Currently MPhil/Ph.D. student at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DRDP) of the University of Westminster. My academic background is in Political Science and International Relations Theory. I attended my first cycle of study (BA) at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ where I wrote a policy-driven dissertation on Italy and its geo-economic relationships with some MENA countries, with the goal of highlighting potential political and economic opportunities for the Italian government in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring. During my second cycle of study (MPhil) at the University of Bologna, I focused my research on the application of Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory to the field of International Politics, designing a theoretical model able to bridge the empirical gap between them. My MPhil thesis analyses the effects of the post-2008 European financial crisis over the process of European integration through the mimetic theoretical model, based on a cognitive-mimetic approach. I also applied the Girardian theoretical model in an article where I analyzed USA-Russia relations today that soon will be published by the Portal on Central Eastern and Balkan Europe (PECOB) called “The Mimetic Origins of the Cold War. Washington-Moscow: still two rival powers?” I also published two articles called “Peace & Culture. How Culture Can Hamper or Facilitate Activists’ Efforts” and “Obama and Putin’s Views on Freedom” on Peace and Culture on the re:Peace Magazine of the Centre for Peace Studies, University of Tromsø.
My Ph.D. project aims to explore how rivalries emerge. Specifically, the goal is to design a model that explains why and how a constructive competition can lead to a dyadic rivalry. This is done by examining the growth factors of the emergence of the Northern Ireland conflict through a social-anthropological approach informed by Leon Festinger’s Social-Comparison Theory and René Girard’s Mimetic Theory. Through showing that rivalry-affected societies present similar characteristics, this research highlights the importance of addressing a disruptive competition before it escalates to a rivalry, which can last for decades by finding new sources of dispute as time goes by. Finally, recommendations to prevent old rivalry to re-emerge will be provided.