Micol Brazzabeni, from 2008 until 2014 was a Post-doctoral researcher at the CRIA-IUL in Lisbon, Portugal (fellowship by FCT). Her research was about ways in which Portuguese Gypsy families make a living through economic activities on the margin or outside of direct state intervention, especially in street selling activities in some open-air markets in Lisbon: performances, markets sensoriality, economic routes, social networks, processes of commodification are some of the topics addressed.
Her first research was about the relationships between spaces and emotions, social and institutional suffering and housing processes within some families of Portuguese Gypsies in South Portugal (see papers and chapters in books). She obtained her PhD at the University of Florence.
She was visiting student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, integrating the Research Project "Sociocultural subjects in indigenous education: an interdisciplinary research (coords. Prof. Ana Maria Rabelo Gomes, Prof. Carlos Henrique de Souza Gerken and Prof. Myriam Martins Álvares).
She has conducted her PhD research in Brazil, with an indigenous group in State of Minas Gerais in 2004-2005. Investigation was about the process of creation and development of the indigenous school and the training course for indigenous teachers (see book, papers and talks).
She has presented her work at several international conferences in Europe and Latin America. She has (2009) convened, with Chiara Pussetti, a panel, entitled “Experiencing the social suffering: its ambiguities and articulations” at the IV APA Congress and, with Manuela Ivone da Cunha, and Tomáš Hrustič (2012), the ESF Exploratory Workshops “ The Two Sides Of The Coin: Gypsy Economies Between The State And The Market”.
Recently (2013-2015) she was Unit Coordinator Researcher at CRIA-IUL in the European Project: WE - Wor(l)ds Which Exclude (Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme, European Commission). She has teaching experiences in Portugal (ISCTE-IUL; ISPA), Brazil (UFMG; UFSC) and Italy (University of Verona)