Maria Pisani (PhD) is an academic activist. She is a lecturer in the Department of Youth and Community Studies, University of Malta. Maria’s research interests include forced migration, with a special interest in youth and intersectionalities, sovereignty, citizenship and political mobilisation. She combines this work with her interest in critical pedagogy and engaging praxis as a project of social transformation towards social justice. Maria has published widely in refereed journals and books, and most recently published ‘Between insecurity and hope: Reflections on youth work with young refugees’ as Editor-in-Chief. Maria is the co-founder and director of Integra Foundation, a Maltese NGO working towards inclusion and equity, with a focus on asylum seekers and refugees, and Executive Board Member on the Platform for Human Rights Malta.