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Post-doctoral researcher, University of Trento

Milena Belloni is an ethnographer specialised in migration and refugee studies. Before her postdoc in Trento, she was a Post-doctoral fellow in Modern Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome and a Post-doctoral researcher in refugee studies at the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) of the University of Antwerp. She holds an MA in Medical Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology from the University of Siena. In 2015 she gained her PhD in Sociology and Social Research in Trento with her multi-sited ethnography on Eritrean forced migration. In 2016 her thesis “Cosmologies of Destinations: roots and routes of Eritrean forced migration towards Europe” won the Maria Baganha IMISCOE 2016 Award for the best doctoral dissertation in migration studies. Milena has conducted extensive fieldwork in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Italy and Belgium. Her research interests mainly concern refugees’ migration dynamics and integration pathways, migrant smuggling, and ethnographic methods. She published in the Journal of Refugee Studies, the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Human Geography and the International Journal of Comparative Sociology. For more information on her work see


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    Post-doctoral researcher, University of Antwerp