Pillar III


Co-ordinator: Federico Lenzerini (University of Siena)



1. Geopolitics of displacement: From Conflict to climate change

Gianni Del Panta (University of Siena)
The ‘holy’ boundaries of the nation-states have been questioning in many ways in the post-Cold War scenario. Even if many politicians and the so-called left-behind voters tend to increasingly support old and new nationalist approaches to politics, it is self-evident that several problematic aspects go beyond the competences of any single state. Climate change, refugee issues, company relocations and terrorism are just a few of those issues that can be fully understood and addressed only at a supranational level. Our aim here is to deal with such complicated and pressing topics from an unusual point of view. That is, showing how an extractive and predatory model of economic development produces environmental disasters and human displacements, creating in turn serious challenges for the survival of the planet and great political conflicts.

2. Sustainable food systems

Simone Cresti (Unisi)
The module presents key challenges such as ending hunger, ensuring food security and sustainable food production, as well as improving nutrition. This unit equips students with a critical understanding of food systems, links from food production to consumption, livelihoods, secure and safe access to food for all, and food utilisation. The module considers diverse understandings of food, from rights based approaches embedded in the food sovereignty discourse, to food security, and food as a commodity.  It explores sustainable development, environmental and resource management and conservation, and agricultural/rural production systems, as well as aid and trade.

3. Displacement and humanitarianism in open and closed settings

Andrea Contenta (MSF)
This section will analyse and address humanitarian needs of people on the move. Through case studies, students will be provided of grounded notions regarding challenges related to encampment and scattered population in open informal settings. Reflections and dilemmas on the humanitarian will be developed and touch dilemmas from refugee law and right to return to the so called ”illegal migrants” in Europe.

4. Migration - effects on health and health care access for refugees and other migrants in Europe

Ana Hagström (Center for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Stockholm)
The estimated number of displaced people has rapidly increased in the 21st century. Several factors, including war, natural disaster, poverty, violence and traumatic migration, but also prolonged asylum processes, detention, discrimination, and acculturation had a significant effect on the health and the prospect for leading a high standard of life in the receiving country. Students receive examples of migration related trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, but also issues related to national health systems and access to care.


1. FOOD SECURITY: The role of NGOs

Andrea Contenta (MSF)
This seminar evaluates two case studies from the Greater Horn of Africa, Ethiopia and South Sudan, in which food security programs played a controversial role in the on-going humanitarian crisis. The seminar is conducted by experts and practitioners who have worked in these contexts.

2. Protection and migration

Giulia Crescini
The seminar addresses the legal aspect of protection in migration context. Legal tool are often used to address and prevent harmful practices and degrading treatments to people on the move and helpers. The seminar will discusses and evaluate case studies mainly from central Mediterranean and Balkan routes.

3. Mapping migration and borders externalization

Filippo Furri and Sara Prestianni