Daniela DeBono Ph.D. (Sussex) is Marie Curie COFAS Research Fellow at the Global Governance Programme. She is also Senior Lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at the Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University (Sweden) and a Research Fellow of the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare. Daniela is an Affiliated Member of the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta, the country expert for Malta at the EUDO Citizenship Observatory, and the Country of Origin contact person for Malta for the Rights in Exile Programme.
Her main research interests lie in the migration-human rights nexus, and reflect her interdisciplinary training in anthropology, sociology, human rights and migration studies. The methodology she has used in all her major projects is ethnography, including her current project which is a multi-sited ethnography. She has published on the contemporary Euro-refugee crisis, migrants' experiences of deportation from Sweden, on irregular migration and human rights in Malta, co-edited a special issue on irregular migration in southern Europe and a series of reports on citizenship. Her PhD was awarded from the University of Sussex (UK) where she was based at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, and a member of the Sussex Centre for Justice and Violence.
Daniela has also lectured at the University of Sussex, the University of Connecticut in London and the University of Malta. She has held full time managerial positions with the Maltese Commissioner for Children’s Rights, the Maltese National Commission for Persons with Disability and Caritas Malta. And has worked on a voluntary and professional basis with the Jesuit Refugee Service Malta, Initiatives of Change International, the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, the Young Christian Workers and the National Youth Council.