alessia passarelli

Alessia Passarelli
Junior Research Fellow

Current Position 

Since June 2019 she is research fellow at the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (Fscire) in Bologna working on the “Atlas on Religious or Belief Minorities. Rights and Claims”.

Education and Academic Experience

From 2017 until 2018 she worked for the Observatory for Religious Pluralism – GRISS (project funded by Emilia-Romagna Region in cooperation with Bologna University) researching Protestant Churches in the Region.

In October 2008 she started her doctoral studies at the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin on a research project on “Theories and practices of integration among Protestant churches in Ireland and Italy” (supervised by Dr. Ronit Lentin and Prof. Daniel Faas). She was awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the Irish Research Council. While at Trinity she was member of the Institute for Integration and Intercultural Studies (IIIS) and she also continued to work as consultant on other research project. She was the teaching assistance in European Societies and Introduction to Sociology (undergraduate courses). She submitted her thesis in April 2014 and successfully defended in September 2014.

Alessia Passarelli (born in 1979) graduated cum laude at Rome University “La Sapienza” in Cultural Anthropology researching Romanian Roma people in Rome (2004). From 2005 until 2008 she worked for the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) as project and research assistant on migration, integration and role of religion for migrants.



P. Naso, A. Passarelli, I giovani evangelici e l’immigrazione. Una generazione interculturale, Carocci, Roma, 2019.

A. Passarelli, Insights into Migrants’ Experiences in Active Participation in Churches in Europe, Brussels, CCME, 2010.


A. Passarelli, L’appartenenza religiosa dei giovani immigrati, in Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2018, «Idos/Confronti» (2018).

A. Passarelli, Evangelici, in Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2016, «Idos/Confronti» (2016).

A. Passarelli, Dalle politiche alle pratiche d’integrazione: modelli di essere chiesa insieme a confronto, «Protestantesimo» 3-4 (2013), pp. 407-416.

A. Passarelli, Integration, Migration and Religion: Responses of the Church of Ireland, «Translocations» 6, 2 (2010).

Book Chapters

A. Passarelli, Immigrazione ed integrazione nelle chiese protestanti in Italia ed in Irlanda: modelli di «essere chiesa insieme» a confronto, in Protestantesimo e sfide della contemporaneità. Percorsi inediti di scienze delle religioni’, a cura di A. Annese, Brescia, Morcellania, 2017, pp. 58-77.

A. Passarelli, Chiese etniche e multietniche al di là delle definizioni, in Un cantiere senza progetto. L’Italia delle religioni. Rapporto 2012, a cura di P. Naso, B. Salvarani, Bologna, EMI, 2012.

A. Passarelli, Beyond welcoming the strangers: Migrant integration processes among Protestant churches in Ireland, in Integration from below. Migrant-led activism in the Republic of Ireland, ed. by R. Lentin, E. Moreo, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 140-158.

A. Passarelli, Between past and future: Reflections on how migration has been taken into account by the Protestant churches in Italy and how this has affected their ecclesiological self-understanding, in Vieraanvaraisuus ja muukalaisuus, ed. by J. Salminen, Helsinki, Suomalainen Teologinen Kirjallisuusseura, 2011.

Edited Volumes

P. Naso, A. Passarelli, C. Paravati (a cura di), Granelli di Senape. Una fotografia delle delle chiese metodiste e valdesi in Italia, Torino, Claudiana, 2019.

D. Jackson, A. Passarelli (eds), Mapping Migration, Mapping Churches’ Responses. Belonging, Community and Integration, Brussels-Geneva, Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe/World Council of Churches, 2015.

P. Naso, A. Passarelli, T. Pispisa (a cura di), Sorelle e fratelli di Jerry Masslo. L’immigrazione evangelica in Italia, Torino, Claudiana, 2014.

D. Jackson, A. Passarelli (eds), Mapping Migration, Mapping Churches’ Responses, Brussels-Geneva, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe/World Council of Churches, 2008.