Enza Roberta Petrillo is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Political and Social Science at EuroSapienza, the Research Centre in European, International and Development Studies based at the University Sapienza of Rome, where she is in charge of a research focused on the analysis of the “Integrated Border Management” of the EU’s external borders and its implications for the EU migration and asylum policy. Currently, her research projects and interests include national and EU migration policy, forced and irregular migration, EU borderlands, Eastern European Politics and Geopolitics and Trans-border Smuggling. Researcher for the UnescoChair in Population, Migration and Development(Rome Chapter), in 2013 she was selected as a Research Contract Agent in Human and Social Sciences by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
Graduated with mentions in Political Science and Ph.D. in Development Geography, she was Research Fellow in Political Science and International Relations at the Pisa-based Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies until October 2010. Earlier, thanks to a grant awarded by the Italian Foreign Ministry, she was a visiting research fellow at the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has hold graduate and postgraduate seminars on the analysis of migratory flows, geopolitics and democratization processes.
As a practitioner, since 2006 to date, she also has worked for governmental institutions, international organizations and research centers, advising institutions such as OSCE, FAO, the DG Migration of the Italian Ministry of Labour, the International and European Forum of Migration Research-FIERI and others. She has extensive experience in field research in Eastern European Countries and in analyzing complex political and social settings, using qualitative research methodology.
She is member of Escape – Laboratory on Critical Studies on Forced Migration and of the European International Studies Association. Thanks to a grant awarded by the ISCH COST Action IS1101- Climate Change and Migration: Knowledge, Law and Policy, and Theory, since July 2014 she will spend one month as a visiting researcher at the Hague Institute for Global Justice, the Netherlands.