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    I am a Political Sociologist and my research addresses questions of migration and civil society organisations, with a specific attention to the urban dimension. I joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Sociology and Policy in July 2019. Prior to joining Aston, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Leicester as part of the ESRC-funded project The Frames of Altruistic Action.
    In 2016 I completed a PhD in Human Geography at Durham University, where I focused on the residential segregation of asylum seekers and migrants in Rome (Italy) and Paris (France), with specific attention to strategies of citizenship claim-making and civil society, Third Sector actors, and urban social movements. I recently published a monograph based on my thesis and titled Temporary Camps, Enduring Segregation. The Contentious Politics of Roma and Migrant Housing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
    I am a also member of the French research project MARG-IN (“Marginalization/Inclusion: Regulatory Policies Effects in the Long Run. The Case of Romanian Roma Migrants”) that explore the exclusion and inclusion dynamics of Romania Roma migrants France, Italy and Spain. I spent research visiting periods in Paris at the Housing Research Centre (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine) and at the École des hautes études en science sociales (from April to July 2013). From May to July 2015 I was invited visiting fellow at the Centre d'études éuropéennes at Sciences Po, Paris.

    Research Interests

    Ethnicity and Migration: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Ethnic Minorities (Roma); Migration Governance; Racism, Stigma and Discrimination; Social Inclusion.

    Collective Action and Political Participation: Civil Society Organisations and NGOs; Social Movements; Volunteering; Solidarity and Altruism.

    Urban Citizenship and Housing: Urban Marginality; Housing Exclusion; Racial Segregation; Camps and Informal Settlements; Squats; Forced Evictions; Housing Careers.


    PhD in Human Geography, Durham University (UK), 2016

    MA in Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento (Italy), 2012

    MSc in Political Sociology, London School of Economics (UK), 2011

    BA in Sociology, University of Trento (Italy), 2009

    Teaching Activity

    • Introduction to Social Theory (LK1015)
    • Social Problems and Public Policies A (LK1012) 
    • Migration, Borders and Belonging (LK3030)
    • Contemporary Social Movements (LK3024)
    • Sociology Dissertation (LK3036)
    • Social Policy Dissertation (LK3037)


    Contact Details

    Room: MB732A 
    Phone: 0121 204 3043  


    Education/Academic qualification


    30 Sep 201216 Oct 2016

    Award Date: 12 Jan 2017


    1 Oct 201030 Sep 2011

    Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

    External positions

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Leicester

    1 Apr 201730 Jun 2019

    Research Assistant

    31 Jan 201731 Mar 2017


    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • migration
    • social movements
    • minorities
    • segregation
    • volunteering
    • housing

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    Research Output

    Déstabilisations et réévaluations des cadres du mérite chez les bénévoles engagés auprès des réfugiés au Royaume Uni

    Translated title of the contribution: Destabilisations and re-evaluations of deservingness frames among pro-refugee volunteers in the UKD'Halluin, E., Rambaud, E., Monforte, P. & Maestri, G., 2020, Les Mondes de la Bienfaisance : Une Approche Comparative des Pratiques du « Bien ». Ruiz de Elvira, L. & Saeidnia, S. A. (eds.). Paris

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Who deserves compassion? The moral and emotional dilemmas of volunteering in the ‘refugee crisis’

    Maestri, G. & Monforte, P., 19 Jun 2020, In : Sociology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Brexit: Modes of uncertainty and futures in an impasse

    Anderson, B., Wilson, H. F., Forman, P. J., Heslop, J., Ormerod, E. & Maestri, G., 31 Oct 2019, In : Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Bringing the Third Sector Back into Ghetto Studies: Roma Segregation and Civil Society Associations in Italy

    Maestri, G., 15 Aug 2019, Class, Ethnicity and State in the Polarized Metropolis: Putting Wacquant to Work. Flint, J. & Powell, R. (eds.). Springer, p. 255-280 Chapter 11

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter