Lorenzo Piccoli

Research Fellow

Lorenzo Piccoli holds a PhD degree in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (2018). Currently, he leads the work of the Migration Policy Centre on teaching and training together with the School of Transnational Governance.

He has previously acted as the Scientific Coordinator of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research for Migration and Mobility Studies (2019 - 2021) and as Research Associate at the Global Citizenship Observatory (2018 - 2021). His research focuses on the politics of inclusion and exclusion of mobile individuals from basic rights, such as healthcare and voting.

He has published in Ethnopolitics, European Political Science, PLOS ONE, Regional & Federal Studies, and Regional Studies. His research has been featured in several international media, including Radio France International, Radio Svizzera Italiana, The Guardian, and The Washington Post.

Publications in international peer-reviewed scientific articles

 

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo, Jelena Dzankic, and Didier Ruedin (2021), ‘Citizenship, Migration and Mobility in a Pandemic (CMMP): A global dataset of COVID-19 restrictions on human movement’, Plos One. Available at https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248066

  • Comment (publication resulting from my postdoctoral time): This article introduces a new global dataset, featuring systematic information on border closures and domestic lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in 211 countries and territories worldwide from 1 March to 1 June 2020. It documents the evolution of the types and scope of international travel bans and exceptions to them, as well as internal measures including limitations of non-essential movement and curfews in 27 countries.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2019), 'Traditions of regional citizenship: Explaining subnational variation of the right to healthcare for undocumented immigrants', Regional Studies 54(11): 1498-1507Available at org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1693530.
    Comment (publication resulting from my postdoctoral time): This article makes the argument that regional governments provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants by appealing to traditions of regional citizenship: shared historical narratives concerning the inclusion of different categories of subjects considered as vulnerable, such as minors, the disabled and the homeless.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2019), 'The regional battleground: Partisanship as a key driver of the subnational contestation of citizenship', Ethnopolitics 18(4): 340-361. Available at org/10.1080/17449057.2019.1584494.
    Comment (publication resulting from my postdoctoral time): This article challenges the idea that territorial rescaling invariably leads to a race to the bottom in the provision of rights and shows that the establishment of representative and accountable government at the level of the region provides new institutional resources for political leaders to adapt, blur, and re-define the meaning of citizenship

  • Schmid, Samuel D., Lorenzo Piccoli, and Jean-Thomas Arrighi, (2019), 'Non-universal suffrage: Measuring electoral inclusion in contemporary democracies', European Political Science 18: 695–713. Available at org/10.1057/s41304-019-00202-8.
    Comment (publication resulting from my postdoctoral time): This publication presents a novel conceptual approach to electoral rights showing that the contestation of the suffrage takes place towards multiple groups of voters, at multiple levels of government, and in multiple types of elections. All authors contributed equally.

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    Peer-reviewed books/monographs

     

  • I defended my Ph.D. thesis, ‘The politics of regional citizenship. Explaining variation in the right to health care for undocumented immigrants across Italian regions, Spanish autonomous communities, and Swiss cantons’, on 11 April 2018. The jury, composed by Prof. Andrew Geddes (chair), Prof. Maurizio Ferrera, Prof. Liesbet Hooghe, and Prof. Rainer Bauböck recommended that a slightly revised version of the thesis should be submitted to a major academic publisher, such as Oxford or Cambridge University Press. I am currently preparing the revised text for submission.

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    Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

     

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2016), ‘Left out by the State, Taken in by the Region? Explaining the Regional Variation of Healthcare Rights for Undocumented Migrants in Italy, Spain, and Switzerland’, Working Paper Series of the nccr – on the move published as the proceeding of my presentation at the conference Changing Realities of Migration and Mobility (University of Neuchâtel, 23 -24 June 2016). Available at: https://nccr-onthemove.ch/publications/left-out-by-the-state-taken-in-by-the-region-explaining-the-regional-variation-of-healthcare-rights-for-undocumented-migrants-in-italy-spain-and-switzerland/

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    Contributions to books

     

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2020), ‘Diaspora Policies, Consular Services and Social Protection for Swiss Citizens Abroad’, in Jean-Michel Lafleur and Daniela Vintila (Editors), Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Beyond: A Focus on Non-EU Sending States, Springer.

  • Comment (publication resulting from my postdoctoral time): This publication shows how the Swiss Federal Council gained control over the policies of social protection towards the Swiss abroad during a relatively short period of time.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2018), 'Regional Citizenship in a System of Plural Memberships and Multilevel Rights', in Klaus Detterbeck and Eve Hepburn (Eds.) Handbook of Territorial politics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 203–214.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2016), 'Structuring Regional Citizenship: Historical Continuity and Contemporary Salience', European Yearbook of Minority Issues 2016, Nijhoff Brill, Boston and Leiden.

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    Oral contributions to conferences

     

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2020), “Did the pandemic fundamentally alter the global regime of mobility?” at Crisis Goes Viral, Istituto Svizzero, Rome, 16 June.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2019), “The regional battleground: the subnational politics of citizenship in Italy and Switzerland” at the International Conference of Europeanists, University Carlos Alberto, Madrid, Spain, 20–22 June.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2019), “Evidence for Transnational Electoral Engagement at the Local Level” at the conference Mobilities and Transnationalism in the 21st century, Reykjavik, Iceland, 28–30 April.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2018), “The regional battleground: the subnational politics of citizenship in Italy and Switzerland” at the Swiss Political Science Association Annual Conference, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 5–6 February.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2018), “Multi-level political opportunity structures: A multiplicity of routes to the enfranchisement of immigrants at the regional level” at the Imiscoe Annual Conference (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe), Barcelona, Spain, 2–4 July.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2017), “How and why regional policies regulate the rights of undocumented migrants” at IMISCOE Annual Conference (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe), University of Rotterdam, 28–3 June.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2017), “Who cares? Explaining the subnational variation of the right to health care for undocumented immigrants across Italian regions and Spanish autonomous communities” at Joint Sessions of the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), panel on “The Spatial Reconfiguration of Public Policy in Multi-Level Systems”, University of Nottingham, 25–30 April.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2017), “Citizens of the region? Comparing the realisation of the right to health for undocumented immigrants across Italian regions, Spanish autonomous communities, and Swiss cantons” at Seminar Series in Politics and Society, Collegio Carlo Alberto, 15 February.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2016), “Left-out by the state, taken in by the region? Explaining the regional variation of healthcare rights for undocumented migrants in Italy, Spain, and Switzerland” at Changing Realities of Migration and Mobility, University of Neuchâtel, 22–23 June.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2016), “Keeping the state at arms’ length: why and how Italian and Spanish regions multi-layer access to social rights for undocumented migrants” at the conference Multilayered Governance: Gains for International Migration, University of Bern, 20 April.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2015), “The contentious structure of citizenship architecture in Italy and Spain” at General Conference of the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), University of Montreal, 26–29 August 2015.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2014), “Regional spheres of citizenship. The role of sub-state regional polities in a multi-level citizenship theory” at the Graduate Conference of the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), University of Innsbruck, 3–5 June.

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    Outreach activities

     

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo and Alexandre Afonso (2020), ‘Covid-19 and the sudden death of free movement’, The Borders of Equality Podcast, University of Leiden and Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), 17 May. Available at: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g4g72-dc8bbd

  • Geddes, Andrew, Jelena Dzankic, Lorenzo Piccoli, Mehari Taddele Maru, Leiza Brumat (2020), ‘The effects of COVID-19 on mobility and citizenship’, Migration Policy Centre YouTube channel, 7 May. Available at: https://youtu.be/wGyNYScgVtU

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2020), ‘Il classismo della pandemia’, Interview on Radio Svizzera Italiana, 23 April. Available at: https://www.rsi.ch/play/radio/diderot---le-voci-dellattualita-/audio/il-classismo-della-pandemia?id=12974867

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2020), ‘Coronavirus: Citizenship infected’, GLOBALCIT Blog, 13 March. Available at: https://globalcit.eu/coronavirus-citizenship-infected/

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2020), ‘Coronavirus restrictions on movement may jeopardize the lives of the most vulnerable’, Washington Post, 5 April. Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/05/coronavirus-restrictions-movement-may-jeopardize-lives-most-vulnerable/

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2019), ‘Gendered markets for multiple passports. Dual nationality among female athletes’, GLOBALCIT Blog, 19 July. Available at: https://globalcit.eu/gendered-markets-for-multiple-passports-dual-nationality-among-female-athletes/

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2018), Who cares? Health care for undocumented immigrants in federal countries. nccr – on the move, Neuchatel, 11 September. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEmrvnKZBnM&t=13s

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2018), ‘Desire for change fueled Italy's anti-establishment vote’. Interview on Radio France International, 6 March. Available at: http://en.rfi.fr/20180306-desire-change-fuels-italys-anti-establishment-vote

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2016), ‘Italian emigrants can help win referendum, says PM Matteo Renzi’. Interview for The Guardian, 1 December. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/01/italy-referendum-constitutional-reform-expats-matteo-renzi

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2016), ‘The outcome of Italy’s referendum may be decided in Castelnuovo di Porto’, LSE Europp Blog, 28 November. Available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/70066/

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2016), ‘The Italian troublemaker: How Renzi’s European strategy is putting him at odds with Angela Merkel’, LSE Europp Blog, 9 May. Available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/70539/

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2014), ‘Italian regionalist parties will find it difficult to import the ‘Scottish model’in their push for independence’, LSE Europp Blog, 2 October. Available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/71746/

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2014), ‘Why international interdependence has reduced the costs of secession’, OpenDemocracy, 8 July. Available at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/why-international-interdependence-has-reduced-costs-of-secession/

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo (2014), ‘Civil rights: playing the territorial card’, OpenDemoracy, 8 May. Available at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/civil-rights-playing-territorial-card/

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    General contributions to science

     

  • Spokesperson (2020) for the scientific integration of the nccr – on the move at the annual Site Visit with the International Review Panel, 18-19 May.

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    Databases

     

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo, Jelena Dzankic, Andreas Perret, and Timothy Jacob-Owens (2020), International Travel Restrictions in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, nccr - on the move and GLOBALCIT. Available at: https://tabsoft.co/3fxs9d0
    Comment (publication resulting from my postdoctoral time): This global dataset tracks the evolution of the types and scope of international travel restrictions and exceptions implemented by governments in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. I led the collection of data and the coding strategy.

  • Piccoli, Lorenzo, Aurélie Pont, Christina Mittmasser, Frowin Rausis, Oliver Pedersen, Lesle Ader, Paula Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Petra Sidler (2020), Mobility and Border Control in

  • Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, nccr - on the move. Available at: https://tabsoft.co/2YqC5is
    Comment (publication resulting from my postdoctoral time): This dataset documents the introduction of border controls and restrictions to mobility introduced by 27 governments in Europe in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. I led the collection of data and the coding strategy.

  • Arrighi, Jean-Thomas and Lorenzo Piccoli (2018), SWISSCIT: Index on Citizenship Law in Swiss Cantons. Neuchâtel: nccr – on the move. Available at: https://indicators.nccr-onthemove.ch/how-inclusive-are-citizenship-laws-in-the-26-swiss-cantons/
    Comment (publication resulting from my postdoctoral time): This dataset documents the electoral legislation and the naturalisation rules in the 26 Swiss cantons. Jean-Thomas Arrighi had the original idea; we developed the coding strategy together; I collected the data.

  • Arrighi Jean Thomas, Rainer Bauböck, Derek Hutcheson, Alina Ostling, Lorenzo Piccoli (2019), Conditions for Electoral Rights 2019, San Domenico di Fiesole: European University Institute. Available at: https://globalcit.eu/conditions-for-electoral-rights/

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