Elena Giacomelli

Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia Climate School


I am currently a Tenure Track Researcher (RTT) at the University of Bologna, I conduct my research as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Global Fellowship project "PANICOCENE. Reframing Climate Change-induced Mobilities", which aims to investigate and analyze the ways in which media discourses and narratives can lead to stereotypes of climate-induced migration, thereby influencing the perceptions of readers, general public, and ultimately decision-making, and to propose a space for collaboration among activists, artivists, journalists, and academics on the issue.

I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the DEAR project ClimateOfChange, examining the nexus between migration and the climate crisis, and the Horizon2020 project Welcoming Spaces, investigating the nexus between shrinking areas, migration and welcoming spaces.  The focus of my research was upon the themes of mobilities and migration, borders, climate change, ethnography, framing and narratives, and I utilized visual methods to work in a participatory creative manner with my participants to create space for plural narratives to emerge. 


  • [forthcoming] Giacomelli, E., Walker S. (2024). No country for young women and men? Youth perspectives on the climate crisis and (im)mobility in Senegal, in Neef A., Salami B., Pauli N. (2023) De Gruyter Handbook of Climate Migration and Climate Mobility Justice.
  • [forthcoming] Giacomelli, E., Walker. S. (2024). Encountering mobility (in)justice: perceptions and lived experiences of the climate crisis in Senegal, Mobilities.
  • [forthcoming] Giacomelli E., Walker S. (2024). Climate Diaries. Elgar Encyclopedia of Migration.
  • Giacomelli, E. (2023). Panicocene. Narrazioni su cambiamenti climatici, regimi di mobilità e migrazioni ambientali, FrancoAngeli.
  • Giacomelli, E.,  Walker, S. (2022). Contronarrazioni del cambiamento climatico. Diari di ingiustizia climatica tra Dakar e Saint Louis, Senegal, in Sociologia dell Comunicazione, 64, pp 121-140, DOI: 10.3280/SC2022-064007
  • Giacomelli E., Cappi V., & Musarò P. (2022). Perceptions and Attitudes Towards the Use of Treated Wastewater in Agriculture: a Case Study from Beit Dajan Community, West Bank. Fuori Luogo. Rivista Di Sociologia Del Territorio, Turismo, Tecnologia, 13(3), 204-217. https://doi.org/10.6093/2723-9608/9529
  • Giacomelli E. et. al. (2022). Beyond Panic: Exploring Climate Mobilities in Senegal, Guatemala, Cambodia and Kenya. https://eeb.org/library/beyond-panic-exploring-climate-mobilities-in-senegal-guatemala-cambodia-and-kenya/  
  • Giacomelli, E. Walker, S. (2022). Practices of externalization in the time of COVID-19: the case of the Italian quarantine ships. Anthology on the impact of the pandemic on border (im)mobility, Melbourne, The University of Melbourne - CONREP, pp.31-34.  https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/4370640/Anthology_Final.
  • Giacomelli E., Musarò P., (2022). After the emergency: Tensions and connections between COVID-19 and ‘migrant crisis’ representation in Italy, Anthology on the impact of the pandemic on border (im)mobility, Melbourne, The University of Melbourne - CONREP, pp. 24 - 26. Disponibile su: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/4370640/Anthology_Final.
  • Giacomelli, E., Walker, S. (2022). On board the quarantine-ship as “floating hotspot”: Creeping externalization practices in the Mediterranean Sea. Ethnography. https://doi.org/10.1177/14661381221100532
  • Giacomelli, E., Musarò P. (2022). ‘Contemporary states of crisis:  Migration, Climate Change and Covid-19’, in C. Davino L. Villani (eds.) Immunization geographies in times of emergencies, Venice: Adriatico Book Club, pp. 124-149.
  • Giacomelli, E., De Gregorio, O. (2021), ‘Reshaping “time of limbo” and “remoteness”: Everyday practices of reception of asylum seekers in Alpine municipalities in Italy’, Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 12:2, pp. 463–77, https://doi.org/10.1386/cjmc_00045_1
  • Walker S., Giacomelli E. (2021). Waste, space and mobility justice: interconnecting strands of the climate crisis as experienced in Dakar, Senegal. Lo Squaderno, 60, pp. 9-13.  ISSN 1973-9141.
  • Giacomelli, E., Walker, S. (2021). Challenging Eurocentric Perceptions of Mobility Justice through Climate Diaries [Online]. The Sociological Review. https://doi.org/10.51428/tsr.gxit8834 
  • Giacomelli, E. (2021). The Emergence of New Street-Level Bureaucracies in Italy’s Asylum Reception System. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, WIMM, pp. 272-286.   https://doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2021.1939471 
  • Giacomelli, E., Musarò P., Parmiggiani P. (2020). The ‘invisible enemy’ and the usual suspects. How Covid-19 re-framed migration in Italian media representations, Sociologia della Comunicazione, 60, pp. 119-137. DOI:10.3280/SC2020-060011