Paolo Ruspini - Ricerca all'USI
Current and/or recent research projects are listed hereafter: 1. Migration and Transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria: assessing social inequalities and regional disparities in the context of changing policies (from Jan. 2013) is a three-year joint research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation together with the Science Directorate of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, Youth and Science in the framework of Swiss contribution to the EU enlargement. The project focuses on migration from Bulgaria to Switzerland since Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 and became part of the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU in 2009. It analyses in detail, how social inequalities and regional disparities in Bulgaria as well as in Switzerland have an effect on migration flows. The other project’s members are Michael Nollert and Marina Richter (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Vesselin Mintchev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria) and Docho Mihailov (Agency for Socioeconomic Analyses, Bulgaria). 2. ISTME - In search of transcultural memory in Europe (from Dec. 2012) is the four-year COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action IS 1203 lead by the Center for European Studies of Lund University which aims to go beyond the nationally oriented memory studies that tend to reify the bond between culture, nation and memory. Instead ISTME will investigate the transcultural dynamics of memory in Europe today. Drawing on recent theoretical insights that point to the importance of memory migration, mediation and new media ISTME seeks to develop new methods for studying and comparing effects of memory transmission over cultural borders. With the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER), the ISTME Management Committee has been joined. Activity: contributions will be especially provided to the working group focusing on memory and migration (WG3). 3. ADAPT - Adapting European health systems to diversity (from Nov. 2012 -) is the four-year COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action IS 1103 lead by the University of Amsterdam, Centre for Social and Global Health which aims to promote the adoption and implementation of policies on migrant and ethnic minority health responding to the increased diversity of European societies. It builds on the achievements of COST Action IS0603 “Health and Social Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities” (HOME), which reviewed health inequalities among migrants and ethnic minorities as well as the measures designed to remedy them. ADAPT will take this work forward, identifying obstacles to translating this knowledge into action as well as ‘levers for change’. With the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER), the ADAPT Management Committee has been joined. Activity: contributions will be especially provided to the Working Group (WG) 1 “Policies and practices concerning MEM health in Europe and analysis of their sources of variation” and also to the WG 3 “Health Services for Undocumented Migrants”. 4. I-VET - Fostering Intercultural Competences of VET teachers and trainers (from Jan. 2012 -) is a two-year Lifelong Learning/ Leonardo da Vinci multilateral project “Transfer of Innovation” funded by the ch-Foundation for Federal Cooperation and led by the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training in close cooperation with the ECAP Foundation. I-VET will examine a learning model developed by a consortium of six European higher education institutions within the framework of an Erasmus Intensive Programme. It is an innovation transfer project that seeks to support the initial and continuing training of VET professionals by improving their ability to manage intercultural dynamics and communication. Activity: expertise in international and European migration will be brought in as core partner and in the scientific steering committee of the project.