Alessandra Zampieri is the Head of the Demography, Migration and Governance Unit at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). She is responsible for running the Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) that was established in June 2016.
The KCMD aims to provide EU policymakers with policy-relevant knowledge and evidence-based analysis in order to strengthen the response to the opportunities and challenges stemming from migration. In addition to supporting the European Agenda on Migration, her Unit undertakes research to create and improve knowledge for situational awareness and for anticipating migratory and demographic trends and their impacts on the EU – touching upon many different EU policies, including employment, education, humanitarian aid, development and climate adaptation.
After her graduation in Economics, Alessandra joined the European Commission in Brussels and she spent several years formulating transport policies, first in the competent Commission services and then in the Cabinet of Vice President De Palacio. In 2009 she joined the JRC as Head of the Maritime Affairs Unit tasked with developing scientific and technological methodologies for EU policies related to the sea, including border management.