Stefano PIEMONTESE (Italian)  

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Master of Arts in International Migration and Intercultural Relations, at the University of Osnabrück (Germany)

Academic profile

During the last years I have focussed mainly on the housing policies and practices addressed to Romanian Roma living in Spain. I guess that this interest has risen from the comparison between the housing conditions of Romanian Roma in Spain and in Italy. Connected to this aspect, I am interested in the role played by stereotypes and perceptions in the design of public policies, as well as on their impact on both housing and mobility patterns.

Thanks to my collaboration with the EMIGRA research group of the UAB (Barcelona) I had the opportunity to get acquainted with the legislative framework for Roma and Gitanos, approaching the issue from the perspective of the policy evaluation. In the particular case of Spain, I focussed on the way  'Roma migrants' have been currently included as a target group of pre-existing Gitano policies. In general terms, I am persuaded that the coexistence of ‘national Roma’ and ‘immigrant Roma’ groups on a same territory is bringing to light the shortcomings related to creation of an EU common legislative framework for “Roma”, as well as the building of a pan-European Romani identity.

Finally, since local intervention aimed to low-income Roma migrants normally begins when minors are present, and also due to the relevance of schooling in social inclusion processes, I decided to focus my doctoral thesis on the mutual links between the housing patterns (conditions, mobility) and the educational careers (dropout, attainment, etc.) of Roma migrant pupils, also in comparison to other non-Roma pupils.


1. "The Access to Housing of Romanian Roma in Andalusia. Public Practices and Family Strategies in the area of Granada" Master Thesis (2011). The study focus on the social housing and social services schemes addressed to the Romanian Roma community settled in Granada and its satellite towns. 2. “Did National Roma Strategies learn from the shortcomings of the Spanish model?” is a paper presented at the at the 2012 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting, Istanbul (Turkey). Authors:  Bálint-Ábel Bereményi, Stefano Piemontese, Anna Mirga. The paper will be soon be as article at the beginning of 2014. 3. Research coordinator for the REdHNET project - Romani People, Educational and Housing Policies: Key Links to Share (2013-3014) for the creation of an EU Network for mutual policy learning of local practices aimed to Roma from other EU member States in the areas of education and housing. Five European Reports will be published.


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