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Prof. dr. V. Mazzucato (Valentina)


Professor of Globalisation and Development

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  • Arts and Social Sciences, Technology & Society Studies

Phone number: +31 43 388 3381

Location: A1.002 - Grote Gracht 82

Prof. dr. V.  Mazzucato


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.



  • Curriculum Vitae:  CV
  • Mazzucato’s inaugural lecture summarises some of the main lessons and findings of her research on transnational migrant networks and flows

Official Publications



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.


Extra Activities

 Academic Activities and Membership of Professional Bodies 

  • Scientific Advisory Council (Wetenschapelijk Raad van Advies) of the Africa Studies Centre, Leiden University (2014- present).
  • International Advisory Board member of VICI grant program ‘Migration Law as a Family Matter’ (2011-2016).
  • Committee member of the 2012 VENI grant Social Scientific Panel, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Committee member of the 2011 VENI grant Social Scientific Panel, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Article reviewer for Journal of Marriage and Family, Global Networks, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Geo Journal, TESG, Journal of Refugee Studies, Global Networks, Journal of Housing and Built Environment, African Affairs, Ageing and Society, Childhood, Ethnic and Racial Studies, History of the Family
  • Grant reviewer for the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO): ESR/MaGW and WOTRO
  • Grant reviewer for European Research Council
  • Grant reviewer for the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS)
  • Member of the Social Science Research Council of the United States expert committee (of a total of 15 members) (2007-2009).
  • Associate Faculty member of Princeton University, Center for Migration and Development (November 2005 to present).
  • Head of the “Transnational Links and Livelihoods Group”, an inter-university Dutch group of junior and senior researchers working on transnationalism (2004 to 2008).
  • Chair of the CERES graduate school Pathways Project group on Transnationalism (2002-2003).

 External Policy-related Roles 

  • Moderator at the public debate ‘Business development opportunities in developing countries and emerging economies: the role of government, business and education?’ with the Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen, Maastricht, 07 November, 2011.
  • ‘Diasporas connecting development and integration’ at conference Connecting Diasporas for Homeland Engagement, organized by Diaspora Forum for Development and Oxfam Novib, Soesterberg, The Netherlands, 17-19 June, 2011.
  • ‘Circular migration: are there benefits for migrant origin countries?’ presented at the EU flagship conference of the Swedish presidency to the EU, ‘Labor Migration and its Development Potential in the Age of Mobility’, Malmo, October 15-16, 2009.
  • Advisor to HM Queen Beatrix on occasion of state visit of Ghanaian President to The Netherlands, October 21-23, 2008.
  • Expert meeting on migration and development, a 5-person meeting organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, December 20, 2007.
  • Co-organization of Development Practice and Research Network day on migration and development, December 21, 2007
  • Member of the special committee on migration and development of the World Connectors, headed by Ruud Lubbers December 2006- March 2007.
  • ‘Transnational networks: Migration and development between Ghana and the Netherlands’, keynote speech, NCDO Jaardag, Amsterdam, February 1, 2007.
  • ‘Understanding migrant remittances, savings and investments from a transnational perspective’, keynote speech at IntEnt conference on Entrepreneurial Decisions across Borders, The Hague, November 22, 2006.
  • Key note speech at colloquium organized by OCIV Migration et Développement, Brussels, May 27, 2005.
  • Invited speech: ‘International remittances in Ghana: What do we know and what can development agencies do?’ International expert meeting Bridging the Gap: International Migration and the Role of Migrants and their Remittances in Development, organized by Oxfam-Novib, Noordwijk aan Zee, November 19-20, 2004.
  • ‘Do informal insurance arrangements work in a transnational context?’ Lunch lecture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 17, 2005