Francesca is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies.
Following the completion of her BA in Psychology from the University of Padua (Italy), Francesca commenced her career as researcher at the Centre for Immigrant Health at New York University. She moved to London in 2007 where she gained a MSc in Culture and Health at University College London and a PGDiploma in Infant Observation at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. Following the successful completion of the PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at UEL, in 2015 Francesca was accredited as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Francesca has completed her PhD at University College London with a thesis on Attachment in Caribbean Families in London.
Her professional career in Early Education started as LSA in a Primary School, where she worked with children with Special Educational Needs and English as Second Language. Francesca then moved onto the voluntary sector; first promoting the right to play for children with Special Needs and Disabilities for Action for Children, and then managing a Family Project, Children's Rights and Care Leavers Project for Barnardo's.
Francesca is a member of the British Association for International Comparative Education and of the Children's Rights Alliance for England; she currently volunteers for the Hackney Pirates and sits on the Board of Directors for the Play Association of Tower Hamlets. At UEL, Francesca is Module Leader for ED5005 (Advocating for Children's Rights in National and International Contexts) and its distance learning equivalent and for ED6007, Research Dissertation module.
- Member of the Board of Directors at PATH (Play Association Tower Hamlets) (Secretary)
- Volunteer for Hackney Pirates
- Member of BAICE and CRAE
- Member of the Spokesperson Network at the New Economic Foundation