Giorgia Zogu, MA

Giorgia Zogu is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Minority Rights at Eurac Research and at the University of Vienna, with a Master's degree and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna. She is also member of the interdisciplinary group "Mobile People and Diverse Societies" at Eurac Research.

The project “The political participation of immigrants in rural areas in Italy: An inquiry into place-based factors” (IB- GAPP) explores the political participation of people with a migration background in conjunction with the area in which they live. It aims to compare how immigrants participate in associations, organisations, and politics with a focus on rural areas in Piedmont, Lazio and Campania.

The PhD project contributes to the study of the processes of political involvement of immigrants based on their geographical location. Identifying various forms of political participation enables to better understand the possibilities that are available to them to participate in the political life of their communities. Additionally, the project investigates whether immigrants participate more in formal politics such as associations/organisations, political parties or informal ones; whether there are differences in the mechanisms of participation in these different geographical contexts; and what the reasons for participation in local politics are.

The project is funded by the Institute for Minortity Rights at Eurac Research in collaboration with the University of Vienna, under the supervision of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Rosenberger and Verena Wisthaler, PhD.