Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe
Annalisa B


Annalisa joins the Processing Citizenship project as a PhD researcher. Her recent research focus is on migration and border studies; political governance and humanitarian aid, ethical and methodological research issues. She comes to the project with an eclectic background: after completing her first undergraduate degree in foreign languages (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice), she continues to travel, working, studying in various countries and training in heterogeneous fields from counselling to food making.

Annalisa first studied social anthropology during a residency at University College of London (UK) and returned to it completing a degree in anthropology in Western Australia (GradDiploma Advanced, UWA, Western Australia).

She continued to follow her interests in the social field and studied human rights (Curtin University, Western Australia) focusing on the cultural understanding of the human rights approach in different religions and cultures.

More recently she completed an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology (University of Amsterdam) and researched humanitarian responses to recent migration from the perspective of aid receivers in Greece at the height of the ‘refugee crisis’. Based on her fieldwork in Piraeus and Oinofyta camps, her thesis argues that border crossers coming into Europe are gradually institutionalised through humanitarian intervention, the “making the refugee”, yet evidently retain agency in negotiating borders, access to aid and their new identities.

In this project Annalisa will be conducting multi-sited fieldwork in the registration centres at some Hotspots in Greece and Italy. She will be looking at how different actors make sense of digital processes during the registration procedure.

Current Research Interests:

Migration and the construction of the ‘refugee’ in the present context of ‘refugee crisis’; borders and border mentality; understandings of humanitarianism; the economies of the aid business; agency and resilience; ethical and methodological issues of ethnographic research with migrants.