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I am Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania, where I have served as Erasmus coordinator and Deputy Director for Internationalization and Research, and currently serve Vice-Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Political Sciences.
I currently serve as member of the ECPR Executive Committee, 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) and Secretary General of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP) (2018-2021).
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 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 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.
I teach International Relations and Global Civil Society at the University of Catania and Political Violence and Terrorism at the OSCE Academy, Bishkek. My teaching philosophy is based on the promotion of active learning and interactions. I have designed my own simulation model, Game of Peace, which has been recently awarded in a competition on European teaching practices that enhance learning for international students (IMPACT Project).
My course on Global Civil Society is part of of the Global Studies courses offered within EUNICE, the European University for Customised Education, designed to solve social and economic challenges, both globally and locally.
I have also 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 regularly contribute to policy briefs, blog posts of expert networks, and to mass media on major international issues.
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 (I am a big U2 fan) and skiing.