Elettra enrolled in the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations for a PhD in Political Science - Human Rights Minor, offered jointly by the Department of Legal Studies, in 2016.
Her PhD project focuses on the definition - the logical possibility, justifications of transnational civil disobedience and the duties arising from such a transnational political act of dissent that expands beyond the nation-state and does not simply include citizens as its agents, nor has the state as its main target of criticism.
Her research interests include migration and political participation, cosmopolitanism, global justice and global environmental issues. She is currently chair of the Migration Research Group (MiRG) at CEU.
Previously, she obtained her European MA degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights (EIUC) in Venice, writing her thesis at the University College Dublin (UCD). Her E.MA thesis, Duty to disobey? A new perspective on the new civil disobedience, between international actors and digital media was awarded for its originality and contribution to the promotion of human rights and published with the financial contribution of the European Commission.
She completed her MA in Political Philosophy under the supervision of Pr. Doctor Ian Carter, at the University of Pavia, including one semester abroad at the University of Lisbon, and obtained her BA in Philosophy at the University of Genoa under the supervision of Valeria Ottonelli.
In between her completion of her MA and her experience in Budapest, Elettra worked as social worker with refugees both in Italy, with Caritas Italy, and in Greece, in a facility for unaccompanied minors in Samos, with Metadrasi. She has also worked with Greenpeace Italy and collaborated with Greenpeace Mediterranean.
Apart from her native Italian, Elettra speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.