Dr Raffaele Bazurli is a postdoctoral researcher and teaching associate at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. He has been recently awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by UK Research and Innovation, for the project Sanctuary Policies for Irregular Migrants in European Cities (SPIMEC).
Raffaele's research agenda is inherently interdisciplinary and focuses on urban governance and politics, immigrant integration and asylum, and social movements. He is especially interested in understanding how local officials and grassroots activists interact to shape governance in multi-level institutional settings, possibly breeding policy conflicts and subverting unwanted national policies. He explores these issues by looking at the welfare of irregular and forced migrants as well as of marginalised urban residents, with a focus on Europe and Latin America. Ultimately, he aims to pose broader questions on cities as key, innovative players in contemporary global governance, whose policy experiments may pave the way to a just, democratic, and sustainable future.
Raffaele's research appears in political science, sociology, and geography journals, including the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; South European Society and Politics; the International Political Science Review; the Urban Affairs Review; Territory, Politics, Governance; Citizenship Studies; PS: Political Science and Politics; Politiche Sociali / Social Policies; and in various edited volumes. He has written policy reports and opinion pieces for assorted outlets and he has been involved in various policy engagement initiatives, such as the impact project Barrio Saldías and the research-policy partnership SIforREF project. The British Academy, the European Union, the Government of Italy, the Research Council of Norway, and UK Research and Innovation have all supported his research.
Raffaele earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and Sociology (2020) from Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, with a thesis on migration governance and social movements in Milan and Barcelona. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London (2022), at the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo (2021), and at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2020-22). He has also held visiting research positions at the Institute for Government and Public Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2018) and at the Urban School at Sciences Po-Paris (2018-19). Raffaele is a member of the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at Scuola Normale Superiore, of The City Centre at Queen Mary University of London, and of the Soli*City network at Toronto Metropolitan University.
More information: https://raffaelebazurli.com/