Benedetta Zocchi is a postdoctoral researcher working on the ERC-funded ConflictNet project within the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She is interested in migrants’ experiences of mobility and deportability across borders and on how such experiences interact with local spaces, histories, and agencies. In the context of the ConflictNet project, Benedetta focuses on the impact of ICT and social media on migrants’ livelihoods, and on issues of transnational justice affecting migrants in Africa.
Before joining the University of Oxford, Benedetta completed her Ph.D as a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar at Queen Mary University of London. Her Ph.D. thesis theorizes frontier-making as an approach to the study of prolonged assemblages of subaltern agencies, histories and subjectivities emerging with migrants' immobilisations in Europe's peripheries. During her time at QMUL, she delivered teaching on a variety of undergraduate modules in the School of Politics and IR and obtained the Associate Fellowship of Advance Higher Education.
Benedetta’s research has been published in edited books and peer-review articles and across different media platforms including news magazines, podcasts, film festivals, conferences, and photo exhibitions.