Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Francesco Vecchio

Dr Francesco Vecchio


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.

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Research Interests

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Arrival city and urban change
  • Labour and mobility
  • Informal economy

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  • Vecchio, F. and Gerard, A. (forthcoming 2017) (eds) Entrapping asylum seekers: social, legal and economic precariousness, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Vecchio, F. (2015) Asylum seeking and the global city, Abingdon: Routledge.

Refereed journal articles

  • Vecchio, F. and Ham, J. (2017) 'From subsistence to resistance: Asylum seekers and the other "Occupy" in Hong Kong', Critical Social Policy, 37(3), 1-21.
  • Vecchio, F. and Beatson, C. (2014) 'Asylum seekers' Occupy protest in Hong Kong', Race & Class, 56(2), 96-104.
  • Vecchio, F. (2013) 'The economy of seeking asylum in the global city', International Migration, doi: 10.1111/imig.12126.
  • Vecchio, F. and Beatson, C. (2013) 'Resisting government labelling and engaging the community: The 'March For Protection' in Hong Kong', Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, 3(1), 24-29.
  • Vecchio, F. and Crocitti, S. (2011) 'Italia e Australia: politiche e strumenti di controllo delle migrazioni a confronto', Mondi Migranti, 2, 195-227.
  • Vecchio, F. (2004) 'Razzismo in Canada: Il problema della diversità dagli occhi a mandorla', Rivista di Studi Canadesi, 17, 69-94.
  • Vecchio, F. (2003) 'Tra negoziati di pace ed elezioni politiche: Il difficile dopoguerra italiano nei giudizi della stampa anglo-canadese, 1945-1948', Rivista di Studi Canadesi, 16, 15-38.

Book chapters

  • van Liempt, I. and Vecchio, F. (forthcoming 2018) 'Refugee mobility across networks and cities', in T. Schwanen (ed) Handbook of Urban Geography, London: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Gerard, A. and Vecchio, F. (forthcoming 2017) 'Entrapping asylum seekers: Introductions' in F. Vecchio and A. Gerard (eds) Entrapping asylum seekers: social, legal and economic precariousness, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Vecchio, F. (forthcoming 2017) 'Asylum seeker materiality and identity-building: shapers of socio-legal incarceration', in F. Vecchio and A. Gerard (eds) Entrapping asylum seekers: social, legal and economic precariousness, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Vecchio, F. (2017) 'Controllo e irregolarità in Asia e Australia', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed) XXII Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2016, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 213-226.
  • Vecchio, F. (2016) 'Richiedenti asilo in rotta verso l'Australia', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed) XXI Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2015, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 269-281.
  • Vecchio, F. and Gerard, A. (2015) 'Surviving the politics of illegality', in S. Pickering and J. Ham (Eds.) Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration , Abingdon: Routledge, 179-192.
  • Vecchio, F. (2014) 'Vent'anni d'immigrazione in Asia', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed.) XX Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2014, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 287-302.
  • Vecchio, F. (2014) 'La promessa e la realtà dell'asilo in Asia', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed.), XIX Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2013 , Milan: FrancoAngeli, 203-213.
  • Vecchio, F. (2013) 'Contesti familiari e mutamenti sociali in Asia', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed.), XVIII Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2012 , Milan: FrancoAngeli, 243-255.
  • Vecchio, F. (2012) 'Documenti di viaggio e dinamiche di movimento nella regione asiatica', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed.), XVII Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2011, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 295-307.
  • Vecchio, F. (2011) 'Il lavoro, lo Stato e gli ingressi irregolari in Asia', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed.), XVI Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2010, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 311-326.
  • Vecchio, F. (2010) 'La crisi economica e le migrazioni in Australia: nuove prospettive di controllo', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed.), XV Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2009, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 329-344.
  • Vecchio, F. (2009) 'La dinamica dei flussi migratori nel Sud-Est asiatico', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed.), XIV Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2008, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 291-307.
  • Vecchio, F. (2008) 'Mobilità cinese e villaggio globale', in Fondazione ISMU (Ed.), XIII Rapporto sulle Migrazioni 2007, Milan: FrancoAngeli, 349-363.

Multimedia and other journals

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