Dr. Tommaso Vitale is a Researcher at the Centre d’Études Européennes et de Politique Comparée (Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics) at Sciences Po Paris. He holds a PhD in sociology (2003) and an MA in political science (1999) from the University of Milan, and is associate professor of sociology at Sciences Po Paris, where he is the scientific director of the master’s program “Governing the Large Metropolis,” and a member of the LIEPP research unit (Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire d’Évaluation des Politiques Publiques – Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies) and of the research program “Cities are Back in Town”.
His researches focuses on: Roma upward social mobility; Roma discrimination in the housing market and in public housing; segregation in Italian metropolises; urban segregation and political behavior; inclusion/exclusion of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in Paris; mechanisms of diffusion and legitimation of racism; shantytowns and integration/assimilation/incorporation; normative conflicts on urban commons in large metropolis; and theories in urban sociology and urban politics. He is a co‑founder of the UrbaRom international research network.
His previous research was in the fields of comparative political sociology (on participation, associations, civil society, and civicism) and comparative urban sociology, and he has published books and articles on conflicts and urban change, spatial segregation, social-service planning, and elite and local governance of industrial restructuring. His papers can be downloaded on Spire. He is a co‑editor of the peer-reviewed journal PArtecipazione e COnflitto. The Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies. He has been a visiting researcher at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (Indiana University Bloomington). He coordinated the comparative ANR (French National Research Agency) research project MargIn (with Olivier Legros and Celine Bergeon), and he is the principal investigator of the comparative research program R‑HOME – Roma: Housing, Opportunities, Mobilisation and Empowerment (Barcelona, Bucharest, Budapest, Milan, and Paris) and actively involved in two comparative research programs: WHIG (What is governed?) and The Evolution of Segregation in Italian Metropolitan Areas, Since 1991.