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Giovanna is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow. Her training and professional background are in primary education, and she taught for over 20 years in Italy, Eritrea and the UK. She has a Master’s Degree in Education (Applied Linguistics) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). Giovanna’s doctoral work looked at the expectations of migration held by Ghanaian children and young people waiting to join their families in Italy, and also at the experiences and reflections of those who had recently moved. Following her PhD, Giovanna worked on a substantial number of research projects as a postdoctoral researcher, both in the School of Education and the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Amongst others, she investigated the experiences of education and other services of children of Roma background; strategies for minority and minoritised language revitalisation; the experiences of maternity care of (refused) asylum seeking women. As a consequence of her moving between several academic subjects, Giovanna’s research approach and outlook are highly interdisciplinary. Methodologically, she is especially interested in participatory action research and in the role of visual techniques in social inquiry. Giovanna is also assistant convenor for the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network, and a member of the management committee of the charity Scottish Detainee Visitors, which offers emotional and practical support to women and men detained under immigration law.