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I am Associate Professor of International Relations and Global Civil Society at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania, where I serve as Erasmus coordinator, Deputy Director for Internationalization and Research, and Vice-Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Political Sciences. I also teach Political Violence and Terrorism at the OSCE Academy, Bishkek.
I currently serve as member of the ECPR Executive Committee, Secretary General of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP); Chair of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations; President of the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA). I have served as member of the ISA Governing Council (2019-2021).
My research is focused on non-state actors’ influence on global politics, both positive (civil society movements and NGOs) and negative (organized crime groups and terrorists). On these topics, I have extensively published monographs, edited volumes, book chapters and journal articles (among others, on Global Crime, The European Union Review, Perspectives in European Politics and Society, European Foreign Affairs Review).
I am co-editor of the Springer book series on Non-State Actors in International Relations, together with Marianna Charountaki. The first edited book, on Mapping Non-State Actors in International Relations will be published by the end of 2021.
My simulation, Game of Peace, has been recently awarded in a competition on European teaching practices that enhance learning for international students (IMPACT Project).
I have designed a totally free online distance learning course on International Relations addressed to students from all over the world. It consists of five thematic areas, includes built-in assessment tools, and successful completion will result in obtaining a certificate. Follow this link, enroll and feel free to contact me for assistance.
I have just published a piece in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on International Studies:
Irrera, D. (2021). Non-state actors and conflict management in proxy wars. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. Oxford University Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.641
I’m a multilingual and multicultural person. In my free time, I travel as much as possible, I daily play yoga and mindfulness meditation, and I love reading, listening to music all day and skiing.