Simona Vezzoli is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is part of the research project ‘Migration as Development’, led by Prof Hein de Haas and funded by the European Research Council (ERC), which examines how processes of development and social transformation shape human migration. From 2008 to 2015, Simona was a research officer at the International Migration Institute (IMI), University of Oxford, where she worked on a project entitled ‘Determinants of International Migration’ which examined how origin and destination states and their migration policies affect the size, direction and composition of international migration. At IMI, she was a main contributor to the Global Migration Futures (GMF) project and she led the adoption and the adaptation of the scenario methodology for the study of the future of migration. The GMF research team went on to develop scenarios for Europe and North Africa and to conduct two separate consultancies on the future of migration in the Horn of Africa and Yemen and in the Pacific region. Her research interests combine the role of state (re)formation in migration, social transformations and migration as well as the study of possible future social transformations and their potential effects on migration. Her regional expertise is on international migration in the Caribbean region, particularly in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.