Dr Riccardo Armillei





Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Bachelor of Science, Rome, 2005
Master of Science, Rome, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2015


+61 3 924 46824


Dr Riccardo Armillei is Associate Research Fellow to the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, based within the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI). The UNESCO Chair conducts research into democratisation and political transformations applied in the context of Arab Spring countries (with a special focus on Tunisia). Dr Armillei undertook his Ph.D. at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research where he examined the social exclusion of Romani (‘Gypsy’) peoples in Italy. His research interests include forced migrations, minority groups, cross-cultural theories and practices.

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Research interests

Romani studies, forced migrations, social justice, cross-cultural theories and practices.


- Identity Research Network (IRN) – Swinburne University
- Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA)
- European Academic Network on Romani Studies 
- European Sociological Association (ESA) – Research stream affiliations:   Sociology of Migration
- Political Studies Association (PSA) – Research stream affiliations: Italian Politics; Rhetoric and Politics; Ethnopolitics; Comparative European Politics


Armillei, R. & Lobo, M. (2015, accepted). ‘Parallel emergencies’: Romani and Aboriginal camp dwellers in Rome and Darwin. Inaugural Conference of the Journal of Intercultural Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, November 19-20.

Armillei, R. (2015, September). The pyramidal governance of the ‘nomad camps’ in Rome: Corruption, lack of accountability and inefficiencies. 2015 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Romani Studies Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Armillei, R. & Mansouri, F. (2015, August). ‘Boat people’ in Australia and Italy: The Construction of a Pervasive Security Threat. 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015, Prague, Czech Republic.

Armillei, R. (2014, December). Romanies and the ‘nomad camps’ in Rome: Between institutional segregation and practices of resistance. Paper presented at the Identity Research Network Workshop, Melbourne, Australia.

Armillei, R. (2014, September). The Romani diaspora in Australia: ‘Lost in… Multiculturalism’. Paper presented at The European Diaspora in Australia Workshop, Melbourne, Australia.

Armillei, R. (2014, July). ‘Anti-Romani’ discourses in Italian media and politics during the ‘Nomad Emergency’. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Armillei, R. (2014, May). The ‘Emergenza nomadi’ in the Italian historical context. Paper presented at the European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Media appearances

Armillei, R. & Mansouri, F. (2015, October 21).States of Emergency. openDemocracy. Retrieved from https://opendemocracy.net/riccardo-armillei-fethi-mansouri/states-of-emergency

Armillei, R. & Demuro, E. (2015, August 21). An-other way of being in contemporary world: Reflections on Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum. Southern Perspectives. Retrieved from http://www.southernperspectives.net/region/latin-america/an-other-way-of-being-in-the-contemporary-world

Armillei, R. (2015, April 27). The ‘camps system’ in Italy: Corruption, inefficiencies and practices of resistance. European Academic Network on Romani Studies. Retrieved from http://romanistudies.eu/the-camps-system-in-italy/

Masci, R. (Presenter). (2012, June 7). Interview with Riccardo Armillei. In Interferenze Rom [Radio broadcast]. Rome, Italy: Radio Popolare Roma 103.3. Retrieved from http://www.radiopopolareroma.it/news/le-comunit%C3%A0-rom-australia-il-festival-della-poesia-e-un-brutto-episodio-di-razzismo

Lawson, T., & Armillei, R. (2011, July 9). Life inside Maribyrnong Detention Center (re-printed). Green Left Weekly, 886. Retrieved from https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48101

Lawson, T., & Armillei, R. (2011, July 8). Life inside Maribyrnong Detention Center. WikiLeaks Central. Retrieved from http://wlcentral.org/node/1997

Burchielli, S. (Presenter). (2011, April 27). Interview with Riccardo Armillei. In SBS [Radio broadcast]. Melbourne, Australia: SBS Italian Podcast.


2010-2014: Swinburne University Chancellor’s Research Scholarship (CRS)

2006-2007: Roma Tre University, Full Fee Waiver Scholarship Master of Science in Economics and Management of Co-operative Enterprise (EGIC)

2005-2006: Sapienza University of Rome, Full Fee Waiver Scholarship Master of Science in Solidarity-based Local Development (SLES)

2000-2001: Erasmus Programme (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students), Universität Bremen (Germany).


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Boat arrivals and the "threat" to Italian national security: between a "moral panic" approach and the EU's failure to create a cohesive asylum-seeking policy

R Armillei

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 141-159, Journal of applied security research, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The 'Piano Nomadi' and its pyramidal governance: the hidden mechanism underlying the 'camps system' in Rome

R Armillei

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 47-71, Romani studies, Liverpool, Eng., C1


Romanies in Italy and Australia: the concealment of the Romani culture behind false myths and romantic views

R Armillei

(2016), pp. 28-50, The European diaspora in Australia: an interdisciplinary perspective, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., C1-1


The institutional concealment of the Romanies' culture: the ongoing legacy of Fascist Italy

R Armillei

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 502-520, Social identities, Abingdon, Eng., C1


'Reflections on Italy's contemporary approaches to cultural diversity: the exclusion of the 'Other' from a supposed notion of 'Italianness'

R Armillei

(2016), Vol. 8, pp. 34-48, Australian and New Zealand journal of European studies, Melbourne, Vic., C1


The democratic 'transition' in post-revolution Tunisia: conditions for successful 'consolidation' and future prospects

F Mansouri, R Armillei

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 156-181, Revolutions: global trends & regional issues, Poznan, Poland, C1


Forgotten and concealed: the emblematic cases of the Assyrian and Romani Genocides

R Armillei, N Marczak, P Diamadis

(2016), Vol. 10, pp. 98-120, Genocide studies and prevention: an international journal, South Orange, N.J., C1


Governance of the 'nomad camps' in Rome during the 'Nomad Emergency'

R Armillei

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 199-212, Roma: past, present, future, Allemagne, Germany, B1


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