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Dr Paola Rivetti

Law and Government

Name: Dr Paola Rivetti
Department: Law and Government
Role: Government
Phone Number: Ext. 6898
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Room: CG19d

Biographical Details

Dr Rivetti is an Assistant Professor in Politics of the Middle East and International Relations. In 2018, she received the DCU President's Early-Career Award for Excellence in Research and in 2017, she was nominated Early-Career Researcher of the Year by the Irish Research Council.

She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Siena and an MA in Political Science and IR from the University of Turin. She was an adjunct at the Catholic University of Milan between 2009 and 2011, a research fellow at the University of Turin in 2010 and 2011, and then an IRC postdoctoral fellow in DCU between 2011 and 2013.  She held visiting positions at Boğaziçi University, Laval University, University of Montreal (UdeM), University of Palermo. 

Her research interests focus on the government of societies and polities in the Middle East and North Africa from a comparative perspective; on social mobilisations and on migration in and from the region. She authored numerous scientific as well as non-academic publications on these topics. She carried out extensive field research in the region. She also worked and published on the topics of precarity in academia and academic freedom both in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the EU and US.

In 2016-2017, she held an IRC-funded New Horizons Grant and was involved in the FP-7 funded international research project on youth cultures in the MENA region SAHWA. She is part of the ITN-Marie Curie funded doctoral training network 'Around the Caspian'. In the past, her research was funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and Giovanni Goria Foundation. She is a co-founder of the Lund University-based European Iran Research Group and was the General Secretary of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) between 2013 and 2016.

She published articles in: 'International Journal of Middle East Studies', 'Democratization', ‘British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies’, ‘Journal of European Integration’, ‘Middle Eastern Studies’, ‘Mediterranean Politics’, ‘Alternatives: Global Local Political’; ‘Foreign Policy-Middle East Channel’; 'Anthropology of the Middle East'; 'Middle East Report online' among the others. She is co-editor of Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and Continuity and change before and after the Arab uprisings. Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt (Routledge, 2015). She also contributed analysis and reports to several international non-academic online and in press outlets (Presidential Power, LeftEast, QCode Mag, il Lavoro Culturale, Irish Humanities Association, Effimera, Global Project, Il Manifesto, Jadaliyya, Middle East-Asia Project, ProMosaik). Publication list

She welcomes applications from prospective research students interested in comparative politics, mobilisation, comparative governance and public policy, Middle East politics and Area studies.

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