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External collaborators

Clara Della valle


Clara della Valle is currently project manager and principal researcher of the project “Enhancing Women’s Participation in Peace and Security (WEPPS)”, implemented by the DIRPOLIS Institute, in partnership with Agency for Peacebuilding (Bologna), and funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. She is also academic tutor of the course “International Relations” at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna (Forlì Campus). Clara della Valle obtained her Ph.D. in “Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability” cum laude at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in July 2019. Her thesis investigates the EU approach to supporting women’s rights and empowerment in Tunisia, by adopting an interdisciplinary and ‘bottom-up’ perspective. In the frame of her doctoral research, she has conducted a six-months fieldwork in Tunisia, based at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC) in Tunis. Before enrolling in the Ph.D. Program, Clara della Valle held a second-level Master’s degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges campus), a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and a Master’s degree in International Relations (both cum laude) from the LUISS University (Rome). During her Bachelor’s degree, she did an Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po Aix (Aix en Provence). She has worked as an intern for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NPO Rondine Cittadella della Pace (Arezzo). She has also worked as a journalist in Rome for two years, becoming giornalista pubblicista in 2013.

Contributo su Rivista

Her research interests include: human rights and gender equality; UN, EU and national gender strategies; EU Foreign Policy (in particular, ENP); EU international actorness; Euro-Med relations; North-African countries; civil society; post-colonial feminist studies; Grounded-Theory methodology.


  • Lecture ‘A gap between rhetoric and performance? EU Normative Power applied to Tunisia and Egypt’s transitions’, given within the course ‘EU: a Civilian Power in a Transnational Context’, held by Prof. Anna Loretoni, Master in ‘International Studies and Transnational Governance’. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), 12 November 2015. 

  • Lecture ‘Una transizione fragile. Il rapporto tra Stato e società civile in Tunisia’ (with Ester Sigillò), given within the course in ‘Relazioni Internazionali’ held by Prof. Emilio Diodato, Master in ‘Relazioni Internazionali e Cooperazione allo Sviluppo’. Università per Stranieri (Perugia), 16 April 2018. 

  • Lecture ‘Sguardi di genere. Storia e attualità dei movimenti femminili nell’Impero Ottomano, in Turchia, e in Tunisia’ (with Çiğdem Oguz), given within the course in ‘Storia dei Paesi Islamici’ held by Dr. Renata Pepicelli. Dipartimento di Civilità e Forme del Sapere, Università di Pisa (Pisa), 10 May 2018. 

Conferences, seminars and workshops: 


  • Organization of policy dialogues and seminars within the ‘Italian Society’ of the ‘Falcone and Borsellino Promotion’ at the College of Europe (Bruges). AY: 2014-2015. 

  • Organization of the seminar ‘Deteriorating Human Rights and Freedom in Egypt. Reflections after the Regeni murder’ in honour of Giulio Regeni (with Alessandro Tinti, Prof. Anna Loretoni, Prof. Francesco Strazzari, Prof. Andrea de Guttry, Dr. Serena Giusti). Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), 12 May 2016. 

  • Organization of the seminar ‘La ricerca accademica sul campo: rischi e responsabilità’ in honour of Giulio Regeni (with Alessandro Tinti, Prof. Francesco Strazzari, Prof. Andrea de Guttry). Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), 24 May 2016. 

  • Contribution to the organization of the conference ‘Diversity. Un approccio interdisciplinare’, promoted by Cross-Think Lab and Trim2 Srl. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), 13 December 2016. 


  • Paper presenter at the workshop ‘Stability and Security in the Mediterranean and the Middle East’, organised by the International Economic Relations (IIER/IDOS) of Athens in collaboration with the School of Government of LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome); University of Catania; Group d’études et de recherches sur le Monde Arab contemporaine à l’Université Catholique de Louvain (GERMAC); Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean (Rhodes); Research Unit on European and International Studies (University of Zaragoza), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean. Athens, 26-28 May 2016. 

  • Paper presenter at the XXX Convegno Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP); Section 8: ‘International Relations’; Panel 8.4: ‘The quest for a new EU Global Strategy. Between theories and practice’. Milan, 15-17 September 2016. 

  • Speaker at the round-table ‘Giulio Regeni, l’Egitto, e i rischi della ricerca accademica’ (with Lorenzo Declich) at the Festival ‘Crocevia di Frontiere’ within UmbriaLibri. Foligno, 18-20 Novembre 2016. 

  • Participation to ‘MED2016 – Rome Mediterranean Dialogues’ organized by MAE and ISPI. Rome, 01-03 December 2016. 

  • Presentation of the research project at the ‘Atelier Doctoral de l’IRMC’ (Discussant: Dr. Jean-Pierre Cassarino). Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (Tunis), 27 March 2017. 

  • Participation to ‘Les Journées Doctoral de l’IRMC: interdisciplinarité et nouvaux objets de recherche’. Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (Tunis), 10-11 May 2017. 

  • Paper presenter at the conference ‘Europe as a Global Actor’, ISCTE-IUL. Lisbon, 19-20 June 2017.
  • Paper presenter at the V World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES). University of Seville 
(Seville), 16-20 July 2018. 

  • Paper presenter (with Serena Giusti) at the GLOBUS Workshop ‘Gender and EU Foreign Policy’. University 
College Dublin (Dublin), 29-30 November 2018. 

  • Speaker at the round-table of the Cineforum ‘Nove giorni al Cairo. Tortura e omicidio di Giulio Regeni’ (with 
Prof. Arturo Marzano, Dr. Renata Pepicelli, Prof. Francesco Tamburini, Laura Cappon). Università di Pisa 
(Pisa), 29 January 2019. 

  • Paper presenter at the 26th International Conference of Europeanists (CES). Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 
(Madrid), 20-22 June 2019. 

  • Paper presenter at the XXXIII Convegno Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP); Section 13: ‘The 
Mediterranean scenario’; Panel 13.2 ‘Human rights and the right to socio-political research in the Mediterranean area’. Università del Salento (Lecce), 12-14 September 2019. 


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