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Paolo is currently a Marie Curie fellow at CERAL (Centre de Recherche pour l'Action Locale), Université Paris 13, 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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Paolo holds an MA in Political Sciences and a PhD in Human Rights (2006) from Palermo University, where he was also a post-doc researcher from 2006 to 2010. Paolo has visited at Berlin’s Humboldt-University (Institute of Social Sciences) in 2003 and 2013; Tunis’ Al-Manar-University (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences) in 2004; Hamburg University (Institute of Sociology) in 2011; Cairo's CEDEJ (Centre d'Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et sociales) in 2017. He has received habilitations as an Associate Professor for Geography (2014, 2018) and Sociology (2018) from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

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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
management 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

The Central Mediterranean border as a humanitarian space

Cuttitta, P., 2019, Global Perspectives on Humanitarianism: When human welfare meets the political and security agendas. Nyberg Sørensen, N. & Plambech, S. (eds.). Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), p. 15-28 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Delocalization, Humanitarianism and Human Rights. The Mediterranean Border between Exclusion and Inclusion

Cuttitta, P., 2018, In : Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. 50, 3, p. 783-803 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

human rights

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


Activities 2012 2018

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

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

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Shared Awereness and De-confliction in the Mediterranean

P. Cuttitta (Participant)
19 Jun 201820 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopSocietal

Concluding speech

P. Cuttitta (Speaker)
15 Jun 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

CES conference “Sustainability and Transformation”

P. Cuttitta (Organiser)
12 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

XXXII CGI Conference

P. Cuttitta (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

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News & Politics

Paolo Cuttitta


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment