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Valeria Bello

Valeria Bello

Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University

Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility


Valeria Bello is a Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) and is the founding scientific coordinator of the UNU Migration Network, which she has coordinated from February 2014 until January 2016. She is a Political Sociologist who has taught and published in the fields of Sociology, International Relations and Political Science.

She mainly works at themes such as prejudice, extremism and the securitization of migration. Her research interests concern the role of non-state actors in the area of migration and interethnic relations and in the fields of international relations and international and human security.

Before joining UNU-GCM in December 2012, she was “Marie Curie” Intra-European Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Spain). She has also worked as assistant coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Trento (2003-2009) and assistant professor at the University of Trento (Italy) from 2005 to 2009.

She is author of the book "Internation Migration and International Security. Why  Prejudice is a Global Security Threat" (Routledge, 2017). 

Background and education

  • (2007) PhD in Sociology and Political Sociology, University of Florence (Italy)
  • (2002) MA in International Relations, Alma Mater University of Bologna (Italy)
  • (2001) BA in International Politics, L'Orientale University of Naples (Italy)


2009Maire Curie Intra-European Fellowship

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • Global Migration Group of the United Nations
  • European International Studies Association
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • UNU Migration  Network


Research interests

  • International Security
  • International Migration
  • Interethnic Relations
  • Non-state actors
  • Prejudice

Selected publications

  • Bello, Valeria.2017.Internation Migration and International Security. Why  Prejudice is a Global Security ThreatNew York and London:RoutledgeLink
  • Bello, Valeria.2016.Inclusiveness as Construction of Open Identity: How Social Relationships Affect Attitudes Towards Immigrants in European SocietiesSocial Indicators Research,126(1)Link
  • Bello, Valeria.2015.One Concept for Different Roles? Private vs. Collective Interests in Nonstate Actors’ Governance of Violence and CrimeInternational Studies Review,17(2)Link
  • Bello, Valeria.2014.Virtual belongings, dual identities and cultural discomforts: The role of Mediaspaces and Technospaces in the integration of migrantsCrossings: Journal of Migration and Culture,5(2-3)Link