Luca Lixi

Department of Politics and International Relations

PhD research student
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Luca Lixi
Department of Politics and International Relations
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Luca graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in Political Science, and then carried out a Master of Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in International Migration and Public Policy. The dissertation research for his MSc (supervised by Dr Eiko Thielemann) focused on circular migration, analysing circular migration tendencies and patterns of Eastern European migrants to and fro the UK, in order to understand the benefits and consequences that such a model of migration bears for migrants themselves.

He then worked in the European Commission as a trainee, joining the Unit B1 ‘Legal Migration and Integration’ in DG Migration and Home Affairs and working, amongst other things, on the legal migration framework of the EU (Blue Card Directive, Students and Researchers Directive) and on the European Migration Forum. He has also been involved in various research projects in Southern Uganda, where his passion for understanding migration issues began, directly observing their importance for the development of the region.

Research interests

Thesis Title: The European External Migration Governance: understanding the pathways to progress and the obstacles along the way.

Supervisors:  Professor Andrew Geddes and Dr Owen Parker

Research Topic:

This research is part of the MIGPROSP project (Prospects for International Migration Governance), a 5 year project funded by the European Research Council led by Professor Andrew Geddes.

Within the frame of the MIGPROSP project, that analyses the impact of risk and uncertainty about the causes and consequences of migration in policy actors, this research studies the European External Migration Governance.

This research seeks to understand how a governance framework on migration has developed in the Mediterranean region, and how actors of this governance develop their understandings of problems relating to cause and consequences of migration. It does so by unravelling the external migration governance network that has been built uniting three levels, namely the European Union (EU), Member States (MS) and non EU Third Countries (TCs), understanding the ways in which a wealth of actors relate to each other and develop common understandings of migration issues. These relational understandings will be analysed, looking at how processes of governance collectively contribute to making sense of migration and how this affects the policy making of regional migration management.

This results in adopting an analytical framework that emphasises the importance of actors and actors’ perceptions as drivers of governance. In particular, the role of perceptions of crisis will be understood as steering elements of governance. This allows for an analysis of how actors in governance react to dilemmas and uncertainties on migration, laying importance on cognitive processes about causal relationships in EU migration governance as drivers of migration

Professional activities
  • 2015 - present: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Politics Department, University of Sheffield
  • October 2014 - March 2015: Trainee, European Commission, Directorate General Home, Unit B1 ‘Legal migration and integration, Brussels.
  • September 2012 - September 2013: Research Assistant, Group Leader and Research Coordinator, Volunteer Uganda: Research Uganda.
  • September 2012 - September 2013: Politics Editor of the Nottingham Economic Review.
  • Member of the Migration Research Network at the University of Sheffield.
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Contemporary European Research.