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).

Our research blog:

Ongoing projects:

  • (2020) WEPPS – Enhancing Women’s Participation in Peace and Security, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • (2020-22) PREVEX – Preventing Violent Extremism in the Balkans and the MENA: Strengthening Resilience in Enabling Environments, funded by EU H2020
  • (2019-20) FRAGVENT – Fragile states and violent entrepreneurs: conflict, climate, refugees, funded by the Norwegian Research Council
  • (2018) CREATES – Creating Responsive Engaging and Tailored Education with Students, funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ program

Recent Publications

Who we are

Francesco Strazzari (Coordinator)
Laura Berlingozzi
Francesco Buscemi
Silvia Carenzi
Sevgi Dogan
Alice Martini
Elisa Piras
Ed Stoddard

External Members

Alessandra Russo
Beatrice Autelli
Margherita Belgioioso
Clara della Valle
Mattia Grandi
Katia Golovko
Michele Gonnelli
Lydia Letsch
Chiara Loschi
Mario Ragazzi
Ruth Maria Hanau Santini
Huma Saeed
Ervjola Selenica
Francesca Zampagni




Source: Mario Ragazzi: