The University of Parma (UNIPR, Italy) is a State University and as such, it is self-governing and has research, administrative, organisational, and accountancy autonomy. The size of UNIPR (848 research staff, 854 administrative and technical staff) and the Parma lifestyle attract a large number of national and international students (~ 28.000). The University is organised in 9 Departments distributed across 3 Campuses. Overall, the University has centralized and unit-based support facilities and research and meeting infrastructure.
UNIPR is member of several international university associations and networks: European University Association - EUA, European Association for International Education - EAIE, International Association of Universities - IAU, The Conference of Italian University Rectors - CRUI, EUniverCities; Italian Network of Universities for Sustainable Development, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) network.
UNIPR has retained its position among the 30 top performing entities in Italy in the major EU funding schemes FP7 and H2020 awarding more than 90 grants so far.
At UNIPR SIRIUS is based in the Department of Economics and Management, originally the Faculty of Economics and Trade, which opened in 1954-1955. The Department hosts a large body of scholars doing research on a range of economics and social sciences issues, which includes migration, asylum and labour market.
Professor Simone Baglioni is the Coordinator and PI of Sirius. He joined the University of Parma in 2020 as chair in Sociology, prior to that he has been a professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, in the UK, and has worked at various universities (Geneva, Neuchatel, Florence and Milan-Bocconi). Professor Baglioni has extensively researched issues of migration, asylum, employment/labour market, civil society and social movements. He is the coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project SIRIUS (2018-2020) and a principal investigator in the EU Horizon 2020 projects MATILDE (2020-2022), both focusing on migration issues. Earlier, he has been a principal investigator in the H2020 projects TRANSSOL and FAB-MOVE, as well as in the EFESEIIS (EU FP7) and YOUNEX (EU FP7) projects. He serves as an expert and evaluator of research projects for various bodies, including the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the Belgian Research Council, and the Austrian Science Fund.
Martina Lo Cascio
Martina Lo Cascio is research fellow at University of Parma working in the Sirius project. Prior to joining Parma, she was research fellow at Bergamo University with a project on Supermarket Revolution and agricultural production in Italy and at the European university Institute working at the research entitled “Is Italian agriculture a pull factor for irregular migration-and, if so, why?” coordinated by Alessandra Corrado. She holds a PhD in Social and Psychological Sciences (University of Palermo). Her research focuses on migrant labour in intensive agricultural production in Southern Italy. During her PhD, she conducted an ethnographic research on olive chains in Western Sicily, focusing on seasonal workers' and producers' representations of the chains and of their own conditions.