Francesco Vecchio is an adjunct research fellow and was previously a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research interests span across several disciplines with a focus on mixed migratory movements, irregular border crossing and informality. After completing studies in history in Milan and intercultural studies in Padua, he gained work experience in international and non-government organisations across Europe and Asia before landing at Monash University, where he completed a PhD in criminology in 2012. His thesis revealed the experiences of people seeking asylum in Hong Kong and the practice and reason for their illegalisation.
Francesco collaborates with Vision First and Italy-based Fondazione ISMU, an independent scientific organisation developing research with a focus on international migration and social cohesion. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and part of the expanding network of researchers and non-government organisations gathered at Monash University's Border Crossing Observatory.