Miss Caterina Mazzilli

Post:Doctoral Tutor (Psychology)
Other posts:Research student (Geography)
 Research Student (Sussex Centre for Migration Research, Geography)
Location:ARTS C C217
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I completed a Laurea Triennale (BA) in International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Padova, Italy (First Class, 2006-2009) and a Laurea Magistrale (MA) in International Cooperation, Development and Human Rights at the University of Bologna, Italy (Distinction, 2010-2012). During my MA I also spent 6 months at the Universität Bremen, Germany as an Erasmus student. 

During and after the MA I worked in asylum-seekers reception with Interculturale Universo NGO in Bologna, Italy and as a communication officer for the Human Rights Nights Organisation in Bologna, Italy.


I am a Doctoral Researcher in Migration Studies (Department of Geography, School of Global Studies) and part of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.

I currently teach as Doctoral Tutor for the modules of Culture Across Space and Time, School of Global Studies/MFM and Themes and Perspectives in Sociology II, School of Law, Politics and Sociology; both for 1st year undergraduates.

Alongside my PhD I have been working for two major Sussex research projects: the HEIM Project (Higher Education, Internationalisation and Mobility) - Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, for which I was an Early Career Research Fellow at the Rome Education Fund in Budapest and the YMOBILITY project - Horizon 2020, for which I am a Research Assistant.

Community and Business

Public engagement

I write periodic publications for the online magazine Q Code, matching my academic interest for migration and place narratives with current political matters. I hav written on Italy, Hungary and Greece.

- http://www.qcodemag.it/2018/02/28/elezioni-italia-razzismo/ Restare umani

- http://www.qcodemag.it/2017/08/23/bologna-e-la-retorica-dellaccoglienza/ Bologna e la retorica dell'accoglienza

- http://www.qcodemag.it/2016/07/06/muri-e-filo-spinato/ Muri e filo spinato

- http://www.qcodemag.it/2015/12/18/grecia-migranti-richiedenti-asilo/ Grecia, il limbo dei migranti


2010-2012 MA in International Cooperation, Development and Human Rights, University of Bologna

2006-2009 BA in International Relations and Human Rights, University of Padova



• Mazzilli, C: (2018). Black and Ethnic Minorities or Foreigners? Researching Narratives of Receptiveness Under Different Political Frameworks Using Semi-Structured Interviews. SAGE Methods Cases Part 2

• Mazzilli, C. (2015). Towards Wonderland. The Experience of Border–Crossing Through the Eyes of Children. In F. J. García Castaño, A. Megías Megías, & J. Ortega Torres (Eds.), Actas del VIII Congreso sobre Migraciones Internacionales en España (Granada, 16-18 de septiembre de 2015) (pp. S03/124– S03/134). Granada: Instituto de Migraciones

• Mazzilli, C. and Riso, P. (2014). The Integration of Asylum Seekers and the State of Permanent Emergency of Immigrants in Calabria, Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, 62:1

Conference presentations

• Investigating 'receptive cities': interpreting and comparing migration-related terminology in different socio-political contexts, in Cross-Institutional PhD Research Colloquium on Migration, University of Essex, 21st March 2018

• Receptive Cities? Institutional narratives of receptiveness and Black and Ethnic Minorities Integration, in Sussex Migration Graduate Conference, University of Sussex, 26th-27th April 2017

• When migrants meet the Council. strategies of ethnic minorities' and migrants' political participation in Brighton and Bologna, in AAG Meeting 2017, Boston, USA, 5th-9th april 2017

• “I’m part of the city”. Migrants’ narratives of political participation and social inclusion in Brighton and Bologna, in RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, August 30th - September 2nd. 2016

 • Not just Detention Centres. Riace’s accoglienza diffusa as a possible alternative to asylum seekers reception, in 18th Nordic Migration Conference, Oslo 11th and 12th August 2016

 • Towards Wonderland. The Experience of Border–Crossing Through the Eyes of Children, in VIII Congreso sobre Migraciones Internacionales en España, Granada, 16th-18th September 2015


• Migrants in a 'Tolerant City': the case of Black and Ethnic Minorities in Brighton, Global Studies Chapter Chats, 20th February 2018

• Receptive Cities? The Cases of Brighton and Bologna, Sussex Centre for Language Studies Seminar Series, University of Sussex, 1st November 2017

• Receptive cities? Institutional narratives of migrants integration and everyday intercultural interactions in Brighton and Bologna, Global Studies Lecture Series, 1st March 2017