Mattia Bottino is a trainee at the Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research. He is currently pursuing a Second-level Master’s Degree in participatory processes, communities, and networks of proximity. He holds a MA in International Relations and a BA in Political, Social and International Sciences from the University of Bologna. His research interests comprise deliberative processes (especially in divided societies), national minority rights and nationalism studies. He is passionate about interculturalism, foreign and (Romance) minority languages, history and Albanological studies. Walking in nature is for him the best form of self-love.