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Prof. dr. V. Mazzucato (Valentina)
Professor of Globalisation and Development
- Faculty / Department
- Arts and Social Sciences, Technology & Society Studies
Phone number: +31 43 388 3381
Location: A1.002 - Grote Gracht 82
Prof. dr. Valentina Mazzucato joined the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2008. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on theories of globalisation and development; transnational migration; and supervises Bachelor papers and Master theses related to those topics.
Prof. Mazzucato heads three international, multi-year and interdisciplinary research programmes on transnational migration (see Research) in which she collaborates with European and African universities. These programmes focus on transnational migration between Africa and Europe, looking at economic as well as socio-cultural impacts on migrants and their home communities.
She has served on the 15-member international expert committee on migration and development research of the Social Science Research Council of the US. She also served on the World Connectors' Migration and Development group charged with brining issues related to migration to a broader public. She regularly gives keynote speeches in academic and policy-oriented events.
Before coming to Maastricht, Prof. Mazzucato lived and worked in and on Africa for over twenty years, focusing on West Africa (Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana).
You can view Prof. Mazzucato's inaugural lecture, held on 11 June 2010 at Maastricht University, entitled "Bridging boundaries: Transnationalism and migrants' lives in a globalizing world", on the You Tube channel of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Professional Career History
Valentina Mazzucato obtained her PhD (cum laude) from Wageningen University in The Netherlands with the thesis entitled, ‘Rethinking soil and water conservation in a changing society: A case study in eastern Burkina Faso’ (co-authored with David Niemeijer). She received an MSc degree in agricultural economics (cum laude) from Michigan State University and a BA degree (Dean’s List) in Political Science and French Literature from Williams College in the US.
Before pursuing an academic career, she worked for international development organisations in the field of agricultural development in Africa (FAO and ISNAR). Since then she worked and lived in various African countries, primarily in West Africa. Her interest in Africa was sparked by her volunteer work in a Harambee High School in northeastern Kenya where she taught nomadic Borana children Physics, Math, debate and volleyball.
- http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Faculties/FASoS/Theme/ResearchPortal/ResearchProgrammes/GlobalisationTransnationalismAndDevelopment.htm: Research programme Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development
- http://fasos-research.nl/tcra/tcra-ghana/: TCRA
- http://fasos-research.nl/tcra/tcraf-eu/: TCRAf-Eu
- http://www.mafeproject.com/ : MAFE
- http://www.norface.org/index.html: NORFACE Migration
- http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/show/id=4426029/langid=42: Maastricht Migration
- http://ghanatransnet.org/ : Ghana TransNet
Prof. Mazzucato helped develop and is currently teaching in the newly accredited MA Globalisation and Development Studies. She engages in the following:
- Teaching the course ‘Transnational Migrant Networks and Flows’ which focuses on a transnational approach to the study of migrants in receiving countries, their ties with their home countries and relationships within transnational networks. The course also teaches about in-depth interview techniques through hands-on exercises and reflexivity in research through the analysis of migrant films.
- Lecturing in the courses: ‘Research Methods in Globalisation and Development’; Globalisation and Poverty: A Connected World’; ‘Theories and Histories of Globalisation and Development’.
- Supervising MA theses on the topic of migration.
- Teaching honours classes to groups of 5 students, each year on a different topic relating to transnational migration
- Guest lecturing in various bachelor and master programs within Maastricht University
- Supervising PhD candidates
- Externally examining PhD candidates internationally and within the Netherlands.