Dr Francesca Strumia Receives Talented Young Italians Award

Congratulations to Dr Francesca Strumia, who has received a Talented Young Italians Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Embassy.

Photo of Francesca Strumia receiving award

The prestigious award is offered each year to eight distinguished Italians residing in the UK who have made an outstanding contribution to relations between the UK and Italy.

Dr Strumia was honoured for her valuable role advising the Italian Ministry of Economic Development on the introduction of the Italia Start Up and Investor Visas, two innovative programmes to support international business and investment in Italy. She received the award at a celebratory event in London.

A specialist in citizenship theory and immigration law, Dr Strumia joined our University in 2014. Her research activities complement her advisory work; she is currently studying the ways in which start-up visa and investment citizenship take a ‘talent as output’ approach in contrast to traditional skilled migration policies.

The award is a reward of the experience of citizenship as part of a 'diaspora'. This is an experience that I have always found of inspiration in my work and pursuits.

Dr Strumia said: “At a professional level, this award rewards my research work on immigration and on the meaning of citizenship beyond national borders.

“In particular, the award is linked to my volunteer work for the Italian Ministry of Economic Development on the introduction of the Italia Start Up Visa in 2014 and the Investor Visa in 2017. I advised the Ministry on how to model the relevant policies and suggested to reward, through the investor visa, investment and philanthropic donations that can support the management of immigration on humanitarian and other grounds.

“At a personal level, the award is a reward of the experience of citizenship as part of a 'diaspora', as it recognizes individuals who contribute to their countries from outside. This is an experience that I live in first person, that has changed me profoundly, and that I have always found of inspiration in my work and pursuits. For this reason, this award is one I am particularly honored, and grateful to have received."