CHIARA LOSCHI <br /><br /> Chiara joined Processing Citizenship as postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research interests include political participation and political processes in the MENA region, EU external action, processes of securitization of migration, EU agencies, European integration and fundamental rights.


I am postdoctoral researcher in the frame of Work Package 4. In this package, our overarching questions are:

How are relationships between EU institutions and member states enacted through efforts to achieve interoperability? How are relationships between member states and international organisations and non-governmental organisations, or other non-state actors, enacted through efforts to achieve interoperability?

As a method, in the frame of W4 , PC researchers have been conceiving and outlining a method to map data circulation, to map the architecture of data circulation. This means to map which national or EU level agencies have access which data for which purposes. Following these methods, I along the PI and the colleagues, will develop further investigations, which are supposed to produce articles for high-ranking academic journals. Our methods include also text analysis, long-extended interviews and participant observation.


I am a graduate in Cultural Anthropology and I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations, discussed at the University of Turin, Italy. In the frame of the MA thesis, I analysed the politics of memory emerged throughout the organizations build by Italian citizens having been living in Libya during colonial occupation and until 1969. In the frame of my research for the PhD in Political Science, I bridged together ethnographic approach with political science debates. With my PhD thesis, I critically debated democratization theories and authoritarian upgrading investigations on Middle East and North African countries through the investigation of local level governance consequences in Tunisia. I’ve been studying decentralization promotion in Tunisia between 1980 and 2011 to discuss how democratisation theories would benefit from assessing process of political change starting from micro, i.e. local, level of analysis. The research focused on the municipal and national waste management and privatization policies implemented by the Ben Ali regime in the frame of structural adjustment plans put forward by international financial institutions for the country. It is based upon more than 100 interviews carried out during twelve months of fieldwork. Throughout 2014 and 2015 in Tunisia, I’ve been also engaging and supporting activities with Tunisian local organizations, environmental activists and stakeholders, to focus into social movements and environmental justice in the country, with rallies and sit ins in the streets and landfills. These years marked the beginning of many organizations or spontaneous riots on grounds of environmental issues, targeting Tunisian transitional government and national authorities charged with solid waste management.

During my first four years of postdoc, I perfectioned my expertise in governance issues related to European border and migration governance, improving knowledge of the role and presence of state, non-state, and private actors involved in border management and asylum. I have been analysing processes of securitization of migration in the frame of EU crisis response in Libya, as well as the role of the European Agencies in Justice and Home Affairs area before and after the so-called 2015 migration crisis. During my two years at the University of Vienna as postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Dr. Peter Slominski, I’ve been looking at legal scholarship debates, European integration theories and scholarship on the Area of Security, Freedom, and Justice (AFSJ), with particular focus on inter-agency cooperation and administrative and social dynamics of accountability and European migration governance.

In my current work at the University of Bologna as member of Processing Citizenship, I’ve expanded my knowledge of the creation and legal evolution of Common European Asylum System, and the requirements established by EU law for third-country national movements among member states implying the health data sharing. With the colleague Paul Trauttmansdorff, I’ve been also focusing into the development of expertise before the adoption of the two regulations on Interoperability in 2019.


I’ve been moved by many questions. What is the role of intergovernmental organizations operating in European space, and increasingly engaging with policy design and implementation? Which “European space” is enabled? Which interoperability is at work in the policy making at the European Level? How and where slow processes of change are to be found? How digital infrastructure are evolving and impacting power distributions and coordination between and within governance levels? What are their implications for policy content and accountability?