Francesca completed her PhD in Community Psychology at the ISPA-University Institute of Lisbon in 2019, and afterwards she was a British Academy Newton International Fellow at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford (UK). Her research focuses on immigration detention in Italy, Portugal and the UK, and, in particular, on the gendered and racialised experiences of women confined in detention sites. Francesca is an Associate Director of Border Criminologies (University of Oxford), and a member of the Executive Board of the European Community Psychology Association (ECPA). She is also a member of the feminist NGO BeFree (Rome, Italy) and she worked several years as an activist and advocate for women survivors of gendered violence, including illegalised migrant women held inside Rome's detention centre.
Keywords: immigration detention; border violence and resistance; gender; intersectional feminism; community psychology.