University of Bologna

Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (UNIBO) paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research and a constant and increasingly broad international perspective. The team is composed of researchers working at the Department of Department of Sociology and Business Law.


Pierluigi Musarò is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, Italy, where he leads modules such as ‘Humanitarian Communication’ and ‘Media and Security’. He is Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge-New York University, and at Monash University (Melbourne). He is author of several books and papers in the field of migration, borders, human rights, media communication. He is President of the Italian NGO YODA ( and founding Director of IT.A.CÀ_migrants and travelers: Festival of Responsible Tourism ( Email:

Melissa Moralli, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the University of Bologna and visiting scholar at CRISES (Centre de Recherche sur les Innovations Sociales, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada), IPK (Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, USA) and CRISES Redifined (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). Her research interests are social innovation, migration and responsible tourism. She is also interested in action-research and participatory methodology. She is currently involved in the project “Atlas of Transitions project. New geographies for a cross-cultural Europe” and is a researcher for the project “Welcoming Spaces. Revitalising Shrinking Areas by Hosting Non-Eu Migrants”.  She is author of the book “Innovazione sociale. Pratiche e processi per ripensare le comunità”. Email:

Alice Lomonaco, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the University of Bologna. She conducts her studies in urban sociology and migrations. Her research interests are focused in particular on housing policies and the foreign population. She is currently working on inequality in access to housing, especially for the migrant population. Since September 2018 she is a member of the UNIBO team of the H2020 MICADO project “Migrant Integration Cockpits and Dashboards” (Call H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2018-2019-2020 Work Programme Part: Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies).

Maurizio Bergamaschi, is Full Professor at the University of Bologna. His studies are focused on urban and environmental sociology. His main research topics are: urban poverty processes, anti-poverty policies, and urban distribution of the migrant population. He is the Programme Director of the 1st cycle degree in Social Work and the scientific director of the post-graduate university course “Immigrazione, servizio sociale e territorio”. He is the General Editor of the journal “Sociologia urbana e rurale” since 2015. He is also member of the Academic Board of the PhD in Sociology and Social Research at the University of Bologna. He is author of many publications, translations and research reports.

Paola Parmiggiani, PhD in Sociology, is Full Professor at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna where she teaches Sociology of Culture and Social Communication. She is Director of the Master’s Degree Course in Sociology and Social Work. Her main fields of study and research are the practices of consumption and cultural studies with particular reference to the processes of civic engagement, media and migration, social and humanitarian communication. Recent publications include: Borders Kill. Tania Bruguera’s Referendum as an Artistic Strategy of Political Participation, in «Journal of Mediterranean Knowledge» (4/2019); Atlas of Transitions. Arti performative e negoziazione della diversità, in «Mondi migranti» (2/2019); ; Beyond Black and White: The Role of Media in Portraying and Policing Migration and Asylum in Italy, in «Revue Internationale de Sociologie» (2017).

Elena Giacomelli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology and Business of Law at the University of Bologna. She is now working on framing and narratives of inner areas and migration within the project Welcoming Spaces. She obtained a PhD, conducting ethnographic research on social workers with asylum seekers and refugees. In order to anchor her research to practice, she worked for two years as a social worker with asylum seekers and refugees with the Association Centro Astalli. The focus of her research and publications are upon the themes of mobilities and migration, borders, climate change, ethnography, framing and narratives. Additionally, she uses visual methods in a participatory creative manner with participants to create space for plural narratives to emerge.

Chiara Davino is currently PhD student in Sociology and Social Research at the Department of Sociology and Business Law at the University of Bologna. She holds a degree in Architecture from the Iuav University of Venice where she was also a research fellow in Architectural Representation. Her topics of interest include bordering processes, territorial regeneration and reception policies, and media
communication. As an independent researcher, she is co-founder of the digital and editorial platform Assemblages. She is co-curator and author of the books “Immune Morphologies” (Abc, 2022) and “Panico” (Il Filo di Arianna, 2021).