Institute of Law, Politics and Development


ERIS is a group addressing emerging fields of research in international/transnational politics, with a focus on regional security, critical geopolitics and political economy. We study conflict and social change with attention to dynamics of peripheralization, control and liberation. Our main research lines cluster around:

  • critical approaches to security: security (and humanitarian) discourses, practices and technologies;
  • reconfigurations of territoriality and regional security models: critical border studies, hybrid security orders, extra-legal economies and resource wars;
  • state formation and transformation: transnational organised crime, terrorism, foreign fighters.

Our research projects focus on the MENA region, the Sahel and West Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and the Balkans. 

ERIS regularly meets in the context of two Pisa-based PhD programs: the PhD Human Rights and Global Politics, and PEI (Political Science, European Politics and International Relations, jointly organized with the Universities of Siena, Pisa and Florence).

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Ongoing projects:

Recent Publications

Who we are

Francesco Strazzari (Coordinator)
Laura Berlingozzi
Francesco Buscemi
Tanja Dramac
Mattia Grandi
Alice Martini
Alice Massari
Alessandra Russo
Alessandro Tinti

External Members

Katia Golovko
Mario Ragazzi
Ruth Maria Hanau Santini
Abel Polese
Ed Stoddard
Hans Van Der Veen
Giovanni Zanoletti
Francesca Zampagni




Source: Mario Ragazzi: