Professor Jean-Pierre Cassarino holds a Ph.D. in social and political sciences, awarded in 1998, by the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Previously, he studied political science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence where he specialized on the Middle East and North Africa region. He has lived and worked in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

He has joined the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair  as Senior Research Fellow. He is also research associate at the Tunis-based Research Institute on the Contemporary Maghreb (IRMC, Tunis). From February to July 2020, he directed the Chair of Migration Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IMéRA, Aix-Marseille University) while being on secondment from the College. Prior to this, he was part-time professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI where he supervised and managed interdisciplinary research projects on migration matters, mobilizing EU and non-EU partner institutions (Middle East, Africa and the Caucasus). In the course of his academic career, he has also worked for the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Prof Jean-Pierre Cassarino has more than twenty years of experience in comparative policy research. His research interests focus on patterns of international cooperation and modes of norm diffusion and policy transfers in dynamic regional consultative processes, especially with reference to the "management" of migration and borders. He is most interested in comparatively analyzing policy design and implementation as well as in how policy transfers are administered (and often readjusted) through processes of bilateral and multilateral consultations between the EU and third countries.

Finally, he is a member of the scientific committee of the Laboratory of Critical Studies on Forced Migration based at the University of Milan (Italy) and one of the coordinators of the research cluster “External dimension of EU migration and asylum policies” at the Academy of Law and Migration (ADiM).

His most recent publications include, among others:

  • (2020), “Are Current “Return Policies” Return Policies? A Reflection and Critique.” In Ronald Skeldon and Tanja Bastia (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development. New York: Routledge, pp. 343-352.
  • (2020), (ed.), “L’expulsion des étrangers dans le contexte euro-méditerranéen : Faire la lumière sur la zone grise”, Les Cahiers de Tunisie, Numéro spécial.
  • (2018), « Le gouvernement des migrations en Tunisie : Vers un nouveau paradigme ? » In Amin Allal et Vincent Geisser, dir., Tunisie : Une démocratisation au-dessus de tout soupçon ? Paris: CNRS Éditions, pp. 295-309.
  • (2018), “Informalising EU readmission cooperation.” In Ariadna Ripoll Servent and Florian Trauner (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research. London: Routledge, pp. 83-98.
  • (2018), “Beyond the Criminalisation of Migration: A Non-Western Perspective”, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 4(4): 397–411.

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