Stefano Piemontese is affiliated with the Center for Policy Studies as a Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow in the INTEGRIM Marie Cuerie Initial Training Network "Integration and International Migration: Pathways and Integration Policies". He is a PhD student at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and member of the EMIGRA research group. Stefano's research focuses on the intersections between forced evictions, transnational mobility, and education of Romanian Roma youths living between Madrid and southern Romania. He also addresses the issue of participation and social mobilization of Roma migrants, as well as the conceptual and practical challenges and shortcomings of the policies for Roma in Europe.
In 2007 he obtained an under-graduate degree in International Political Sciences at the University of Turin (Italy) with a thesis on the Italian immigrant guest-workers in Wolfsburg, the city of Volkswagen. In 2011 he obtained a Master in International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIB) at the University of Osnabrück (Germany) with a thesis on “The Access to Housing of Romanian Roma in Andalusia. Public Practices and Family Strategies in the area of Granada”. As Erasmus student he attended the Master in Migration Studies, Development and Social Work (MEMDIS) of the University of Granada (Spain), where he also collaborated with the gitano Association Anaquerando and the Asociación Pro-Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDH-A) in a research on the access of Romanian Roma migrants to local welfare services.
In 2012 he began to collaborate with the EMIGRA research group (UAB). He participated to the European research project "Evaluating the Six Years of the Comprehensive Plan for the Roma Population in Catalonia", coordinated by Dr. Balínt-Ábel Bereményi in collaboration with the Federació d'Associacions Gitanes de Catalunya (FAGiC). Throughout the same year he assisted Dr. Balínt-Ábel Bereményi in a research on the impact of public policies on the labour inclusion of Gitano population in Spain, realized in the framework of a broader European Project (FP7- NEUJOBS).
As member of the Taller de Antropología y Ciencias Sociales Aplicadas (Taller ACSA), located in Granada (Spain), Stefano was coordinator of the research activities and main researcher in Spain for the REdHNET project, "Romani People, and Educational and Housing Policies: Key Links to Share" (2013-2014), as well as researcher for the WE Project "Wor(l)ds which Exclude"(2013-2014). Both Projects have been co-financed by the European Commission.
In 2012/13 he also participated to the collective photographic project "The Other European Travellers" (TOET) on the intra-European migration took place between 1950s and 1980s, with a photographic work on the Italian Community living in Wolfsburg (Germany). Stefano is also founding-member and contents editor of the cultural and media association Walking on the South (WOTS) located in Torino (Italy), as well as associated member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies.
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