Since October 2017, I have been a part-time research fellow within the Care and Custody Lever which aims at understanding both survivors and perpetrators’ mental health needs in order to pioneer an ad hoc therapeutic programme. I started investigating human trafficking and post-slavery life in 2010. I obtained a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2015. In my doctorate project I conducted a multi-country ethnography (Northern Vietnam, Central West Brazil, and Nepal) concentrating on the recovery and reintegration phase of human trafficking survivors and adopting a multi-stakeholders perspective.
Towards the end of my PhD, I became research associate within the project SEATIDE - Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion (EC 7th FP). In this context, I worked as part of a multidisciplinary research team of anthropologists and economists. I focused on the effect of post-trafficking shelterization on survivors’ socio-economic reintegration into Vietnamese society.
In 2016 I joined UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS). While at IAS I worked at an article which critically compares a number of recent health sciences studies with the current ethnographic approach and literature around the mental health of victims of human trafficking. In parallel, I concentrated on a mixed methods research project on the emotional health and assistance to victims of trafficking and exploited migrants in London.
Since January 2017, I have been involved as a consultant in a psychosocial intervention carried on by the London based social enterprise Free_D. This project provides to a group of shelterized survivors in Mumbai marketable and creative skills (i.e. in 3D printing technologies) and aims to assess their impact on the beneficiaries’ wellbeing.
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