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I am an ethnographer with a multidisciplinary background in sociology, human geography and anthropology. My core field of expertise is migration, with a focus on migration governance, migration-development linkages, and migration and diversity in host societies.

My latest research focuses on the involvement of civil society in migration governance, from grassroots activitsm, to voliunteering, to humanitarian assistance offered by NGOs. On these issues, I conduct fieldwork in Italy and supervise research in Greece, the Netherlands and Turkey. I welcome students interested in migrant reception, border controls, and return migration.

My past work has focused, among others, on migration and development policymaking and practice; return migration; migrant transnationalism between Africa and Europe.

Before joining the Vrije Universiteit in 2014, I trained and/or worked at the International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University, Netherlands), the London School of Economics and Goldsmiths College (UK), Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal) and the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy).

Keen to find practical outlets for my research, I regularly serve as an expert on migration issues to the European Commission, UN and inter-governmental agencies, NGOs and civil society organisations. I currently manage research collaborations with partners outside academia, including from the industry sector.

I am a member of: African Studies Centre community (Leiden University); EASA Applied Anthropology network; IMI African Migrations Researcher Directory; IMISCOE Demi migration experts database.


  • GN Anthropology
  • migration
  • diaspora
  • governance
  • mobility
  • citizenship
  • civic engagement
  • development

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migrant Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
Senegal Social Sciences
diaspora Social Sciences
myth Social Sciences
humanitarianism Social Sciences
human security Social Sciences
intersectionality Social Sciences

Research Output 2000 2019

Humanitarianism as politics: Civil support initiatives for migrants in Milan’s hub

Sinatti, G., 27 Jun 2019, In : Social Inclusion. 7, 2, p. 139-148 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Relief Work

Representations of Border Deaths and the Making and Unmaking of Borders

Sinatti, G. & Vos, R. N., 12 Dec 2019, Border Deaths: Causes, Dynamics and Consequences of Migration-related Mortality. Cuttitta, P. & Last, T. (eds.). Amsterdam University Press, p. 71-84 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
economic growth

Under the guise of resilience: EU migration and displacement management in Jordan and Lebanon

Anholt, R. & Sinatti, G., 2019, In : Contemporary Security Policy. 10.1080/13523260.2019.1698182.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Investigating migration within a human security framework

Gasper, D. & Sinatti, G., 2016, In : Revista Migración y Desarrollo / Migration and Development Journal. 14, 27, p. 19 63 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

human security
teaching aids
human being