Dr Valentina Mazzucato (V.)
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.