She currently works as the project manager and research coordinator of the “Made Real” project on alternatives to detention for asylum seekers in the EU led by the Odysseus Academic Network. She also regularly gives lectures on migration and asylum issues. After studying Arabic and Economics at Durham University (UK) and specializing in Middle Eastern politics and economics, she went on to do a MA in International Relations & European studies at the Institute for European and International Studies (France) and a DU in ethno-psychology. Passionate about human rights and humanitarian work, she has worked in the last 10 years in and outside Europe with a wide range of governmental and non governmental organizations (OFPRA, UNHCR, Handicap International, ICMC and MSF) on refugee/migrant identification and protection, empowerment and autonomy for people with disabilities and access to healthcare in emergency settings. More particularly, she coordinated the “DRIVE” project in 2010-2011, which aimed to improve identification and referral of boat people at arrival in the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece, Spain, Malta).