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Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Catania
Qualified to Full Professor of Political Science.
Visiting Professor of Political Violence and Terrorism, OSCE Academy, Bishkek.
Vice-Coordinator of the PhD Programme on Political Sciences, University of Catania.
2018-2021: Secretary General of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP).
2019-2022: Chair of the ECPR Standing on International Relations.
2019-2022: President of the European Peace Research Association.
2021-2027: Member of the ECPR Executive Committee.
1999 – University of Messina, Faculty of Political Sciences. Degree in International Political Sciences, cum laude. Degree thesis in History of International Relations on “The Peace Process in Northern Ireland”.
2004 – PhD in International Relations.
2000-2003: PhD program in International Relations, University of Catania. Dissertation on Criminal States.
Teaching & Research Positions
2004-2008 – Research Fellowship in Political Science, University of Messina, Faculty of Political Sciences.
2005-2009 – Lecturer of International Relations, University of Messina, Faculty of Political Sciences, Undergraduate course on International and European Studies.
2004-2008 – Lecturer of International Relations, University of Palermo, Faculty of Education, Undergraduate course on International Communication.
2007/2008 – Lecturer of United Nations (in English), University of Catania, Faculty of Political Sciences, Master course on EU Government and International Politics.
2011-2013: Member of the International PhD program in Global Politics and European Integration (XXIV cycle), Scuola Superiore di Catania.
2014: Director of the ERASMUS Intensive Programme, LLP 2013-1-IT2-ERA10-52933,‘Intensive Summer School on Serious and Organised Crime’, International Partnership: Universities of Catania, Bath, Masaryk (Brno), Nicolaus Copernicus (Torun).
2017: Member of the Book Prize Committee, IASOC Best Book on Organized Crime.
2018 – 2019: Member of the EUROMESCO Research Group on Cooperation with Religious Institutions as a European Policy Tool.
2020-2021: Member of the ISA Governing Council.
2019-2022: Member of the ISA Robert W. & Jessie Cox Award Committee.
2020: Member of the Jury of the Hedley Bull Prize in International Relations.
2019-2021: Member of the ISA Governing Council.
2020-2022: Member of the International Advisory Board, Shri Venkateshwara University, Uttar Pradesh, India.
2018-2020: Member of the Editorial Board of EuropeNow (edited by Council of European Studies). Responsible of International Relations issues.
Reviewer for European Security; Global Crime; Journal of Contemporary European Research; European Review of Organised Crime, the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, International Social Science Journal, International Migration, Journal of Common Market Studies, Parliamentary Affairs; Contemporary Italian Politics.
Member of the Editorial Board of:
- European Review of Organised Crime, ECPR Press;
- Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Review;
- Vestnik RUDN. International Relations;
- Journal of Maritime Studies;
Chief Editor of International and Political Studies.
Associate Editor of Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
Co-editor of the Springer book series on Non-State Actors in International Relations, together with Marianna Charountaki.
January-February 2002: Stony Brook University, New York.
October 2007: Clinton Institute for American Studies – University College Dublin, Ireland.
January-February 2009: Fulbright United States Institute on National Security – US Department of State; University of Delaware.
November 2009: Centre Catholique International (Geneva); Université Libre de Bruxelles, Institute of European Studies.
October – December (Michaelmas Term) 2012: Department of Sociology, and Extra-Legal Governance Institute (ExLegi), University of Oxford.
September- October 2015: DAAD Fellow at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.
May 2016: EU Center of Excellence, University of Alberta, Canada.
January-February 2017: Erasmus Mundus Program MUNDUSMAPP, IBEI, Barcelona.
July-August 2019/January 2020: Marie Curie secondment (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 777786), Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil.
February 2013: New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria. Courses: International Actors and Humanitarian Interventions; La politique étrangère de l’Union Européenne et les opérations de paix
April 2013: University of Economics Prague VŠE; Metropolitan University Prague. Courses: The EU policies in tackling organised crime; The EU Foreign and Defence Policy.
December 2013: Dogus University, Istanbul. Courses: Non-governmental organizations and peace missions; Transnational Organized Crime and States; Organized Crime and the EU
March 2014: Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore. Course: The EU Strategies in Tackling the Crime-Terror Nexus in the Multilateral Context
February 2015: National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Courses: Insecurity Complexes: the relations among criminals, terrorists and insurgents; Italy between the two wars; Multicultural experiences in Europe.
March 2015: Faculty of Law and Administration, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun. Course: ‘The EU and counterterrorism strategy’
March 2016: John Jay College for Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York. Lecture: Insecurity complexes: the impact of criminals, terrorists and insurgents on global politics
September 2016: Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands. Courses: NGOs, Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution: Measuring the impact of NGOs on Intergovernmental Organizations; The European Parliament and CSDP.
May 2019: Universidade de Beira Interior, Covilha, Portogallo. Courses: Terrorists and criminals affecting regional and global security: research trends and policy implications; The effects of populism in Italy.
Grants and Awards
1999 – Best Final Dissertation in International Politics, Bonino-Pulejo Foundation, Messina (30.000.000 Italian Lire)
2009: Research grant by the University of Catania. Research on “The role of NGOs in peace-building operations” (2.000 Euro)
2013 – Grant from Jean Monnet Action, Lifelong Learning Programme, for completing an ERASMUS Intensive Programme (IP) on ‘Intensive Summer School on Serious and Organised Crime’ (24.000 Euro)
2015 – DAAD Grant Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (2.500 Euro).
2016 – Short term visiting researcher fellowship at the EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Alberta (3.300 Canadian Dollars)
2016 – Visiting researcher fellowship for Erasmus Mundus Program MUNDUSMAPP, IBEI, Barcelona.
2018: Research grant by the University of Catania, to complete and submit a research (10.000 Euro).
2020: The simulation Game of Peace awarded one of the best European teaching practices that enhance learning for international students (IMPACT Project) Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships 2019-1-SK01-KA203-060671.
Network and Associations
- Italian Political Science Association (SISP);
- ECPR Standing Group on International Relations (Chair);
- International Studies Association (ISA);
- European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) (President);
- ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime;
- University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES);
- St. Joan’s International Alliance – NGO with consultative status to the Economic and Social Council United Nations (Delegated at the UN Headquarters inNew York, Geneva,Vienna);
- Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace)
- Academic Friends of EPLO
- International Humanitarian Studies Association
- Mediterranean Affairs (member of the advisory board)
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