Politics and International Studies


Giulia Piccolino PhD

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Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

Associate research fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

I joined Loughborough University in September 2016. Previously, I was a Post-doctoral researcher sponsored by the Alexander Von Humboldt foundation at the GIGA Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. I remain affiliated at the GIGA as an Associate research fellow. My main research interests lie in the field of peace and conflict studies and in the politics of developing countries (particularly Africa and Latino America). I was awarded my PhD at the University of Florence in Italy in 2012, with a dissertation where I explored the political use of nationalism during the conflict and peace process in Côte d’Ivoire. After my PhD, I participated in several collaborative research projects, including the EU-funded project ‘The Consequences of Democratization’ and ‘the REGIOCONF project, funded by Compagnia di San Paolo. I have also worked in the field of electoral assistance and observation for the United Nations and the Carter Center, an experience that has greatly strengthened my understanding of international conflict management.

My main research interests lie in the field of peace and conflict studies: in particular, I am interested in understanding the transition from war to peace and the long-term legacies of violent conflicts. My recent publications look at the problem of building a legitimate political order and a functioning state after a civil war terminated in the victory of one of the warring parties. I am currently involved in two main research projects. In collaboration with Phil Martin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Jeremy Speight (University of Alaska at Fairbanks) I am exploring the legacies of rebel governance in Northern of Côte d’Ivoire.  I am also co-investigator in the ESRC-Colciencia funded project “Territorial planning for peace and statebuilding in the Alto Cauca region of Colombia” (2018-2020), directed by Katherine Gough (Loughborough University, Geography) and Irene Velez Torres (Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia). I have conducted research or worked in Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. I have applied a wide range of research methods in my research, such as structured and open-ended interviews, focus groups and quantitative surveys.

While working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, I have also been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Hamburg and at Leuphana University Lüneburg. At Loughborough, I convene the undergraduate modules Politics of Developing Countries and International Conflict Management. I am a fellow of the High Education Academy since July 2018.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Ibrahim Magara: "International Mediation and the Sting of National Interests: The Place of IGAD’s Frontline Member States in the South Sudan Peace Process"
  • Tomas Halgas: "Early Identification, Termination, Prevention of Intranational Intergroup Conflict in Western Democratic Countries"

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Dorina Baltag (2018) "Practice and performance: EU diplomacy in Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus after the inauguration of the European External Action Service, 2010–2015"

Recent peer reviewed articles

Recent book chapters

  • Piccolino G. 2017, ‘The EU and regional integration in West Africa: what effects on conflict resolution and transformation?’, in Thomas Diez and Nathalie Tocci (eds) The EU, Promoting Regional Integration, and Conflict Resolution, Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan.
  • Piccolino G. 2015,  ‘Discours nationaliste et fétichisation de la loi en Côte d’Ivoire entre 2002 et 2011’ in Fabio Viti (ed.), La Côte d’Ivoire, d’une crise à l’autre, Paris : L’Harmattan.

Other recent publications