Alessandra Paiusco

Researcher and writer


PhD candidate in Political Science at Örebro University, focusing on climate change-induced migration. Part-time cultural critic.

I grew up in Italy and I live in Sweden. In between, many other places. I was a goalkeeper once, and I speak Mandarin (and some other languages).

Lösnummer - Örebros studenttidning
Changes in Migration Act to disproportionally affect PhD students and early-stage researchers at...

When the new Migration Act came into force on 20 July 2021, the rules for being allowed to stay in Sweden suddenly changed. More specifically, temporary residence permits are now the standard, and new requirements are placed on everyone who applies for a permanent residence permit. Prior to 20 July 2021, an amendment to the Aliens Act 2014 made it possible for foreign doctoral students to apply for a permanent residence permit after four years. This has now been discontinued without...

Noteworthy - The Journal Blog
On BLM, race and the concept of whiteness in Europe

I am a first-generation mixed-race from Italy, a country that recently started to be aware of the inexorable shift towards being more multicultural both at the national and European level. It is also a country that has recently rediscovered its deep problems with racism and a colonial past that was never fully addressed nor metabolized, and it is struggling to come to term with an increasingly mixed population.

Counter Arts
A Street Covered in Handmade Blankets

Palliative care is a type of specialized medical care for people living with a serious, often terminal, illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life of patients and their families, especially when it comes to end-of-life treatments. Etymologically, ‘palliative’ comes from the Latin word pallium, which means cloak. With this installation, the hospice wanted to raise awareness over the...

The new frontier of toxic positivity: influencers, infertility, and "miracle babies"

Toxic positivity is defined as the belief that no matter how dire or difficult a situation is, people should maintain a positive mindset. It’s a “good vibes only” approach to life. I believe many influencers hopeful attitude to infertility is an iteration of toxic positivity is simple: not all women will eventually be able to get pregnant and give birth. Either because of economic reasons, physical conditions, the timing that was never right – or the partner: not every woman will have...