Giulia Montefiore

Giulia Montefiore is a PhD researcher at the Department of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and holds a “laCaixa” INPhINIT pre-doctoral Fellowship.

She is part of the REFORMED project and works on the country case of Italy. Her doctoral work centers on the political sociology of school autonomy and accountability reform and on the enactment of these policies, with a specific focus on the use schools make of data from the Italian national large-scale assessment tests. Before her PhD, she was part of the REFORMED team as an intern and focused on the data-collection for the School Autonomy with Accountability world Atlas, researching national large-scale assessments and their use in middle- and low-income countries.

Giulia holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Education Policies for Global Development (GLOBED) (2019) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Oslo and the University of Malta. Her Master’s thesis focused on the policy-making process and on the enactment in schools of the 2015 Italian education reform. Giulia also holds a B.A. Degree in Politics & International Relations and Economics (2016) from the University of Durham (U.K) and a Certificate of Political Studies from Sciences Po Aix (France). Her Bachelor’s thesis qualitatively examined the effects of residential segregation on Roma minority access to education in the city of Rome, Italy.

She has undertaken a PhD research stay at the Research Institute on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). Before her PhD, she worked as an intern for a member of the Italian Parliament in the Culture, Science and Education Commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 2019, was an intern at the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy at Ulster University (UK), where she worked on the 2013 Knowledge Economy Index and on the Northern Ireland Economy databank, and worked as an intern for a management consulting firm in Milan in 2016.

Her research interests beyond political sociology, school autonomy and accountability policies, and data-use, include educational inequalities and school segregation.

Email: Giulia.Montefiore(a)