School of Social and Political Science

Mr Francesco D'Alema

Job Title

PhD Student

Background

Education 

2014: Laurea, Political Science and International Relations, Roma Tre University

2016: International Exchange Program, Sabanci University

2017: Master's Degree in European and International Studies, University of Trento

2017: Advanced Diploma in International Studies and Transnational governance, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Publications

D'Alema, F, (2017), The Evolution of Turkey's Syria Policy, IAI Working Papers

Research interests

Research interests

IR Theories; Sociological Approaches to IR; Field Theory; Practice Theory; Pierre Bourdieu; Discourse Analysis; International Politics of the Middle East; Turkish Foreign Policy 

PhD Projects

My research explores the impact of the Arab Spring on Middle East politics through an analysis of foreign policy discourses of Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia.  In doing so, it relies on Bourdieu's field theory, especially on his concepts of 'political field' and 'symbolic power', thus providing a contribution to the research agenda on practice theory and Pierre Bourdieu in IR. The research aims to unveil the relationship between domestic power struggles and  conflicting visions of regional order and political legitimacy.

 

Supervisors 

Dr. Andy Hom; Dr. Ewan Stein

Teaching experience

2019: Course tutor in 'International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond', School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh (undergraduate)

2019: Course tutor in 'Research Design in Politics and International Relations', School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh (undergraduate)

2021: Course tutor in 'International Security', School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh (postgraduate)