Chiara Manzoni


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Research Fellow

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Chiara joined IES in February 2016 as a Research Officer. Her main interests and experience lie in the field of vulnerable groups, including disadvantaged young people, migrants and ethnic minorities. She is an experienced researcher with expertise in a range of methodologies including ethnography, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, case study research and quantitative analysis. She is familiar with a wide range of statistical techniques, and is experienced in analysing survey and administrative data.

Before joining IES, Chiara worked as an evaluation researcher for the charity Westminster Befriend a Family, where she analysed the impact of community-based services provided to families with children and young people aged up to the age of 18. In Italy she worked for the University of Milan Bicocca as a research assistant on spatial analysis of unemployment trends. She also worked on behalf of the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) on the survey design of the 2015 National Census.

She holds a PhD in Applied Sociology and she has a wide experience on mixed quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Since joining IES she has worked for a wide range of clients including UK government departments, educational establishments and international research institutes.



University of Milan-Bicocca

PhD, Applied Sociology and social research


University La Sapienza, Rome

MA, (Hons) Sociology


University of Milan-Bicocca,

BA, Sociology



Research Consultant, University of Science PO Paris


Researcher, TNS, London


Evaluation Researcher, Westminster Befriend a Family

2014-2015 Research Assistant, National Institute of Statistic, Turin 
2013-2014  Research Assistant, University of Milan-Bicocca


Research Consultant, Aaster, Milan


Research Consultant, University of Milan-Bicocca


Research Consultant, Educational Research and training Institute, Rome


Research Assistant, National Research Council, Rome

Research publications

Articles and chapters

  • Should I stay or should I go? Why Roma migrants leave or remain in nomad camps, Manzoni C, Ethnic and racial studies, Routledge, June 2016
  • Social Impact evaluation report and Service Review Report, Westminster Befriend a Family, December 2015
  • Dentro o fuori dai campi? Gli effetti delle politiche sulle carriere abitative dei rom, Manzoni C, in Vitale T (ed.) Inchiesta sui campi rom, Part I, Firenze, La casa Usher, October 2015
  • Colmare un vuoto. Gli effetti delle politiche invisibili per i rom di Milano e Torino, Manzoni C and Sarcinelli A S, in Vitale T (ed.) Inchiesta sui campi rom, Part III, Firenze, La casa Usher, October 2015
  • Between constraints and opportunities. Housing careers of Roma migrants in Turin, Manzoni C, in Cortinovis R (ed.) Migration: Energy for the planet, Feeding Cultures, outcomes of the 2014 International Metropolis Conference, Fondazione Ismu, Quaderni Ismu 3/2015 pp. 87-94, June 2015
  • Why Roma migrants leave or remain in settlements? Different strategies of survival and adaptation among Roma in northern Italy, Manzoni C, in Tomita M and Cace S, The Second World Congress on Resilience: from Person to Society, Edimond, Monduzzi Editore Bologna 1273-1277, May 2014
  • The analysis of administrative sources through density maps, Giubileo F, Manzoni C, Parma A, Zoller L, Il Mulino, Bologna, 3: 471-490, December 2013
  • Una mappa del tesoro per Arcore [A Gold map for Arcore], Giubileo F, Manzoni C, Parma A, Zoller L, November 2013
  • Indagine sulla soddisfazione dei turisti in Lombardia nella stagione estiva 2010, Éupolis Lombardia, Milano, January 2011
  • Caminanti e Comunità locali, Studio sulle popolazioni Rom, Sinte e Camminanti presenti nelle Regioni Convergenza, Roma, May 2010

Conference appearances

  • The role of the skilled migration in the NHS, Manzoni C, Manchester as Cosmopolis: Global Migration in a Changing UK, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, May 2017
  • Bridging the gap between academia and policymakers, Manzoni C, Pathways of Roma housing inclusion, Council of Europe, Turin, Italy, March 2015
  • Roma migrants in Europe: Public engagement, active citizenship and social inclusion, Manzoni C, International Metropolis Conference 2014, European University Institute, Milan, Italy, November 2014
  • Housing First for the Roma in the 21 Century? Possibilities and limits, Manzoni C, Prague Housing first and housing ready, SPOT, Prague, Czech Republic, October 2014
  • Living in a slum waiting for a home: Survival strategies adopted by Roma, Manzoni C, Gypsy Lore Society annual meeting and conference on Gypsy Studies, The Gypsy Lore Society, Nicosia, Cyprus, September 2014
  • Why Roma migrants leave or remain in settlements?, Manzoni C, The Second World Congress on Resilience: from Person to Society, West University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania, May 2014
  • Roma camps and slums in Italy, Manzoni C, Population Management – State, Mobility, and Diversity, University of Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany, March 2014

Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Peer reviewer for the journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2016 - present)
  • Peer reviewer for the journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies (2015 - present)
  • Member Academic International Network for Research and Action on European Slums NETRACES (2013 - present)