Malta – COI

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Daniela DeBono


Daniela DeBono is a Senior Lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at the Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University, Sweden. Her main research interests lie in the migration-human rights nexus. These research interests, as well as her ethnographic and qualitative research skills, reflect her training in anthropology, sociology, human rights and migration studies. Her PhD project sought to identify the cultural and socio-political aspects of Maltese culture which hinder the adoption of human rights within the irregular migration field (Sussex Centre for Migration Research- Sussex, UK). More recently, she is working on a qualitative project which uses children’s rights as a framework to analyse the child fostering system in Malta. Her work in these areas has been published in international journals, as book chapters and open-access publications. Daniela is also the Malta country expert at the EUDO Citizenship Observatory housed at the European University Institute, Florence. Daniela has lectured at the University of Sussex (associate tutor: 2009-2012), the University of Connecticut in London (2011-2012) and given guest lectures at the University of Malta (2014). She has held managerial positions with Caritas Malta HelpAge, the National Commission Persons with Disability (Malta) and the Commissioner for Children (Malta). She volunteered with a number of organisations which included the Jesuit Refugee Service Malta, Initiatives of Change International, the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission (Malta), the Young Christian Workers (Malta) and the National Youth Council (Malta).

Dr Jon Mitchell

Dr Mitchell is a Social Anthropologist. He has conducted fieldwork in Malta since 1992 and returns regularly to keep in touch with developments in the country. He has published widely on themes such as nationalism, political corruption and human rights; and the Anthropology of Religion, including the study of ritual, religious visionary phenomena, and the relationship between religion and politics.