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Lucrezia is a Research Associate at the Department of War Studies working on research project Security Flows (‘Enacting border security in the digital age: Political worlds of data forms, flows and frictions’), funded by the European Research Council (2019-2024), led by Professor Claudia Aradau. The project examines the epistemic, political and ethical implications of the datafication of border security.

Lucrezia holds a PhD in Politics from the University of York. Her research focuses on migration and diaspora policy, citizenship studies, and il/liberalism. Lucrezia’s PhD thesis investigated state-diaspora relations in illiberal contexts by focusing on the case study of the de facto stateless Vietnamese diaspora in Cambodia. The interdisciplinary project explored the triadic nexus between Cambodia, Vietnam and the diaspora, paying particular attention to the reasons, modalities, and consequences of the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments’ engagement with the group.

The thesis argued that the insecure status of the Vietnamese is co-produced by the two states, who both view them as an inconvenience and refrain from taking full responsibility for the group. Instead, Cambodia and Vietnam engage in the ‘shared custody’ of the Vietnamese. This research made a novel contribution to the field of diaspora studies by moving beyond mainstream representations of diasporas as threats and/or resources and pointing to the role of the host-state in (co-)shaping diaspora groups and engagement.

Prior to joining the Department of War Studies, Lucrezia was a Lecturer (T&S) at Newcastle University.


Research Interests

  • Migration and digital migration studies
  • Diasporas
  • Borders
  • Citizenship
  • Il/liberalism
  • Global South



  • Canzutti, L. (2019), Co-Producing liminality: Cambodia and Vietnam's ‘shared custody’ of the Vietnamese diaspora in Cambodia. Political Geography, 71, 26-35.
  • Canzutti, L. (2019) Precarious (non-)citizens: a historical analysis of ethnic Vietnamese’ access to citizenship in Cambodia, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-21.

For an up-to-date list of publications, please consult the Research Portal at King’s.