Lavinia Kortese (L.S.J.)
Dr. Lavinia S.J. Kortese is a researcher at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law and Expertise Centre ITEM.
In this position she conducts research for European, national and regional stakeholders. Her research interests include topics related to the EU internal market (fundamental freedoms), education in the EU, recognition of qualifications, migration, and health. She is currently involved in various studies including the Erasmus+ project Link EDU-RES aimed at international cooperation in the field of joint/double doctorates and in the Interreg project Pandemric which investigates how border regions can successfully cooperate in times of crisis in the area of public procurement and cross-border emergency and ambulance care. She also carries out research activities in the area of EU citizenship and free movement of persons in the context of the EU-CITZEN project.
In May 2020, Lavinia obtained her doctorate with the dissertation titled "The Recognition of Qualifications in the EU: Blurring the Lines of Competences between the Internal Market and Education". In it, she examined the main European legal instruments and cooperation initiatives and their respective competences in the field of professional and academic recognition. The thesis furthermore examines the theme of recognition both at the European level and at the national level in a selection of EU Member States. As part of her PhD research, Lavinia analysed the mobility of health care and childcare professionals.
In 2018-2019 she was involved in the B-solutions project that led to the development of a series of documents – Roadmaps and Factsheets – with corresponding method that provide practical guidance to persons who want to work cross-border in selected professions and to the professionals who inform them. Other examples of project research include a study on behalf of the Maastricht University Medical Centre on the creation of a Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery (2018) and a study on the mobility of specialised intensive care nurses (2017). In the past, Lavinia was also part of the project team for the annual ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment and carried out extensive casuistry research of "real life cases" submitted to ITEM by professionals. In 2016, she was seconded to the Benelux Secretariat General in Brussels, where she supported the Benelux expert group on the portability of qualifications.