Established in August 2020, DEEP Italia Circle is focused on community projects and activities designed to foster empathy, peaceability, intercultural dialogue, and ecological regeneration. Like many other countries, Italy is faced with escalating environmental problems and increasing prejudice and racism against migrants and asylum seekers especially from South-Saharan and North Africa. We aim to address these and other issues through community engagements, educational activities, and dialogical projects to raise ecological awareness, to enhance empathy and compassion for communities that have been marginalised such as the African migrants, and to promote intercultural understanding, social inclusion, and peaceful perspectives.

Coordinator: Federica Casaccio Email:

Federica graduated from University Jaume I of Castelló de la Plana, Spain with a MA in International Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, a programme affiliated with UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace. She also holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Italy and during her undergraduate studies, she spent one academic semester at University of Zagreb as an exchange student. Among her experiences, Federica completed an internship at Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) in The Hague. Her work focused on SDG 16+ advocacy for the promotion of peaceful, just and inclusive societies and on Peace Education programme support. Previously, she worked as an intern at Lebanese Alternative Learning (LAL) in Beirut, where she designed and implemented a Conflict Resolution e-course for Lebanese kids and Syrian and Palestinian refugee children. She is now collaborating as an editor with Global Campaign for Peace Education with the youth-led NGO NextGen 5.0 as a research analyst.  Federica’s research interests include peacebuilding and sustainable peace, conflict resolution education, and political ecology.


David Scrimieri: David graduated from Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Italy with a BA in Political Science and International Relations. He is pursuing a MA in Diplomacy and International Cooperation at the University of Trieste, Italy. David has completed different courses on “international intelligence”, “geo-economy” and “conflicts related to natural resources”, among others. He worked on important projects while in university context, including working on a report about clean water and sanitation (sdg n.6) and another report about the Catalan referendum; he is a native speaker of Italian, Spanish and Catalan. His research interests include diplomacy, international relations, peacebuilding and sustainable peace, conflict prevention, ecology and political ecology.

Federica Aileen Mangano: Federica is 23 years old and she has a lot of curiosity. She is a young graduate from a BA in Political Science, International Relations and Human Rights from University of Padova (Italy). She is passionate about writing, books and slow journalism. Federica is currently editor of the editorial project Change the Future of Save the Children and she volunteers for Intercultura. She loves nature, traveling and working with minorities. Starting in February she will join the International Master program in Peace, Conflict and Development studies at University Jaume I in Castellò de la Plana (Spain). She dreams of writing about education, peace, and children’s rights.

Current Activities:

  • Planning and designing specific projects in consultation with community stakeholders in Italy.
  • Setting up social media platforms
  • Awareness about DEEP’s values, projects and work through social media


Planned Projects:

Awareness Campaign titled “Pace e Ambiente: Parliamone” (Peace and Environment: let’s speak about it!). The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of speaking of the relations between peace and environment and on its consequences on the Italian community.