Donatella’s educational background includes three MAs in International Relations, European politics and Social Research (with Distinction), completed between England, Belgium and Italy, in multiple languages. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, she worked as a project manager in Prague coordinating international education programs in the NGO sector.
Donatella is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has experience teaching populism, political science and IR modules to Bachelor's students. She is interested in promoting the study of politics with young people and has been invited to speak at impact events in Birmingham and London. Supported by an ESRC knowledge-exchange grant, Donatella has also collaborated with Shout Out UK, an award-winning social enterprise promoting political and media literacy for young people, in defence of democratic sustainability.