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Irene Costantini

Irene Costantini is a research fellow at the Middle East Research Institute. Her research interests include the politics of statebuilding interventions, the political economy of conflict and post-conflict transition, and processes of state transformation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, focusing in particular on Iraq and Libya.

Irene holds a MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (2011), and a MA in Middle East Studies from “La Sapienza”, University of Rome (2007). She completed her Doctorate in International Relations at the University of Trento, Italy, in April 2015. Her PhD thesis examines the economic governance resulting from regime change in Iraq and Libya and evaluates its impact on state-society-economy relations in the two countries. She worked as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York (2015-2016).

Irene has professional experience in research and teaching in academic institutions and in managing EU and internationally funded research projects. She has extensive fieldwork experience in the MENA region, having conducted research in various countries, including Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. She published on various issues related to the political economy of conflict and post-conflict transition in peer-reviewed journals, including International Peacekeeping, the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and Conflict, Security & Development, in addition to other contributions in edited volumes.

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