Antonietta Pagano is Professor of Asian History and Institutions and of Applied Geography in the Faculty of Political Science of the Niccolò Cusano University in Rome. In addition, she is a member of the Office Staff of the Italian Geographical Society in Rome and researcher at the European Centre for International Affairs in Brussels. Previously, she has been contract professor of Sustainable Development and Migratory Flows and of Economic Geography at the LUISS University of Rome. She has also worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York. Her main fields of research are international migrations, relations between migration and local development and Asian political and territorial tensions.