Gaia Lott holds a PhD in the History of International Relations from the University of Florence (2016). She became a postdoctoral research fellow at the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi (Torino) and a visiting fellow at the Wilson Center (Washington, DC). She also worked for the Italian Ministry of the Interior as officer in charge of the assessment of asylum applications, specialized in Human Trafficking.
Her research interests include History of International Relations, History of Development, African History, Immigration Policies and Policies to contrast Human Trafficking.
She has research experience in the Belgian, French, British and American archives and has conducted several interviews with academics and politicians. She has presented her research at numerous international conferences and published articles in international journals such as African Affairs, Cold War History and Afriche e Orienti.
At the EUI, Gaia plans to further extend her research interests, focusing in particular on the Cooperation policies of the European Community in Nigeria during the 1980s and 1990s. She aims to look at these policies to assess the alleged diversity of European Cooperation, problematizing the idea of Europe as a ‘Force for Good’.
Gaia served as a teaching assistant at the University of Florence for the BA and MA course in African History.