University Ramón Llull, Barcelona, Spain
EISA Portfolios: Association Consolidation and Policy Development; Mid-Career Development
Valeria Bello is Director of the Official Master in Advanced Studies in International Affairs and Associate Professor in Sociology at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communications and International Relations, University Ramón Llull, Barcelona (Spain) and expert consultant on inequalities, migration and human security for a variety of international agencies and governments. From 2012 to 2018 she has been Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University, Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (Barcelona, Spain), where she coordinated the research area of “Migration and Inclusion”.
She has been one of the two United Nations University’s leading experts for the SDG 10: “Reducing Inequalities” for the year 2018 and is the founding scientific coordinator of the UNU Migration Network, which she has coordinated from February 2014 until January 2016. Before her experience in the United Nations, Valeria Bello was Marie-Curie Sklodowska Post-Doc Researcher at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) from 2009 to 2011. 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 holds a PhD in Sociology and Political Sociology from the University of Florence, Italy (2007), and since then she has been teaching at several universities in Europe on a variety of subjects of relevance in the fields of international political sociology and international relations. In particular, her main research interests concern the role of both identity and non-state actors in the area of migration and interethnic relations, as well as in the area of international and human security. Her works focus on prejudice, extremisms, discriminations and the securitization of migration, as well as on migration and climate change. Valeria Bello is author of several articles, special issues, policy reports and books. Her most recent book is “International Migration and International Security. Why Prejudice is a Global Security Threat” (Routledge, April 2017).