Valeria Bello is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) and is the founding scientific coordinator of the UNU Migration Network. She is a Political Sociologist (PhD 2007, University of Florence) who has taught and published in the fields of Sociology, International Relations and Political Science.
She mainly works at themes such as prejudice, extremism and the securitization of migration. She is generally interested in how the dynamics of identity formation change as a consequence of globalization and mobility. Her research interests concern the role of non-state actors in the area of both migration and interethnic relations and in the fields of international relations and human security.
Before joining UNU-GCM in December 2012, she was “Marie Curie” Intra-European Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Spain). She has also worked as assistant coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2003-2009) and assistant professor at the University of Trento (Italy) from 2005 to 2009. Her current research activities cover the following themes: intercultural dialogue and human security; migration, identity and prejudice; immigrants’ integration in host societies; the role of transnational migration in the social change of homeland societies; irregular and undocumented migration; migration and digital technology. She is the main editor of the book “A Global Security Triangle: European, African and Asian Interactions” (Routledge, 2010, with Belachew Gebrewold) and co-editor of the book “Civil Society and International Governance: The Role of Non-State Actors in the EU, Africa, Asia and Middle East” (Routledge, 2011, with David Armstrong et al.). Her main contribution to the migration studies – published in the article “Inclusiveness as Constructions of Open Identities. How Social Relationships Affect Attitudes towards Immigrants in European Societies“, Social Indicators Research – is the construction of an index of inclusive societies which explains why in some countries people are less prejudiced than in others.