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Matilde joined the Department of European and International Studies in 2016. Her research focuses on an interdisciplinary analysis of deterrence in the context of international migration, and investigates the effects of criminalisation on people’s decision to emigrate. She has been awarded scholarships by the Luigi Einaudi Foundation and the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe.

Matilde holds an MA in Intelligence and international security from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and a BA in International and diplomatic sciences from the University of Genoa. She has worked as a trainee at the European Commission and in the business intelligence sector, focusing, respectively, on trafficking in human beings and the defence industry. 

Matilde is currently adjunct faculty at Fordham University, and has previously worked as a GTA at King’s for modules International Relations and International Political Economy. 

Doctoral Research

Deterrence and international migration: The criminalisation of irregular entry and stay in Italy and France 

Research Interests

  • International migration
  • Deterrence
  • Criminalisation
  • Policy effectiveness


Talani, L.S., and Rosina, M., (eds.) (2019, Forthcoming), Tidal Waves? The political economy of migration and populism, Bern:Peter Lang

Rosina, M. (2019), ‘Globalisation and irregular migration: Does deterrence work?’, in Talani, L.S., and Roccu., R., (ed), (2019), The Dark side of Globalisation, London: Palgrave


Professor Leila Simona Talani and Dr Roberto Roccu