Courses 


Comparative & International Environmental Politics


Course type: seminar, University of Essex, University of Oxford (in various forms)

The course focuses on the comparative and international politics of the environment, and considers the issues of natural resource provision and - in particular - climate issues at various levels of political behavior and organization, starting with individual-level values before moving up to environmental movements, interest groups, political parties, governments, and finally international organizations.

Political Economy of Development


Course type: seminar, University of Essex

The course evaluates the political economy dynamics that contribute and hinder economic, social and political development, especially in Global South countries. It covers growth models, productivity cycles as well as democratic institutions, corruption and gender/LGBT+ inclusion.

Foundations of Public Policy


Course type: seminar, University of Essex

This course is designed to give students comprehensive knowledge of how actors in the public and private sectors formulate, decide and implement public policy. It introduces key concepts and theories for understanding public policy making as well as the political realities faced by private and public institutions in areas such as education, health and environment.

Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences


Course type: lecture, University of Essex

The course provides the basics of the philosophy and theory of social science, its structure and procedures. It also tackles questions such as 'what is a research design?' and 'how does one conduct a rigorous empirical social study?'

Comparative Political Analysis


Course type: lecture, University of Essex, Milano, LUISS

The course provides an introduction into the main strategies of comparative empirical analysis in political science. It teaches the necessary analytical foundations that applied researchers use to conduct empirical work such as basic notions of experiments and the assumptions of observational studies.

Quantitative Methods in International Relations


Course type: seminar, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe

This is a quantitative reasoning course meant to provide students with a thorough introduction to the use of statistical methodology in the empirical study of international relations. It combines hands-on statistical training in R and applied learning of modern IR literature.

The International Politics of Climate Change


Course type: seminar, University of Konstanz

The course provides an introduction to concepts and perspectives employed within the international political debates on climate change. It first focuses on the international policies that help addressing this global environmental problem, and then tackles countries' interests, positions and strategies at international climate change negotiations.

Politics and Economics of International Energy


Course type: Seminar, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe

The course provides students with the critical knowledge and skills to analyze the extenalities of economic growth and energy use on a global scale. It specifically focuses on the forces behind energy policy and the interests of industrial, financial and political actors internationally.
 
 
Mentored Students

Supervised PhDs (Completed):

Lorenzo Crippa (2019-2022; degree from Essex; University of Glasgow)
Christoph Dworschak (2017-2020; degree from Essex; University of York)

Selected Masters students (active collaborators and co-authoring supervisees):

Héctor Hermida Rivera (2015-2016; currently PhD student at UEA)
Vittoria Franchina (2016; currently PhD student at University of Salzburg)

Selected Bachelors students (Hon. thesis advisees and 'Frontrunner' collaborators):

Amrita Nath (2022-2023)
Lucrezia Periotto (2017-2018)

Sarah Bintu Sakor (2015-2016)