Serena D Agostino

Dr. Serena D'Agostino

Postdoctoral Researcher Migration, Diversity & Justice

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Serena is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for European Studies (IES) and the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She teaches "Gender, Diversity and Politics" at the Inter-University MA Program in Gender and Diversity (UGent – VUB – KU Leuven – UAntwerpen – UHasselt), and coordinates the second edition of the research programme Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe (EDGE) together with Dr. Ferran Davesa.

Serena is part of the IES cluster Migration, Diversity and Justice, as well as a member of the VUB "RHEA Centre of Expertise on Gender, Diversity & Intersectionality" and an associate member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies. She has recently defended her PhD thesis entitled "Romani Women in European Politics. Exploring Multi-Layered Political Spaces for Intersectional Policies and Mobilizations" (2013-2017), which has investigated whether contemporary European multi-layered political spaces contribute to fostering or hindering intersectional policies and mobilizations, both at the national and the transnational levels.

Serena holds a Postgraduate Certificate in EU Law on Immigration and Asylum from the 'Odysseus Academic Network' of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2013), a MA in International Politics and Relations from the University of Pisa (2009, summa cum laude), and a BA in International Communications from the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2005). During her Master, she spent a year as Erasmus student at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (I.Na.L.C.O. – Paris), Department of Hautes Etudes Internationales (HEI).

From 2009 to 2012 Serena worked in the International Development Co-operation sector in the Western Balkans and coordinated Humanitarian Aid interventions in Eastern Africa.

Her research interests include Central Eastern Europe, Diversity Governance, European policy-making, Europeanization, Equality & Non-discrimination, (Political) Intersectionality, Migration & Minorities, Roma rights, Roma women, Social Movements.

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Profile and Publications

 


Conference Papers

  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2018. Making, Unmaking and Remaking Spaces. Romani Women’s Intersectional Activism in European Transnational Politics, paper presented at the 25th International Conference of Europeanists "Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship", organized by the Council for European Studies (CES), Chicago – Illinois (U.S.A.), 28-30 March 2018.
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2017. Same Opportunities, Different Practices. The EU and Romani Women Activism in Romania and Bulgaria, paper presented at the European Conference on Politics & Gender (ECPG), Lausanne – Switzerland, 8-10 June 2017. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2017. Same Opportunities, Different Practices. The EU and Romani Women Activism in Romania and Bulgaria, paper presented at the 1st Biennial "EU in European Affairs" (EUEA) Conference, Brussels – Belgium, 22-23 May 2017.
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2016. The EUropeanization of Romani Women Activism in Romania and Bulgaria: a Two-Face Coin?, paper presented at the workshop "Ethnic Relations, Minorities and Belonging in Europe and China", organised by KU Leuven – Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies (GCIS), Leuven – Belgium, 2 June 2016. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2016. The EUropeanization of Romani Women Activism in Romania and Bulgaria: a Two-Face Coin?, paper presented at the International Conference “The European Union In International Affairs V”, jointly organized by IES-VUB, IEE-ULB, UNU-CRIS, Egmont Institute, Brussels – Belgium, 11-13 May 2016. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2015. Romani Women Activism in Romania: the ‘Transformative Role’ of the EU?, paper presented at the Gypsy Lore Society Conference on Romani Studies, Chisinau – Moldova, 10-12 September 2015.
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2015. Romani Women Activism in Romania: the ‘Transformative Role’ of the EU?, paper presented at the UACES 45th Annual Conference, Bilbao – Spain, 7-9 September 2015. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2015. Romani Women Activism in Romania: the ‘Transformative Role’ of the EU?, paper presented at the International Conference “Communication and entrepreneurship in the European context”, Bucharest – Romania, 8-9 June 2015.
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2015. Consolidated Criteria for Assessing Intersectionality Operationalization: Policies towards Roma Women in Central and Eastern European Member States as test-cases, paper presented at the 3rd “Equal is not Enough” Conference, Antwerp – Belgium, 4-6 February 2015. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2014. Enhancing the categorization of intersectional equality policies: the case of Roma women in Central & Eastern European Member States, paper presented at the ECPR General Conference, Glasgow – Scotland, 3-6 September 2014. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2014. Mapping intersectional equality policies in Central & Eastern European Member States: the case of Roma women, paper presented at the Gypsy Lore Society Conference on Romani Studies, Bratislava – Slovakia, 11-13 September 2014.

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2018. Intersectional Mobilization and the EU: Which Political Opportunities are there for Romani Women’s Activism? European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Vol. 15, Issue 01, 23-49. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2015. Consolidated Criteria for Assessing Intersectionality Operationalization in European Equality Policies: The Case of Roma Women. DiGeST. Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies, 2(3-4), 95-110. Link pdf

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2013. The Position of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Zakaria Case (C-23/12): General Observations, Rivista dell’Osservatorio sullo Spazio Europeo di Libertà, Sicurezza e Giustizia, Vol. 0, No. 2, pp. 5-11 Link

Commissioned Research & Policy Work

  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2016. Five Years of EU Roma Integration Policies: Vanishing Gender Awareness?, IES Policy Brief, Issue 2016/14, May 2016. Link pdf
  • AHRENS, Petra, D'AGOSTINO, Serena & WOODWARD, Alison. 2015. Building a gender just society. A common European Agenda for gender equality, Conference Report, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Brussels, March 2015. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2014. The Missing Piece: Empowerment of Roma Grassroots Organisations in EU Roma Integration Policies, IES Policy Brief, Issue 2014/10, December 2014 Link pdf

Newspaper Op-eds & Online Commentary

  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2017. Romnja: Longue Vie aux Activistes (in)visibles!, European Roma Information Office (ERIO), On-line Resources - Thematic: Gender. Link
  • D'AGOSTINO, Serena. 2017. Romnja: Long live the (in)visible activists!, Institute for European Studies, Newsletter March 2017 - Section: Gender & Diversity at the IES: Yes We Care!. Link