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Room: MB732A 
Phone: 0121 204 3043  
Email: g.maestri@aston.ac.uk



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)


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, UK

30 Sep 201216 Oct 2016

Award Date: 12 Jan 2017

MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom.

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, Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, UK

31 Jan 201731 Mar 2017


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


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