, Albert has been involved in numerous comparative research projects on various aspects of migration, integration and discrimination. He currently coordinates a FP7 project on demand-side measures against trafficking (DemandAT). His research interests include irregular migration and regularisation of irregular immigrants, family related migration, migration and integration policy, and migration statistics.

His recent publications include Gender, Generations and the Family in International Migration (with E.Kofman, M.Kohli & M.Schmoll, Amsterdam University Press, 2011) and Migration und Entwicklung (with I.Ataç, M.Fanizadeh & W.Manzenreiter, Promedia, 2014)


Bernhard Perchinig 

ITHACA_Photo_perchinig_bernhardBernhard Perchinig is a political scientist with more than 20 years of research and consultancy experience in the field of migration and citizenship studies. He is a Faculty Member of the Department of Commercial Law and European Studies at the Danube University Krems and of the M.A. Program in ”Intercultural Studies” at Salzburg University. He holds a doctorate in Political Sciences from the University of Vienna (Dr. phil, 1986).

He has worked as a migration and integration expert for the Viennese City Government (1992 – 1998) and has consulted several international organizations, think-tanks and national and local governments on migration and integration issues. His main research interests are migration and integration policies of the European Union, urban and regional policies on migration, and antidiscrimination and citizenship policies.


Alexandra König

Alexandra König holds a master degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna and is currently enrolled in a master programme in Gender Studies. She has been working as a researcher at ICMPD since May 2012 in projects on family migration and labour market trajectories of ir-/regularized migrants in selected EU countries. Previously, she has worked at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, where she conducted research on the reception conditions for asylum seekers in Austria. Her main research interests are related to asylum, citizenship and rights, family migration, ir-/regularization of migrants in Europe and questions of gender in the migration context.


Jimy Perumadan

Jimy is Programme Assistant at ICMPD’s Research unit since June 2014. She holds a diploma degree in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna and a master degree in Human Rights & Democratisation at the European Inter-University Centre in Venice and Lund University (Raoul Wallenberg Institute) in Sweden. Jimy has conducted research on migrant domestic workers employed by diplomats in Austria and Sweden. She has worked in the field of human trafficking in Austria and is experienced in providing assistance and support for women and girls affected by trafficking. Furthermore she has conducted human rights observation in Iran and participated in consultations of discriminated people during her internship at the Austrian National Equality Body. Her research interests are human trafficking for labour exploitation, labour law & human rights and labour migration.

Country Experts


Geetika Bapna – Country Expert for India

Geetika_BapnaGeetika Bapna has submitted her doctoral thesis in Sociology at the University of Delhi, India. Her research interests centre around the sociology of marriage and kinship as well sociology of gender and sexuality in South Asia. Recent publications include Marriage, Language and Time: Toward an Ethnography of Nibhaana, Economic and Political Weekly (2012).


Jean Encinas-Franco – Country Expert for the Philippines

Jean_Encinas_FrancoJean Encinas-Franco is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Before entering academia, she worked for several years at the Senate of the Philippines, where she was Director of the Senate Economic Planning Office. Her dissertation explored the politics of labour out-migration in the Philippines and the discursive representation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as “modern-day heroes”. Her research interests revolve around issues of gender and migration, the politics of labour export, and migrant discourses.


Mehdi Lahlou– Country Expert for Morocco

Photos ML 8 003Mehdi Lahlou is Professor of Economics at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA-Ministry of Planning) in Rabat, Morocco. He has undertaken extensive research on Moroccan and international migration, on sustainable development (in North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries) and on water issues in North Africa countries.


Svitlana Odynets – Country Expert for Ukraine


Svitlana Odynets is Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology of the Ethnology Institute, of the National Academy of Science, Ukraine. She holds an MSc degree in Journalism from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv has undertaken post-graduate studies in the Centre for East European Studies of Warsaw University.  Over the past five years, she has worked as a researcher in different international projects on migration studies, and is the main editor of the first Ukrainian migration Platform http://migration-research.com/. Her research interests include female migration from Ukraine,  social identities and migration, long-distance parenthood, transnational migrant communities and migration discourses.


Sanda Üllen – Country Expert for Bosnia Herzegovina


Sanda Üllen holds a master degree from the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology of the University of Vienna. She has worked in different research projects on representations and perceptions of migration(s) in Austrian school textbooks; family migration and integration; Multiculturalism,

Gender Equality, Cultural Diversity and Sexual Autonomy. Currently she is Lecturer in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology and she is completing her PhD on issues of memory and belonging in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her research interests include memory, politics of belonging and identity, migration and transnational dynamics, and violence with a regional focus on the Western Balkans.