EUCROSS Consortium

Advisory Board


Institutions and researchers

Partner 1 (Coordinator). Università degli studi ‘Gabriele d’Annunzio’ di Chieti-Pescara 


The ‘Gabriele d'Annunzio’ University of Chieti-Pescara was first instituted as an independent university in 1960. In 1982 it gained the status of national public university and is continuing to grow exponentially since then. Currently it boasts twelve faculties and is located on two campuses in the twin cities of Chieti and Pescara, on the Italian East Coast. The ‘Gabriele d'Annunzio’ University fosters internationalization in Europe and beyond with learning and research exchange programs for both students and staff. Its network of research partnership includes other universities from 28 countries – from USA to China, from Chile to Japan, from Sweden to Cameroun.

The principal researcher of UNICH in the EUCROSS project is Ettore Recchi, project coordinator.

Ettore RECCHI is a full professor of political sociology at the University ‘G. D’Annunzio’ of Chieti- Pescara since December 2009. Formerly he taught at the University of Florence (1993-2009), where between 2003 and 2005 he coordinated the EC-funded PIONEUR project (5th FP). He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute (EUI); at the EUI he also directed the Euro-Mediterranean School on Migration and Development between 2005 and 2009. Recchi’s main research interests revolve around European integration, social stratification, and migration. His most recent book is: Pioneers of European Integration: Citizenship and Mobility in the EU. Cheltenham, Elgar, 2009 (with A. Favell, eds). He has published extensively in major refereed journals of sociology and political science. His recent publications include: Free-Moving Western Europeans: An Empirically Based Portrait, in H. Fassmann, M. Haller and D. Lane (eds), Migration and Mobility in Europe: Trends,Patterns and Control, Elgar, Cheltenham, 2009 (with M. Braun); Cross-State Mobility in the EU: Trends, Puzzles and Consequences, ‘European Societies’, 10, 2, 2008, 197-224; Keine Grenzen, mehr Opportunitäten? Migration und soziale Mobilität innerhalb der EU, in P.A. Berger and A. Weiss (eds), Transnationalisierung sozialer Ungleichheit, VS, Wiesbaden, 2008 (with M. Braun); From Migrants to Movers: Citizenship and Mobility in the European Union, in M. P. Smith and A. Favell (eds) The Human Face of Global Mobility, Transaction Books, New Brunswick, NJ, 2006; Expansion, Reform, and Social Inequality in Italian Higher Education, in Y. Shavit, R. Arum and A. Gamoran (eds) Expansion, Stratification in Higher Education, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2007; Geographical and Job Mobility in the EU, Report for the DG Employment, European Commission, 2006 (with E. Baldoni, F.Francavilla, L. Mencarini).

Michele CASCAVILLA is a full professor of sociology of law at the University ‘G. d’Annunzio’ of Chieti- Pescara. He was trained as a philosopher and lawyer in Urbino. In Chieti, he acted first as director of the Department of Social Sciences and more recently as dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (since 2007). His studies have focused on the historical relations between law, morals and society, the social meaning of punishment, law as modality of co-existence, and human rights. Among his main publications: Il socialismo giuridico italiano. Sui fondamenti del riformismo sociale (Quattroventi, Urbino, 1987); Colpa e infelicità. Giustizia e pena in Rosmini (Giappichelli, Torino, 1995); Il diritto insufficiente e necessario (Giappichelli, Torino, 2003); Diritto e morale nell’età dell’Illuminismo (Giappichelli, Torino, 2006).

Antonello CANZANO is a senior lecturer of political sociology at the University ‘G. d’Annunzio’ of Chieti-Pescara. His main research interests lie in the relationship between political and economic elites, political communication and party organizations. He is a member of the scientific council of the Italian Association of Sociology (AIS) and the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI). His most recent publications are: Dall’enclave bianca all’iperpluralismo. Un caso di politica locale in Abruzzo (Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2007); Gli amministratori locali di An. Un profilo socio-politico (Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2009); Il “New Frame” comunicativo di Obama, in F. Pira (ed), Come dire qualcosa di sinistra. Da Blair a Obama, dalla Terza Via al presidente Youtube (Angeli, Milano, 2009).

Theresa Kuhn, (PhD European University Institute 2011) is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations/Nuffield College, Oxford. In her doctoral dissertation, she analysed the impact of individual transnational practices and globalisation on EU membership support and European identity using multilevel analysis of Eurobarometer survey data.  Theresa Kuhn held visiting fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Recent publications include 'Individual Transnationalism, Globalisation and Euroscepticism: An Empirical Test of Deutsch's Transactionalist Theory', European Journal of Political Research 2011, and 'Europa ante Portas: Border Residence, Transnational Interaction and Euroscepticism in Germany and France', European Union Politics 2012.   

Lorenzo Grifone BAGLIONI is a post-doctoral researcher at the University 'G. d'Annunzio' of Chieti-Pescara. Formerly he has been research fellow in sociology at the University of Florence (2005-2011), where he obtained a PhD in Sociology and Political Sociology in 2006. His studies have focused on citizenship and the youth condition. Among his publications: Una generazione che cambia (ed.) (Firenze University Press, 2007); Sociologia della cittadinanza (Rubbettino, 2009); Scegliere di partecipare (ed.) (Firenze University Press, 2011).

Justyna SALAMOŃSKA is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University ‘G. d’Annunzio’ of Chieti-Pescara. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin (2012). She was previously a research assistant on projects about Polish migration at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include skilled migrations, mobilities and labour markets. Recent publications: Krings et al., New Mobilities in Europe: Polish Migration to Ireland Post-2004. Manchester University Press, forthcoming (with E. Moriarty, J. Wickham and A. Bobek); Moriarty et al., ‘‘Taking on almost everyone?’ Migrant and employer recruitment strategies in a booming labour market’. The International Journal of Human Resource Management 23(9): 1871-1887, 2011 (with J. Wickham, T. Krings, and A. Bobek).

Matteo ABBATE, Project Manager supporting the Coordinator and Project Management Committee activities, works as independent consultant in research and training projects mainly funded by the European Funds. Between 2003 and 2005 worked in management of the EC-funded PIONEUR project (5th FP) coordinated by the University of Florence.
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Partner 2. GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften  


GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences is an institution devoted to research and service, which, by providing information, consultation and data, supports and facilitates scientific work in the German and international research community at every stage of the research process. GESIS also hosts the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS), participates in the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), and in several work packages of the European Social Survey (ESS). It is currently divided into six scientific departments, one of which is the Centre for Survey Design and Methodology based in Mannheim in which all project-related activities will be located.

The principal researcher of GESIS in the EUCROSS project is Michael Braun.

Michael BRAUN is Senior Project Consultant at GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the University of Mannheim. He has specialised in cross-cultural survey methodology and analysis. He is an expert in both the design and the analysis of large-scale comparative surveys using state-of-the-art statistical methods. He had a significant role in the design of the survey of intra-European migrants conducted as a part of the PIONEUR project in the 5th Framework Programme. He teaches advanced research methods (e.g. multilevel modelling) and sociology courses (e.g. on migration and the family) at the University of Mannheim. Since November 2008 he is member of the Central Co-ordinating Team (CCT) of the European Social Survey (ESS) and directs the ESS-activities of GESIS. Previously he was director of the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) and the German part of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). He has worked substantively on international comparisons in the fields of migration and the family. Recently he received a research grant from the German Science Foundation for a project on ‘Enhancing the Validity of Intercultural Comparative Surveys: The Use of Supplemental Probing Techniques in Internet Surveys’. Finally, he is member of the international editorial board of the International Journal of Cross Cultural Management and ad-hoc reviewer for leading international journals, such as American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Social Forces. Among his most recent publications: ‘Foreign language proficiency of intra-European migrants: a multilevel analysis’, European Sociological Review, 2009: DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcp052; ‘Gender-role egalitarianism – is the trend reversal real?’ International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 2009, 21: 362-367 (with J. Scott); ‘The demographics of movers and stayers in the European Union’, in E. Recchi and A. Favell (Eds) (2009), Pioneers of European Integration: Citizenship and Mobility in the EU. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2009 (with C. Arsene); ‘Perceived equity in the gendered division of household labor’, Journal of Marriage and Family, 2008, 70: 1145-1156 (with N. Lewin Epstein, H. Stier and M.K. Baumgärtner).

teffen Pötzschke is a researcher at GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences. He obtained his Master’s degree in International Migration and Intercultural Relations at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabruck, Germany (2010). He worked as research assistant at IMIS and as research assistant to Prof. em. Dr. Klaus J. Bade, chairman, Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR). His research interests are: transnationalism, Europeanization, the transformation of identities and belonging, and the political participation of (e)migrants. He wrote his master’s thesis on the latter subject (title: Dual Citizenship and Absentee Voting - The Dispute over Civic Rights of Emigrants in the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico).

Valerie Steeb is a research assistant at the Centre for Survey Design and Methodology at GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. She obtained her B.A. in social and political sciences at the University of Erfurt and is currently doing her master’s degree in sociology at the University of Mannheim with the main focus on migration and quantitative methods. Her research interests lie in the fields of migration and social inequality, in particular in ethnic and gender inequalities in education and the labour market.

Partner 3. Aarhus University, Center for Global and Regional Studies (GLOREA)


Aarhus University is Denmark’s second largest university, founded in 1928. It has approximately 35,000 students and a staff of almost 10,000. Its annual budget is over 500 million Euros, and the university has extensive experience in bidding for and managing large European grants. Research at Aarhus will be located in the GLOREA centre, directed by Adrian Favell. Starting July 2008, Favell was awarded a TMR Marie Curie Reintegration Grant of €100,000 over four years to found this centre at Aarhus University which is located in a broad and intellectually lively interdisciplinary area studies program. The research for the FP7 will be part of the core activities of GLOREA, which has a focus on the new sociology of European Union as one of its leading themes.

The principal researcher of AU in the EUCROSS project is Adrian Favell.

Adrian FAVELL joined Aarhus University as Professor of European and International Studies from University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. He is a PhD of the European University Institute, Florence (1995), and works as an interdisciplinary, mixed methods sociologist in the fields of international migration, EU and regional studies, urban studies, and global popular culture. Among his most relevant publications: Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain. Palgrave, London, 2001; Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008; Pioneers of European Integration: Citizenship and Mobility in the EU. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2009 (with E. Recchi, eds); ‘Immigration, migration and free movement in the making of Europe’, in J.C. Checkel and P. J. Katzenstein, European Identity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009; ‘The sociology of the EU: an agenda’, European Union Politics, 10, 4: 550-576, 2009 (with V. Guiraudon); Personal website:

David REIMER is a Postdoc Researcher at the School of Education of Aarhus University. He worked six years as junior researcher at the University of Mannheim, where he obtained his PhD (2009). He is a quantitative survey specialist, specifically interested in how different institutional contexts in Europe affect individual action and life chances. His most recent publications are: ’Educational Expansion and its Consequences for Vertical and Horizontal Inequalities in Access to Higher Education in West Germany’. European Sociological Review (advance access publication: DOI:10.1093/esr/jcp029 (1-17) (with R. Pollak); ’Highly Educated but in the Wrong Field? Educational Specialisation and Labour Market Risks of Men and Women in Spain and Germany in Higher Education’. European Societies, 11(5): 723-746, 2009; ’Labor Market Effects of Field of Study in Comparative Perspective: An Analysis of 22 European Countries’. International Journal of Comparative Sociology. 49 (4-5): 233-256, 2008 (with C. Noelke and A. Kucel).

Janne Solgaard JENSEN is a PhD student in European Studies at the Institute for Culture and Society of Aarhus University. From Aarhus University, she holds a BA in Anthropology (2009) and a Master in European Studies (2012). She specialises in qualitative and ethnographic methods, specifically interested in investigating the many facets of everyday life and participation in European social spaces in Aarhus and Denmark. In the EUCROSS project, Janne is responsible for the PR- and other communication in Danish as well as conducting the qualitative interviews among Danish citizens. She is also a co-auther of the first publication from the EUCROSS project: ‘The Europeanisation of Everyday Life: Cross-Border Practices and Transnational Identifications among EU and Third-Country Citizens. State of the Art Report.

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Partner 4. Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)


The Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals is a graduate teaching and research institution created in 2004 on the initiative of the CIDOB Foundation and five public universities in Barcelona, namely: the University of Barcelona (UB), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Other institutions supporting the IBEI are the Government of Catalonia, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the City Council of Barcelona, the Barcelona County Council and the Municipalities Association of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, all represented in the Board. In conjunction with its research activities, IBEI offers a Master's degree program in International Relations, awarded by the UB, UAB and UPF. The IBEI supports research in all fields of international political economics, international relations, international security, foreign policy and comparative public policy. The research programs articulate topics and relevant questions of a cross-sectional character in the international arena, and embrace a theoretical orientation.

The principal researcher of IBEI in the EUCROSS project is Juan Díez Medrano.

Juan DÍEZ MEDRANOis a Professor of Sociology at the Universidad de Barcelona and Coordinator of the Research Program ‘Institutions and Networks in a Globalized World’ at IBEI. He obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan (1989) and was formerly employed by the University of California, San Diego (1989-2003) and the International University Bremen (2003-2004). He is the author of Divided Nations (Cornell University Press, 1995); ‘Nested Identities: National and European Identity in Spain’ (with Paula Gutiérrez) (2001, Ethnic and Racial Studies); Framing Europe (2003, Princeton University Press), and ‘The Public Sphere and the European Union's Political Identity’ (2008, in Checkel and Katzenstein, Eds., European Identity, Cambridge University Press). He has also been a Visiting Scholar at ZUMA (Mannheim, Germany), the WZB (Berlin, Germany), Sciences Po (Paris, France), and the Freie Universität Berlin (Kolleg Forschungsgruppe ‘The Transformative Power of Europe’, 2009). In recent years, he received research funding from the EC FP6, as national coordinator of the project He is also the national coordinator of the ESF sponsored project ‘Political Communication Cultures in Western Europe’ and the Main Project Coordinator of the ESF sponsored Project EUMARR on binational marriages between European Union citizens. Other activities include work as Program Specialist (P-3) for UNESCO. In 2007 he was part of the international committee that evaluated the European Social Survey for the European Science Foundation. Finally, he is a regular reviewer for American Journal of Sociology, European Union Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Social Forces, Social Problems, and Ethnic and Racial Studies, among others. 
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Partner 5. University of York


The Department of Sociology at the University of York was confirmed by the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 to be one of the top four research Departments in the UK (along with Manchester, Goldsmiths and Essex). It has five research clusters: Science, technology and media; culture and media; language and interaction; gender and sexuality; social informatics and urban studies. Between 2000 and 2008 it earned £3 million in external research funding (one of the highest per capita rates in the UK), including significant amounts from EU sources and hosting a Marie Curie Training Network between 2002 and 2005. The EUCROSS research project will form part of a new research cluster on ‘European Cultural Sociology’ to be led by Professor Savage, which will build on collaborations developed as part of the Social and Cultural Differentiation network (Danish funded 2007-2010). Professor Savage will remain a Visiting Fellow and Consultant at CRESC, University of Manchester, where he can retain collaborations with existing researchers.

The principal researcher of UNIYORK in the EUCROSS project is Mike Savage.

Mike SAVAGE (BA York, MA, PhD Lancaster) has been Professor of Sociology at Manchester since 1995 and has moved to University of York in October 2010. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences in 2003 and Fellow of the British Academy in 2007, and has been Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris. His research interests are in the sociology of stratification and inequality, with particular interests in middle class formation, urban sociology, cultural divisions and cultural capital, social research methods, including the use of visual methods, the historical analysis of social science methods. His recent books include: Culture, Class, Distinction, London, Routledge, 2009 (with T. Bennett, E. Silva, A. Warde, M. Gayo-Cal, D. Wright); Remembering Elites, Oxford, Blackwell, 2008 (with K. Williams, eds); Networked Urbanism, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008 (with T. Blokland); Globalisation and Belonging, London, Sage, 2004 (with G. Bagnall and B. Longhurst); Class Analysis and Social Transformation, Milton Keynes, Open University Press, 2000.

Laurie HANQUINET (PhD, Free University of Brussels) is Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences based in the Department of Sociology at the University of York. She has been employed as Researcher at the Groupe d'Etudes sur Ethnicité, Racisme et Migration at the Free University Brussels, where she conducted research on cultural participation in the French speaking areas of Belgium. Her doctoral work was a mixed methods study of visitors to museums and art galleries in Belgium. She has experience of collecting survey data, as well as conducting qualitative interviews. She is proficient in the use of multiple correspondence analysis which will be used in the project.

Deniz DURU (BA SOAS, PhD Sussex) is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Sociology Department, the University of York. Within the EUCROSS project, Deniz is responsible of conducting and analysing qualitative interviews with the Turkish migrants in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Romania. She did her BA degree in Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London (2005-2008). She undertook her PhD degree in Social Anthropology between 2008-2012, at the University of Sussex (funded by ORSAS, Anthropology Departmental Fellowship and Funds for Women Graduates). She worked on "Coexistence and Conviviality in Multi-Faith, Multi-Ethnic Burgazadasi, the Princes Islands of Istanbul". She also taught anthropology courses as an Associate Tutor at the Department of Anthropology, at Sussex, between 2008-2012.

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Partner 6. University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work


Established in 1864, the University of Bucharest is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Romania. The University offers a variety of courses at all levels of higher education: 22 shortduration programs, over 60 long-duration programs, 12 long-duration distance learning programs, over 100 master and advanced study programs, over 50 doctoral programs, advanced postgraduate programs, and programs of professional conversion and perfection. With its over 50 associated institutes, departments and research centers, the University of Bucharest is also one of the most important research institution in the country, successfully competing for national and international research funds. The University recent portfolio of research activities includes several FP6 and FP7 EUfunded projects.
Comprising two departments (Sociology and Social Work), the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work is one of the largest intitutions under the University of Bucharest umbrella. Research is supported by eight research centers focused on Social Structures, Geopolitics, European Studies of Labor Force, Employment and Social Policies, Media Studies, Third Age, Social Policies and Human Resources. Jointly with the Research Institute for the Quality of Life (Romanian Academy of Science), the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work is hosting the national Romanian institution specialised in archiving data collections produced by social research – RODA (CESSDA and IFDO member).

The principal researcher of BUCHAREST in the EUCROSS project is Dumitru Sandu.

Dumitru SANDU is a professor in the Sociology Department, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work. His current research and teaching areas are focused on transnational migration, public opinion and states of mind sociology, community and regional development. He has long experience in survey design and data analysis for international (World Bank, Eurobarometer) and local institutions. His main publications that are relevant for the project are: ‘Emerging transnational migration from the Romanian villages’, in Current Sociology, 2: 555-582, 2005; ‘Home orientation in transnational spaces of  Romanian migration’,in Studia Sociologia, 2: 15-36, 2010; ‘Modernising Romanian society through temporary work abroad’, in   Richard Black et al. (eds.) ,  A Continent Moving West? EU enlargement and labour migration  from   Central and Eastern Europe,   Amsterdam University Press, 2010; ‘Before crisis: gender and economic outcomes of the two largest immigrant communities in Spain’, (with Cristina Bardatan) [International Migration Review 46, 1, 2012].  

Monica SERBAN is an associate lecturer in the Sociology Department, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work and a principal research fellow with RODA research center (University of Bucharest). She holds a PhD in sociology at the University of Bucharest (2009). Her current fields of interests are in: migration policies, social/migration networks, transnationalism, social capital. Her relevant publications for the project are: ‘Mecanismos de desarrollo de la migracion a nivel de comunidad: redes de migrantes y tipos de vinculos’, Migraciones, 21: 159-188, 2007; ‚Les ‘Dogènes’ de Dobroteşti à l’ètrangere. Étude sur la circulation migratoire en Espagne’, in D. Diminescu (ed.) Visibles mais peu nombreux. Les circulation migratoires roumaines, Paris, Édition de la Maison des sciences de l’homme, 2003.

Alin CROITORU is a doctoral student at the University of Bucharest in the field of Sociology. He is primarily interested in the fields of entrepreneurship and international migration. One of the main aims of his doctoral work is to explore the nature of the relationship between the individual's experience of international migration and entrepreneurial behavior. For the 2011-2012 academic year he was a visiting scholar at the Graz Schumpeter Centre (Austria). Currently, he teaches 'Contemporary sociological theories' at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work.
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Hena e Plote Beder University - Albania


Under the supervision of Professor Ahmet Ecirli, Hena e Plote University coordinated survey research on the Turkish residents in Romania.

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