Team

SSIIM Unesco Chair, University Iuav of Venice (Italy)

Laura Fregolent

Laura Fregolent is full professor of Urban Planning and Director of Research Coordination at the University IUAV of Venice.
Her research interests mainly relate to the field of urban studies. Over the years she has specifically dealt with topics such as processes of urban transformation, urban sprawl and related social dynamics, conflicts connected to projects and spatial transformations, urban changes particularly related to housing dynamics.
With reference to these themes, she has gained analytical experience and extensively studied the ways through which more effective intervention policies might be designed, assuming a general framework of sustainable development. She is co-editor of the journal Archivio di studi urbani e regionali published by FrancoAngeli.

Giovanna Marconi

Architect (2001), PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policies (2012), Giovanna Marconi is Coordinator of the SSIIM Unesco Chair on the ‘Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants’ based at the University Iuav of Venice. Her main research topics include: South-to-South international migration, transit migration, urban inclusion of international migrants and the governance of migration in small-medium sized cities. She coordinated and collaborated on a number of international (action)research projects related to these issues and is author of several scientific articles and book chapters on the urban dimension of international migration.

Michela Semprebon

Michela Semprebon holds a PhD in Urban Sociology from the University of Milan-Bicocca and completed her thesis on a comparative analysis of urban conflicts and immigrants’ political participation. In this department, she collaborated on urban safety projects, with the FarsiCura team; conducted seminars within the module “Intercultural Relations”; worked as Post-doc Research Fellow on social housing projects, as part of the international network COST IS1102 S.O.S. COHESION, and on the national project “Small municipalities and social cohesion: urban policies and practices for the socio-spatial inclusion of migrants”. In 2016 she collaborated on the national project “Intergenerational relations and obligations between the first & second generations of migrants” at the University of Bologna. She is teaching “Media and migration” in the Content Analysis lab within the Undergraduate degree “Comunicazione Pubblica e d’Impresa” of the University of Bologna and teaches the module “Introduction to Sociology) within the Undergrande degree “Scienze della Comunicazione” of the University of Bergamo. She was Visiting Researcher at the Haute Ecole des Sciences Sociales (Paris) and at the Centre for Migration, Policy & Society (Oxford). She has lectured in various universities, participated to numerous conferences and acted as referee for national/international journals. Her research interests include: system of reception and transit of forced migrants, human trafficking, policies of migrant inclusion. She is currently the Coordinator and Principal Investigator of the research activities of the project INSigHT (Building Capacity to deal with human trafficking and  transit routes in Nigeria, Italy, Sweden) funded by EC DG Home, with the support of ICMPD, within the Mobility Partnership Framework.

Abe Oluwafemi Moses

He holds a diploma and Bachelors in History and international studies 2007 and 2010 respectfully. Masters in Public Policy and Political Analysis, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow Russia in 2017. He majors on Human Rights and Democratic governance. Apart from his experience as a research assistant on the human rights in non western societies course, since 2015, he has been investigating the recruitment, transits and repatriation of trafficked girls from Nigeria to Russia.
* Anti Human Trafficking policies in Nigeria and Russia: Case of sex slavery, 2017.
* The impact of Information Communication Technology on education achievements in the University of Lagos, Nigeria (2009-2015): Lessons for educational policies. 2015
* Inter-community relations in Ido/Osi Local government from the earliest times to 1996. 2010

NWA – Nigerian Women Association, Verona/Lagos (Italy/Nigeria)

Oluwakemi Victoria Ajibola

Founder and President of Nigerian Women Association Verona, Victoria has long experience as social worker, cultural-linguistic mediator and activist. She is member of the Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOWN), Lagos (Nigeria).

Michele Bertani

Michele is PhD in Sociology and Social Research (2009, University of Verona). His main fields of interest are welfare-state, social policies, migration studies and he carries out research at the TESIS Department of the University of Verona. He is Professor of Sociology of Organizational Processes and of Sociology of Health and Family at the School of Medicine and Surgery of the same university. Among his recent publications: “European welfare states and social capital. Compared perspective of crowding out hypothesis “in Sociology and social policies (2017); “Sociodemographic Profiles of Migrants Patients accessing the Local Health Services in the Municipality of Verona – Italy”, QuiEdit (2016).

Coop. Equality, Padua and Coop. Azalea, Verona (Italy)

Gaia Borgato 

Social Psychology studies with the University of Padova (2005) and master degree in “Migration phenomena and social transformations” with University Ca’ Foscari in Venice (2007).
Gaia is the Coordinator of the Contact Area for Equality Cooperativa Sociale: she coordinates the outreach activity for people forced into prostitution and people involved in labor exploitation at an operational and project level. She’s also been coordinator (2012-2015) for the Shelter House for minors for Equality Cooperativa Sociale (she coordinated the operational activities of the professional operators of the shelter house). She’s been working as a social and volunteer operator on the outreach activities for people forced into prostitution since 2006 with Associazione Mimosa.

Silvia Etrari

Silvia Etrari has attended the degree course in social work (L-39) at the University of Verona. Subsequently shehas enrolled in the master’s degree course “Work, social citizenship, interculturality” at the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice. During her studies she has acquired knowledge on emerging multicultural societies, on international migration phenomena and on the field of innovation in the design of services and social intervention. Afterwards she hes passed the state exam for social workers, register A and enrolled in the register of social workers of the region Veneto. She has worked in the field of migration in a groupin of cooperatives in Verona and since 2018 she has been working as a referent for the contact unit of the progetto N.A.Ve (anti-trafficking network for Veneto) for the cooperative Azalea. She takes care of first contact activities including day and night outings on the street and health assistance, she also coordinates the contact unit team of Verona.

Pathfinders Justice Initiative, Benin City/New York

R. Evon Benson-Idahosa

R. Evon Benson-Idahosa, the founder and Executive Director of PJI, is a Nigerian native, a leading expert and thought leader on the subject of modern day slavery in sub-Saharan Africa and a trained English Barrister and American lawyer. When her passion and compassion called her to address sex trafficking (modern-day sex slavery) and gender-based violence, she left her work as a partner in a New York defense law firm to became a full-time activist.  Her commitment is to develop a generation of women who are confident in who they are, what they bring to the table and what they can achieve. She is a firm believer that if you empower women and engage men as allies for gender justice, you can change any society.

Suzi Chun-Turley

Suzi Chun-Turley serves as the Head of Strategy and Development for Pathfinders Justice Initiative and is responsible for their strategic growth initiatives. Her pursuit of social impact has straddled both private and social sectors throughout her career. Most recently, she served as the Director of Strategy and Development for Restore NYC, a leading anti-trafficking organization in New York City serving foreign national survivors. She helped launch their Economic Empowerment program, founded a social enterprise for survivors, and developed their Impact Work which has become a leading model to quantify and measure results in the anti-trafficking sector. Her other social sector experience includes consulting for the UN Office of Internal Oversight, starting up a new charitable arm at Next Jump, and developing a framework and model to quantify social impact as a Farber Fellow at REDF. Her private sector experience includes providing interim management and senior leverage at Bridgewater Associates, management consulting at McKinsey, and investment banking support in JP Morgan’s public finance group.  Her work in both sectors has been featured in The McKinsey Quarterly,  New York Times, Wired, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She currently serves as a board member and strategic advisor for CEEDS (nation’s first cooperative for survivors), CouldYou Cup? (leading provider of menstrual cups for the poor), and Isaiah House (local homeless shelter in NJ). Suzi received a BS from Columbia School of Engineering and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Associazione 2050 (Italy)