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Dr. Eleonora Milazzo is Joint Research Fellow at the Egmont Institute and the European Policy Centre in Brussels. Her current work focuses on the policy nexus between migration, climate change, and security.

Eleonora works at the interface of academia and policy making. She has held research positions at the Migration Policy Centre in Fiesole, the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, and Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Before turning to migration and asylum in the EU, she worked in the area of climate change governance and EU-Russia relations at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow.


She holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (2021) and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College London (2021-2022). As part of her academic work, Eleonora focused on offering a normative account of the ethics of refugee protection in the EU. She has published in international academic journals on this topic and her book Refugee Protection and Solidarity. The Duties of EU Member States is due for publication with Oxford University Press in Spring 2023.


Eleonora advises UN agencies, NGOs, national authorities, and international research consortia on issues related to development cooperation, migration, displacement, and social inclusion.

Current positions

Joint Research Fellow, Egmont Institute and European Policy Centre, Brussels

The migration-climate change-security nexus

Consultant, International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Sep 2021– Aug 2021

King's College London

Postdoctoral Research Associate, ERC Project "EUSOL-Solidarity in the EU"

Jan – Apr 2021

European Social and Economic Committee, Brussels

Expert, SOC/668 Opinion on the Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion

May 2019 – Jan 2020

International Organisation for Migration, Rome

Consultant, Implementation of the Italian National Integration Plan

Oct 2018 – Jul 2019

Migration Policy Centre, Fiesole

Research Assistant

Jun – Aug 2018

ReSOMA-Research Social Platform On Migration And Asylum  

Research consultant

2015 – 2016

Global Policy Journal, Durham

Editorial intern

May – Jul 2015

Carnegie Europe, Brussels

Research intern

Jun – Oct 2014

Ecologic Institute, Berlin & Atlantic Council, Washington D.C.

European Fellow, Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders (ACCEL)

Feb – Jun 2014

Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow

Junior Research Analyst


2016 - 2021

PhD in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute

Supervisors: Rainer Bauböck, Jennifer Welsh

Examiners: Matthew Gibney, Sarah Fine


Visiting Fellowship, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

2015 - 2016

MSc in Global Politics (distinction), Durham University

2013 - 2015

Double MA in International Relations, LUISS (Rome) & MGIMO (Moscow)

2010 - 2013

BA in Political Sciences, LUISS (Rome)


Erasmus Exchange Programme, University of Amsterdam

Full CV and references available upon request.

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