Dines, Nick

Visiting Fellow


    Tel. [+39] 055 4685 886

    Nick Dines is Research Fellow in the Cultural Pluralism research area of the Global Governance Programme. He obtained a PhD in Italian Studies from University College London and a post-doctoral diploma in Security and Citizenship Studies from Suor Orsola Benincasa University Naples. Nick has previously held posts in the Institute of Community Health Studies at Queen Mary University of London, the Department of Geography at King College London and most recently in the Department of Criminology and Sociology at Middlesex University. In addition, he has lectured in migration studies at Roma Tre University and in sociology at John Cabot University, Rome, and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Trento, Gran Sasso Institute L’Aquila and Suor Orsola Benincasa University Naples. Since 2014 he has been a member of the editorial board of the Italian journal Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa.

    Nick is currently developing new research that investigates the management of cultural diversity in the cities of Rabat, Casablanca and Cape Town. At the Robert Schuman Centre he is involved with developing Massive Open Online Courses on international migration.

    Research interests

    Comparative urbanism, postcolonial urban theory, cultural heritage, urban dimension of migration, migrant labour, cultural materialism and keyword analysis, ethnographic practice.

    Selected Publications


    • Dines, N. (2012) Tuff City: Urban change and contested space in central Naples, New York: Berghahn.
    • Dines, N. and Cattell, V. (2006) Public Space, Social Relations and Well-Being in East London,  Bristol: Policy Press.

    Special issues

    • Dines, N., Montagna, N. and Vacchelli, E. (2018) ‘Migration and Crisis in Europe’, special issue of Sociology 52 (5).
    • Dines, N. and Mattiucci, C. (2017) ‘Urban nostalgia: between reactionary and radical imaginaries’, special issue of Lo Squaderno 43.
    • Dines, N. (2016) ‘Critical ethnographies of urban heritage in the western Mediterranean region’, special issue of International Journal of Heritage Studies 22 (2).

    Journal articles

    • Dines, N. (2018) ‘Humanitarian reason and the representation and management of migrant agricultural labour.’ Theomai: Estudios Críticos sobre Sociedad y Desarrollo, 38.
    • Dines, N. (2017) ‘An irreconcilable first place: the precarious life of tourism and heritage in a southern European historic centre.’ International Journal of Heritage Studies (on-line publication: 08/06/2016).
    • Dines, N. (2016) ‘From “southern” to “ordinary”: Conceptualizing and contextualizing segregation in public space in Euro-Mediterranean cities.’ Méditerranée: Revue géographique des pays méditerranéens, 127, 103–110.
    • Dines, N. (2016) ‘Ethnographic reflections on oppositional heritage discourse in two Italian post-earthquake cities.’ International Journal of Heritage Studies 22 (2), 102–116.
    • Dines, N., Montagna, N. and Ruggiero, V. (2015) ‘Thinking Lampedusa: border creation, the spectacle of bare life and the productivity of migrants’, Ethnic and Racial Studies 38 (3), 430–445.
    • Dines, N. (2014) ‘L’eterno abietto: le classi popolari napoletane nelle rappresentazioni del Partito Comunista Italiano.’ Itinerari di Ricerca Storica 28 (2), 77–96.
    • Dines, N. (2013) ‘Bad news from an aberrant city: a critical analysis of the British press’s portrayal of organised crime and the rubbish crisis in Naples.’ Modern Italy 18 (4), 409–422.

    Book chapters

    • Rigo, E. and Dines, N. (2017) ‘Lo sfruttamento umanitario del lavoro: ipotesi di riflessione e ricerca a partire dal caso delle campagne del Mezzogiorno.’ In D. Sacchetto and S. Chignola (eds), Le Reti di valore: Migrazioni, produzione e governo della crisi, Rome: Derive Approdi, 90–107.
    • Dines, N. (2016) ‘Writing Rubbish about Naples: The global media, post-politics and a garbage crisis in an (extra)ordinary city.’ In C. Lindner and M. Meissner (eds), Global Garbage: Excess, Waste, and Abandonment in the Contemporary City, London: Routledge, 117–131.
    • Dines, N. and Rigo, E. (2015) ‘Postcolonial citizenships and the refugeeization of the workforce: migrant agricultural labour in the Italian Mezzogiorno.’ In S. Ponzanesi and G. Colpani (eds) Postcolonial transitions in Europe: Contexts, practices and politics, Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 153–174.
    • Dines, N. (2009) ‘The disputed place of ethnic diversity: an ethnography of the redevelopment of a street market in East London.’ R. Imrie, L. Lees and M. Raco (eds), Regenerating London. Governance, Sustainability and Community in a Global City, London: Routledge, 254–272.