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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

College: Robinson College


Maria Chiara Vinciguerra works on EU governance and politics, JHA affairs and anti-corruption. She has already published articles in peer-reviewed journals and newspapers such as International Migration Review and Corriere della Sera, as well as single- and co-authored chapters with Routledge and Edward Elgar publishing. Before Cambridge, Maria Chiara graduated from Bocconi University (BS, Economics). She holds a MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Hertie School of Governance. Extensive coursework in data/policy analysis and evaluation, economics, public management and statistics. Multilingual (native in Italian, fluent in English, proficient in French and advanced in Spanish) and proficient with Microsoft Office, R, Stata and NVivo. 


-          EU institutions, governance and politics

-          The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Justice and Home Affairs)

-          European integration

-          Multi-party negotiations

-          European neighborhood relations and enlargement

-          International Relations

-          Corruption and whistleblower protection legislation

-          Policy analysis and methods


Key publications: 

Vinciguerra, MC (under review, forthcoming in July 2021). The European Parliament’s role, position and bargaining strategy in the formulation of the Refugee Relocation Scheme in Ripoll Servent, A. & Tacea, A. Resilient Institutions: The Impact of Rule Change on Policy Outputs in European Union Decision-Making Processes, Politics and Governance (Special Issue).


Vinciguerra, MC (forthcoming in 2020). Latvia’s and Luxembourg’s EU Council Presidencies in the formulation of the Refugee Relocation Scheme: between national and international policy-making in Edwards, G. & Weiss, T.. Small States and Security in Europe: Between National and International Policy Making. Routledge.


Vinciguerra, MC, Ceva, E., Bocchiola, M. (2020). Heroes or Villains? A Legislative, Ethical and Policy Assessment of Whistleblowing, in Mungiu-Pippidi, A. & Heywood, P. A Research Agenda for Studies of Corruption. Cheltenham (UK) & Northampton (USA): Edward Elgar Publishing. 158-171. DOI:


Vinciguerra, MC (2019, 6 July). Il ruolo dei whistleblower contro la corruzione, Corriere della Sera.


Vinciguerra, MC (2019). Book Review [The History of the European Migration Regime, by E. Comte]. International Migration Review (IMR), 53(1), 314-315, Article first published online: September 11, 2018. DOI:


Vinciguerra, MC (2018). ERCAS Working Paper No 52, Whistleblower Protection Legislation and Corruption. European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building, Hertie School of Governance.


Vinciguerra, MC (2018, March 23). Understanding Italy’s new ‘bipolar populism’, LSE Blogs (Europp, European Politics & Policy).


Thesis Title: Understanding EU policy responses to the migration and refugee crisis: a two-level analysis of distribution and competition for power in the formulation of the Refugee Relocation Scheme and the EU-Turkey Statement
Supervisor: Dr Julie Smith