Simona Vezzoli received her BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley (2003). In 2007, she completed a Master in International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California) as well as another Master in Migration Sciences at the Universitá Europea in Rome, Italy. With her PhD in Migration (Maastricht Graduate School of Governance) she explored the evolution of post-World War II migrations from the Caribbean region and the effects of independence, the establishment of border regimes and the presence of post-colonial ties.
Fields of interest
- Development and migration
- Mobility transitions
- Social transformations
- Postcolonialism and post-colonial migrations
- Caribbean migrations
- Labour, class and migration
- The future of migration
Past research positions
January 2017 – present: External collaborator on the project ‘OYAMAR- Evolution de l’impact anthropique sur le littoral guyanais et les grands estuaires (Maroni et Oyapock), led by Damien Davy (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Cayenne, Guyane) and Frédéric Piantoni (University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, France).
October 2015 – August 2020: Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator, Migration as Development project, led by Prof dr Hein de Haas at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology.
January 2008 – July 2015: Research Officer, International Migration Institute (IMI), Oxford Martin School, Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), University of Oxford.
Past teaching activities
Spring 2020: Master’s level workshop, Where to next? Exploring migration futures using the scenario methodology, 2.5-day workshop, UNU Merit - Maastricht Graduate school of governance, with Ayla Bonfiglio – yearly offering of this workshop since 2011; in 2020 it was offered in a shorter online version.
Autumn 2019: Master’s programme core course Dynamics of International Migration and Migrant Integration at University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology; taught yearly since 2017.
Spring 2018: Where to next? Exploring migration futures applying the scenario methodology, 2.5-day workshop, Migration Management Diploma Program (course for public officials, mainly immigration officers of various African, Asian and Latin American countries), UNU Merit - Maastricht Graduate school of governance, with Ayla Bonfiglio – yearly offering of this workshop over the 2011-2018 period.
Spring 2017: Master’s programme course ‘Migration, social transformation and the state’ at University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology.