Departments

Statistics

Livia Ortensi

Head of department


Livia Elisa Ortensi holds a Ph.D. in Statistics and is Senior Assistant Professor in Demography at the Department of Statistical Sciences “Paolo Fortunati” of the University of Bologna. She collaborates with  the statistical unit of ISMU Foundation since 2004 and is part of the core working group on Foreign Immigration in Lombardy of the Regional Observatory for Integration and Multiethnicity (ORIM).

Since 2018 she is Associate Editor of BMC Public Health. Her primary research interests are related to the study of international migrations with a gendered approach. Her studies focused mainly on Onward and Return Migrations, Asylum seekers integration, Migrant Fertility, skewed sex birth ratios, Female Genital Mutilation, and Domestic Workers.

Alessio Menonna

Researcher


Alessio Menonna holds a Master’s degree in Demographic and Social Statistics (with Honours) and a Master’s degree in Sociology (with Honours) from the University of Milan – Bicocca.

He is Researcher in immigration monitoring for ISMU Foundation and for the Regional Observatory for Integration and Multiethnicity. From 2004 to 2016 he was co-authors of the annual statistical reports on immigration for all the Provinces of Lombardy.

Giorgia Papavero

Researcher


Graduate in Political Sciences at the State University of Milan she’s Senior Researcher for Statistic Department of the ISMU Foundation since 1998; she coordinates all the national and international surveys for ISMU Foundation and coordinate the Lombardy survey for Regional Observatory for Integration and Mutietnicity (ORIM).


Health and welfare Department

Nicola Pasini

Head of department


Nicola Pasini is associate professor in Political Science at the Department of Social and Political Studies of Università degli Studi di Milano, where he teaches Political and Administrative Systems and Local Governance.

Since 1995 he is the manager of the ISMU Foundation Welfare anf Health Department. He edited several essays on the redefinition of the Western welfare systems (including the relation between immigration and health), on the relations between ethics, politics and public administration, on sub-national governance, on the transformation of political parties and on the evolution of the Italian political system.

Chiara Dallavalle

Researcher and trainer


After a Degree in Education, she approached the issue of migration flows in the Mediterranean Basin during her PhD in Cultural Anthropology.

For a decade she was employed into the SPRAR network, working with asylum seekers and refugees, and at the present she operates as a freelance trainer on integration processes and new citizenships enhancement.

Since 2017 she contributes to the Welfare and Health Sector of  Fondazione Ismu, where she partakes to research projects on health of the migrant population, and engages in the organization of vocational trainings for social workers and healthcare professionals.

Lia Lombardi

Researcher and project manager


Lia Lombardi is sociologist. She deals with the theoretical and methodological approaches of Health and Medicine Sociology. She is currently visiting professor in Sociology and Demo-ethno-anthropological Disciplines at the Medicine Department of Università degli Studi di Milano. She is sociological research partner at the ISMU Foundation Welfare and Health department.

She is president of Milan BLIMUNDE Association – A women perspective on health and medicine. She teaches training courses aimed at medical assistants in Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna.

Since 1989 she has been carrying out studies on birth health in a gender and multi-cultural perspective, focusing notably on migration processes.

Veronica Merotta

Researcher


Veronica Merotta is a Political Science graduate.

She collaborates with the Welfare and health department in ISMU Foundation, carrying out researches on immigrates’ health and providing assistance in the training courses aimed at medical assistants.

She collaborates with the Regional Observer on Integration and Multiethnicity (ORIM) in the Health Section. She is researcher at Éupolis Lombardy, the Lombardy’s Higher Institute for Research, Statistics and Education/Development/Training.

Marta Regalia

Researcher


Marta Regalia is a research fellow at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan.

She has carried out research in Universities and research centers. He has spent periods of study and research at the Université de Montréal, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Oxford university and Sydney University.

Hes research interests include the analysis of concepts, electoral systems, public policies and actions to promote democracy. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Political Science Association and collaborates with the Cattaneo Institute of Bologna.

Economy and Labour Department

Laura Zanfrini

Head of department


Since its foundation in 1991, Laura Zanfrini has been involved in the activities of the ISMU Foundation as a member of the technical-scientific committee, Head of the Economics and Scientific supervisor of Cedoc (Documentation Center).

After the degree in Political Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan (which permit her to obtain the Award as the best graduate of the year), obtained the PhD in Sociology and Social Sciences Methodology. She is currently Full Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Milan where she teaches “Sociology of Migrations and Interethnic Relations” and “Organizations, Environment and Social Innovation”. She is also the scientific director of the research centre WWELL (Work, Welfare, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning), the coordinator of the Master’s Degree in HR and Business Management and the Scientific Director of the Summer School “Human Mobility and Global Justice”.

She authored about 350 publications, including books, essays and articles in Italian and foreign reviews (the list can be consulted through the repertoire: publicatt.unicatt.it.) and she is member of the Editorial Board of many reviews (including “Studi Emigrazione/International Journal of Migration Studies”, “Mondi Migranti”, “Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios”, “People on Move”, “Asian and Pacific Migration Journal”, “Rivista Internazionale di Scienze sociali”, “Mondi Migranti”, “Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios”, “People on Move”, “Munera”, “Sociologia del lavoro”) and consultant of various national and international bodies.

Annavittoria Sarli

Researcher


She gained a PHD in Human Sciences in 2011, from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, with a thesis titled “Il disagio della cura. I vissuti professionali delle assistenti familiari migranti occupate in Italia” (“The malaise of caring. The professional experiences of female migrant carers working in Italy”).

She earned a master’s degree in Anthropology in 2007, from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Since 2008 she has collaborated with the ISMU Foundation working as a researcher, mainly on the issues “Migration&Development” and “Migration&Health”.

Since 2009 she has been subject curator of Sociology of Interethnic Relations at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Milan.

She is the author of several scientific publications.

Education Department

Mariagrazia Santagati

Head of department


Erica Colussi

Coordinator of department, trainer and researcher


Alessandra Barzaghi

Trainer and project officer


Emanuela Bonini

Researcher and project manager


Silvana Cantù

settore Educazione


Elisabetta Cicciarelli

Trainer and project manager


Mara Clementi

Trainer and project manager


Antonio Cuciniello

Trainer and researcher


He received his Ph.D. in Humanities (Religious studies – Islam) from the Catholic University of Milan. In 2001 he got a Diploma in Arabic Studies and in 2002 a Licentiate in Arabic and Islamic Studies at PISAI (Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies), Rome.

In 2000 he got a Master’s Degree in Comparative Studies (Arabic-English Language and Literature) at Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples. Since 2005 he has worked at ISMU Foundation. Main fields of work and research interests: Education (language of origin valorisation and plurilingualism of second-generation immigrants, Italian as L2), Religions (Islam), Interreligious dialogue (Islamic-Christian relations), Intercultural relations.

Gabriella Lessana

Trainer


Cristina Zanzottera

Trainer and project officer


Cristina Zanzottera is a researcher and trainer in the Education Area for ISMU Foundation (Initiatives and Studies on Multiethnicity), expert in Languages, Cultures and International Communication. She is in charge of the DITALS glottodidactic courses and responsible for the PLIDA certification exams.

For ISMU, she has taken part in research-action projects that led to publications on the issues of linguistic integration and school-training of migrants (e.g. training plan teachers of the regional FAMI of Lombardy, project ParL@MI), in the perspective of an intercultural approach, about an active, innovative and inclusive teaching (e.g. project “Didattica del fare, fare per includere” with F. Amiotti) and about teaching Italian as an additional language, with a focus on plurilingualism and mother tongues valorization (projects “Apriti Sesamo and Plusvalor”).

Legislation Department

Ennio Codini

Head of department


Marina D'Odorico

Senior researcher and project manager


Family and minors Department

Giovanni Giulio Valtolina

Head of department


Giovanni Giulio Valtolina, educated in Padua, Milan and Chicago, is currently affiliated at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan campus), where he is serving as Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology.

At the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart he is also member of the faculty board of the Ph.D. program in Relational Social Work and Personal Social Services. His research interests are: intercultural psychology and social practice; migrant children; acculturation and psychosocial adaptation in migrant families.

Since 2000 he is member of the editorial committee of the Ismu Italian Report on Migration and since 2009 he is also serving as Head of “Child and Family” Department at Ismu (Initiatives and Studies on Multiethnicity) foundation in Milan.

Nicoletta Pavesi

Researcher



Religions Department

Giovanni Giulio Valtolina

Head of Department


Antonio Cuciniello

Researcher


Giulia Mezzetti

Researcher


Documentation Centre

Laura Zanfrini

Head of Centre


Since its foundation in 1991, Laura Zanfrini has been involved in the activities of the ISMU Foundation as a member of the technical-scientific committee, Head of the Economics and Scientific supervisor of Cedoc (Documentation Center).

After the degree in Political Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan (which permit her to obtain the Award as the best graduate of the year), obtained the PhD in Sociology and Social Sciences Methodology. She is currently Full Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Milan where she teaches “Sociology of Migrations and Interethnic Relations” and “Organizations, Environment and Social Innovation”. She is also the scientific director of the research centre WWELL (Work, Welfare, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning), the coordinator of the Master’s Degree in HR and Business Management and the Scientific Director of the Summer School “Human Mobility and Global Justice”.

She authored about 350 publications, including books, essays and articles in Italian and foreign reviews (the list can be consulted through the repertoire: publicatt.unicatt.it.) and she is member of the Editorial Board of many reviews (including “Studi Emigrazione/International Journal of Migration Studies”, “Mondi Migranti”, “Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios”, “People on Move”, “Asian and Pacific Migration Journal”, “Rivista Internazionale di Scienze sociali”, “Mondi Migranti”, “Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios”, “People on Move”, “Munera”, “Sociologia del lavoro”) and consultant of various national and international bodies.

Ardita Demneri

Librarian