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Paolo is currently a guest researcher at ICES (Interdisciplinary Center for European Studies), Flensburg University, and an affiliated researcher at VU, where he was part of the research project “The Human Costs of Border Control”, as a post-doc researcher, from 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2018. He investigates on the processes of delocalization and denationalization in the Euro-African border regime, particularly in the Southern Central Mediterranean. More specifically, he is currently looking at: a) humanitarian discourses and practices; b) non-governmental search and rescue at sea; c) the multiplication and differentiation of non-state actors and their roles in migration and border management in North Africa.


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Before joining Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2013, Paolo was a post-doc researcher at Palermo University (2006-2010) and a DAAD visiting fellow at Hamburg University (Institute of Sociology, 2011) and Berlin’s Humboldt-University (Institute of Social Sciences, 2013). Paolo holds an MA in Political Sciences and a PhD in Human Rights (2006) from Palermo University. During his PhD research he visited at Tunis’ Al-Manar-University (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, 2004) and Berlin’s Humboldt-University (Institute of Social Sciences, 2003). A geographer and sociologist, he has received a habilitation as an Associate Professor of Geography from the Italian Ministry of University and Research in 2014.

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inclusion Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
Libya Social Sciences
exclusion Social Sciences
search and rescue Earth & Environmental Sciences
Italy Social Sciences
humanitarianism Social Sciences
migration policy Social Sciences

Research Output 2013 2019

Morti, mostri e salvatori, ovvero: ‘Diritti’ e ‘rovesci’ sul palcoscenico del mare

Cuttitta, P., 22 Jan 2019

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Inclusion and Exclusion in the Fragmented Space of the Sea. Actors, Territories and Legal Regimes between Libya and Italy

Cuttitta, P., 2018, Contemporary Boat Migration: Data, Geopolitics and Discourses. Burroughs, E. & Williams, K. (eds.). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, p. 75-94 20 p.

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


L’Égypte autre frontière nord-africaine de l’Europe

Cuttitta, P., May 2018, In : Outre-Terre. 2017, 4, p. 50-63 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

NGO Borderwork and the EU Externalization of Migration Management to Tunisia and Egypt

Cuttitta, P., 8 May 2018

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Activities 2012 2018

Concluding speech

Cuttitta, P. (Speaker)
15 Jun 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Border deaths and migration policies: state and non-state approaches

Spijkerboer, T. P. (Organiser), Cuttitta, P. (Organiser)
14 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Shared Awereness and De-confliction in the Mediterranean

Cuttitta, P. (Participant)
19 Jun 201820 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopSocietal

XXXII CGI Conference

Cuttitta, P. (Organiser), Chiara Brambilla (Organiser), Anna Casaglia (Organiser), Raffaella Coletti (Organiser), Giulia De Spuches (Organiser), Vincenzo Guarrasi (Organiser)
8 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

CES conference “Sustainability and Transformation”

Cuttitta, P. (Organiser)
12 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

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News & Politics

P. Cuttitta


1 media contribution

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