Lorenzo Vianelli

Lorenzo Vianelli

Postdoctoral researcher

Faculté ou Centre Faculté des Sciences Humaines, des Sciences de l'Éducation et des Sciences Sociales​
Department Département Géographie et aménagement du territoire
Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

Lorenzo Vianelli joined the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Luxembourg in January 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher. He is the principal investigator of the CONDISOBS project, which is funded by a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. CONDISOBS provides a multi-sited qualitative study of the three key measures that were undertaken after the so-called “refugee crisis” to govern asylum seekers’ mobility in the EU, which is to say hotspots, relocation schemes and border controls.

Lorenzo obtained his PhD at the University of Warwick (UK) in 2018. His thesis – “Governing Asylum Seekers. Logistics, Differentiation, and Failure in the European Union's Reception Regime” – employs Foucauldian analytical tools to explore the multiple and contested ways through which asylum seekers are governed through reception in diverse contexts in the EU. After the PhD, he was involved in the H2020 project CEASEVAL, in which he carried out a study of the Luxembourgish reception system. He was also a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Exeter (UK), where he was involved in the ERC-funded project ASYFAIR on the fairness and consistency of asylum adjudication processes in several EU countries.

Lorenzo has an extensive experience in the field of asylum reception and procedure, which he acquired through scientific research, work experiences and membership in associations. His research cuts across political and human geography, politics and anthropology, and focuses on reception policies and practices, border struggles and “secondary movements” in the EU.

Research interests

  • Migration and asylum
  • Borders
  • Common European Asylum System
  • Michel Foucault’s thought
  • Geographical and anthropological approaches to the study of the state, bureaucracies and institutions

Last updated on: lundi 02 mars 2020

Academic positions

  • January 2020-January 2022: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Luxembourg – H2020 project CONDISOBS (https://condisobs.uni.lu/)
  • March 2019-January 2020: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter – ERC project ASYFAIR (https://asyfair.com/)
  • August 2018-December 2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Luxembourg – H2020 project CEASEVAL (http://ceaseval.eu/)


  • 2018: PhD in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK
  • 2013: Specialisation course in Anthropology of Migration, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
  • 2008: MA with distinction in International Cooperation, Regulation and Protection of Rights, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2005: BA in Cultures and Human Rights Studies, University of Bologna, Italy

Grants (selected):

  • 2020-2022: H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, 2 years (full-time)
  • 2013-2017: Chancellor’s Scholarship by the Graduate School of the University of Warwick, 3.5 years (full-time)
  • 2005: Visiting Fellowship for a research period abroad by University of Bologna

For a selected list of conference presentations, please visit my profile at: https://uni-lu.academia.edu/LorenzoVianelli


Last updated on: 29 avr 2020

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See detailWarehousing asylum seekers: The logistification of reception
Vianelli, Lorenzo

in Environment and Planning. D, Society and Space (2021)

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See detailWaiting as probation: selecting self-disciplining asylum seekers
Vianelli, Lorenzo; Gill, Nick; Hoellerer, Nicole

in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2021)

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See detailUsing multi-member panels to tackle RSD complexities
Hambly, Jessica; Gill, Nick; Vianelli, Lorenzo

in Forced Migration Review (2020), (65), 32-35

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See detailRecourir à la collégialité pour réosudre les complexités de la DSR
Hambly, Jessica; Gill, Nick; Vianelli, Lorenzo

in Forced Migration Review (2020), (65), 32-35

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See detailEl empleo de comisiones compuestas por varios miembros para abordar las complejidades de la DCR
Hambly, Jessica; Gill, Nick; Vianelli, Lorenzo

in Forced Migration Review (2020), (65), 32-35

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See detailProteggere o controllare? Il sistema europeo comune di asilo nello spazio Schengen
Vianelli, Lorenzo

in Zapruder (2020), 51(Jan-Apr 2020), 34-53

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See detailLe rôle des acteurs locaux dans l’accueil des demandeurs d’asile et des réfugiés au Luxembourg
Oesch, Lucas; Lemaire, Léa; Vianelli, Lorenzo

Article for general public (2019)

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See detailNational report on the governance of the asylum reception system in Luxembourg
Vianelli, Lorenzo; Oesch, Lucas; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2019)

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See detailGenerosità, altruismo, aspettative. Narrazioni e silenzi dei volontari
Vianelli, Lorenzo

in Sorgoni, Barbara (Ed.) Etnografia dell'accoglienza. Rifugiati e richiedenti asilo a Ravenna (2011)

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See detailIl rifugio: diritto o privilegio?
Gianfagna, Giulia; Urru, Rossella; Vianelli, Lorenzo

in Gozzi, Gustavo; Sorgoni, Barbara (Eds.) I confini dei diritti. Antropologia, politiche locali e rifugiati. A cura di G. Gozzi e B. Sorgoni (2010)

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