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Ms Alice Alunni

Doctoral Research Student

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Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs  


Alice is a PhD Candidate at SGIA and an International Development Consultant. Her PhD research focuses on theories of nationalism, diaspora and civil society in the Arab World with an emphasis on Libya where she was based in 2013 and 2014. She acquired extensive experience in the past 10 years researching the MENA region - with a focus on Libyan politics, security, economy and society in the last 5 years - and collaborating with private institutes and international organisations such as the British Council, the Overseas Development Institute, the German Marshall Fund, the International Labour Organisation, the SAIS Bologna Institute for Policy Research and the Centre for American Studies in Rome. On the occasion of academic symposia, she consulted the UK National Security Council and UK military on the Islamic State, counter-terrorism strategies, SSR and DDR in Libya.

She received her M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University (Bologna '09-Washington D.C. '10), and her B.A. in International Relations from the Università degli Studi di Perugia. She speaks English, Italian, French and studies Arabic.

Research interests

  • Civil Society
  • Diaspora
  • Nationalism
  • Peacebuilding
  • Libya
  • North Africa


Chapter in book

  • Mezran, Karim & Alunni, Alice (Published). Libya: Negotiations for Transition. In Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat. Zartman, William I. University of Georgia Press. 249-290.

Journal Article