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About Laura Balbo

Laura Balbo was Professor of Sociology at Milan University, Department of Political Science; previously at Milan Polytechnic; and at UCSC (University of California). She took leave having been elected at the Italian Parliament from 1983 to 1992. She occupied the post of Minister for Equal Opportunities from October 1999 to April 2000. She worked as a consultant for the European Office of the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, and for Unesco; she has taken part in work groups and commissions of the European Union (DG V and DG XII). She is chairman of the Association Italia-Razzismo and of the International Association for the Study of Racism (IASR, based in Amsterdam). She has published extensively. She is a member of the editorial committee of Italian and European magazines for which she regularly writes



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