Michele Grigolo is FCT post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Social Studies (CES) at the Unversity of Coimbra, Portugal. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI) and the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. His research interests lie in human rights, equality and non-discrimination, especially around issues of race, religion, gender and sexuality, as well as social policy and urban politics. At CES, Michele Grigolo is developing some articles and his first monograph based on his PhD on human rights and cities. He published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the International Journal of Human Rights, and the European Journal of International Law. He co-edited the October 2011 special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies 'Shoud and Does Race "Count" in Fighting Discrimination in Europe?'. He is co-editor of the book Fighting Discrimination in Europe: The Case for a Case-Conscious Approach (Routledge 2013). Other publications include book chapters, encyclopedia articles and working papers. Currently he is completing the manuscript of his first monograph on human rights cities.


Michele Grigolo has an international research experience. Between November and December 2011 he was visiting fellow in the US. In 2010 he was visting fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Policies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. During his doctorate, he was exchange student at NYU Robert Wagner School for Public Service. In 2003, he was awarded the Robert Schuman Scholarship of the European Parliament, which he spent at the DG Research in Luxembourg. In 2002, he spent five months at the Danish Centre for Human Rights to complete his master's thesis. He has presented his work in a number of international academic events.

He has worked as researcher and teacher. Between 2008 and 2009 he was academic assistant at the EUI Max Weber Programme, where he worked on higher education policy and issues of academic careers at world-wide level. In 2009, he collaborated to a project funded by the European Parliament on mainstreaming human rights in EU external relations. Previously, he worked on a project funded by the EU Council of Regions on local and regional governments. He teaches modules on democracy, justice and cities in the core course on 'Democratic Theory' for the PhD programme 'Democracy in the 21st Century at CES. He taught European Social Policy for the MA in European Studies at James Madison University in Florence. He gave lectures and ran seminars in Italian and Spanish universities.