...Alessandra BuonfinoAlessandra joined the Young Foundation as Research Associate in April 2005.
time at the Young Foundation
has worked on a variety of projects ranging from Transforming Neighbourhoods to co-editing the 2006 Young Foundation book â€˜Porcupines in Winter: the pleasures and pains of living together in modern Britain', and has led on projects on neighbourliness, mapping Britain's needs and positional goods.She is currently responsible for ongoing research projects on mapping rural needs in Britain and Ireland and extremism as well as being a consultant for the British Council.She
also leads on the development of a work-strand on belonging Alessandra
regularly speaks at conferences on migration, belonging, integration and has media experience ranging from radio broadcast to British and international broadsheet newspapers.
More about AlessandraAlessandra
is an Italian citizen and currently lives in North West London.Before joining the Young Foundation, Alessandra was research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Birmingham where she worked on an ESRC funded research project on terrorism and migration and lectured on international relations theory.Alessandra has conducted social and ethnographic research in places as diverse as Barking and Dagenham, Jamaica and the European Commission; has been managing editor of the academic and practitioners' journal The Cambridge Review of International Affairs and visiting scholar at the Universite' Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. She is an associate of the think tank Demos, the consultancy Green Engage Communications and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care.Alessandra holds a first class honours degree in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Durham, an MPhil in Development studies and a PhD in international relations from the University of Cambridge.
And one thing you wouldn't guess... Alessandra
learnt English while working in a village called Lilliput in Jamaica.