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Nicola MAI


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Institute for the Studies of European Transformations ISET - London Metropolitan University, 166-220 holloway Road, N78DB, London, UK


Domaine de recherche

Nick Mai is Reader in Migration Studies at ISET, the Institute for the Study of European Transformations of London Metropolitan University. Since the late 1990s Nick researched the mobility of minors and young migrants from Eastern Europe (Albania, Romania) and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia) into and within the EU, their strategies of survival and the associated risks and opportunities, including issues of exploitation and the engagement in illegal activities. His current research focuses specifically on the global sex industry as a space within which migrants (and non migrants) both challenge and reproduce established intersections between social mobility, gender and sexuality. Between 2007 and 2009, Nick was the Principal Investigator of a two-year project on the nexus between migration and the sex industry in the UK (, which was funded by the ESRC (UK Economic and Social Research Council).


An expert in the area of migration, gender, sexuality, trafficking, vulnerability and social intervention, Nick Mai has on-going collaborations with several universities, NGOs and EU institutions and worked as research consultant with key international non-governmental (Save the Children) and inter-governmental (International Organisation for Migration – IOM) organisations. The findings of his research informed public debates and both academic peer-reviewed and policy-relevant national and international publications. They have inspired participative methodological approaches to research the nexus between independent child migration, vulnerability and social interventions ( and have impacted on policymaking addressing migration, social cohesion and sex work in the UK, in other EU countries (France, Italy) and internationally (Albania, Australia).



mots-clés : Migration, humanitarian intervention, sex work, trafficking, sexuality, gender, queer studies.




  • Since 2008, Nick Mai has been convening the MA Migration and Social Cohesion and leading the preparation and validation of three MA modules on different aspects of migration, which are currently being taught as part of the MA Managing Equality and Diversity of London Metropolitan University.



Responsabilités principales

  • My current position involves the identification of funding and research opportunities, the preparation of successful research proposals, the delivery of research projects according to time and budget and the writing up of research findings in academic and/or practice relevant publications.



Principales publications


  • 2003, (avec King R., and Dalipaj M.) Exploding the Migration Myths. Analysis and Recommendations for the European Union, the UK and Albania, London: Oxfam and Fabian Society.

  • 2008, (avec King R.) Out of Albania, Oxford: Berghahn.

  • 2012, (avec Hickman,M., and Crowley, H.) Migration and Social Cohesion in the UK, Palgrave Macmillan.



Chapitres d’ouvrages

  • 2001, ''Italy is Beautiful': the role of Italian television in the Albanian migratory flow to Italy’, in King, R. and Wood, N. (eds) Media and Migration: Constructions of Mobility and Difference, London: Routledge, pp. 95-109.

  • 2001, 'Transforming traditions: a critical analysis of the trafficking and exploitation of Albanian girls in Italy', in King, R. (Ed) The Mediterranean Passage Migration and New Cultural Encounters in Southern Europe, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 258-278.

  • 2001, 'The Archives of Memory: Specific Results from Research in Serbia', in Losi, N. Passerini, L. and Salvatici, S. (eds.) Archives of Memory: Supporting Traumatised Communities through Narration and Remembrance, Geneva: International Organization for Migration, Psychosocial Notebook Vol. 2, pp. 87-135.

  • 2002, "Myths and moral panics: Italian identity and the media representation of Albanian immigration", in Grillo, R.D. and Pratt, J. (eds.) The Politics of Recognising Difference: Multiculturalism Italian Style. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 77-95.

  • 2002, 'Youth NGOs in Albania: civil society development, local cultural constructions of democracy and strategies of survival at work', in Schwandners-Sievers, S. and Fischer, B. J. (eds) Albanian Identities: Myth, Narratives and Politics, London: Hurst, pp. 215-225.

  • 2004, Albanian Masculinities, Sex work and Migration: Homosexuality, AIDS and other Moral Threats, in Worton, M. and Wilson-Tagoe, N. (eds) National Healths: Gender, Sexuality and Health in a Cross-cultural context, London: UCL Press, pp.45-58.

  • 2005, avec Kapllani, G., “Greece belongs to Greeks!: the case of the Greek flag in the hands of an Albanian student”, in King, R., Mai, N. and Schwanders-Sievers, S. (2005) (eds) The New Albanian Migration, Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, pp. 153-172.

  • 2007, ‘Errance, Migration and Male Sex Work: on the Socio-cultural Sustainability of a Third Space’ in Ossman, S. (Ed.) Places We Share: Migration, Subjectivity, and Global Mobility, Lanham (MD): Lexington Books, pp. 97-120.

  • 2007, ‘Albania’, in Poddar, P., Patke, R. and Jensen, L. (eds) A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in Continental Europe and its Empires, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 270-71.

  • 2008, Albanian migrations: demographic and other transformations, in Batt, J. (Ed.) Is there an Albanian question? Paris: EU Institute for Security Studies, pp. 61-72. Available online:

  • 2011, ‘Marginalised (Male) Young Migrants in the EU: Caught Between the Desire for Autonomy and the Priorities of Social Protection’, in Migrating Alone: Unaccompanied and Separated Children’s Migration to Europe, Paris: UNESCO, pp. 69-90.



Direction d’ouvrage et de numéros de revue

  • 2003, avec Schwandners-Sievers S. (eds) Albanian Migration and New Transnationalisms, special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 29(7).

  • 2005, avec King R., & Schwanders-Sievers S. (eds) The New Albanian Migration, Brighton: Sussex Academic Press.

  • 2009, avec King, R. (eds) ‘Love, Sexuality and Migration’, guest-edited special issue of the Mobilities journal, 4(3).




  • 2003, 'The cultural construction of Italy in Albania and vice versa: migration dynamics, strategies of resistance and politics of mutual self-definition across colonialism and post-colonialism' in Modern Italy, 8(1), pp. 77-94.

  • 2004, avec King R., 'Albanian immigrants in Lecce and Modena: narratives of rejection, survival and integration', Population, Space and Place, 10(6): pp. 455-478.

  • 2004, ‘Looking for a More Modern Life…’: the Role of Italian Television in the Albanian Migration to Italy in Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 1(1), pp. 3-22. Available online:

  • 2005, ‘The Albanian Diaspora in the Making: media, transnational identities and migration’, in Georgiou, M. and Silverstone, R. (eds) Media and Participation in Multicultural Societies, special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, pp. 543-561.

  • 2005, ‘Transnational Media and Migration: the re-negotiation of ‘youth identities’ within the Albanian migratory flow’, in Transitions, Vol. 45 Issue 1, pp.79-91. Available online:

  • 2006, avec King R., Dalipaj M., Gendering migration and remittances: evidence from London and northern Albania’ in Population, Space and Place, 12(6), pp. 409-434

  • 2009, avec King, R., ‘Italophilia meets Albanophobia: paradoxes of asymmetric assimilation and identity processes among Albanian immigrants in Italy’, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32(1), pp. 117 – 138.

  • 2009, King R., ‘Love, Sexuality and Migration: Mapping the Issue(s), Mobilities, 4(3), pp. 295-307.

  • 2009, ‘Between minor and errant mobility: the relation between the psychological dynamics and the migration patterns of young men selling sex in the EU’, Mobilities, 4(3), pp. 349-366.

  • 2010, The politicisation of migrant minors: Italo-Romanian geopolitics and EU integration’, AREA, 42(2): 182-9.

  • 2011, ‘Tampering with the Sex of “Angels”: Migrant Male Minors and Young Adults Selling Sex in the EU’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37(8): 1237-1252.

  • 2012, ‘Embodied Cosmopolitanisms: the Subjective Mobility of Migrants Working in the global sex industry, Gender, Place and Culture, published online (forthcoming in press) DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2011.649350.

  • 2012, The Fractal Queerness of Non-Heteronormative Migrants Working in the UK Sex Industry, Sexualities (forthcoming)



Autres publications

  • 2007, Young and Minor Migrants’ Errant Mobility and Involvement in Sex work within the EU, available online in English as ISET Working Paper 2:

  • 2008, avec Hickman M., Crowley H., Immigration and Social Cohesion, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, available online:


  • 2008, Opportunities and Challenges for Social Intervention Aimed at Migrant Minors, Save the Children Italy, Rome.

  • 2009, Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry – Policy Relevant Report, ISET (London Metropolitan University, available online:

  • 2010, The Psycho-Social Trajectories of Albanian and Romanian 'Traffickers', available online in English as ISET Working Paper 17:

  • 2011, Albanian Migration to Italy: towards differential circularisations? Final report of the METOIKOS project, available online:

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