Based in Torino (Italy), T.wai offers a dynamic environment for researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds and cultural milieu to work in close cooperation. The Institute takes part in the international conversation on the critical global, regional and country-specific challenges of our age by promoting informed debate and influential ideas through seminars, academic lectures, web tools and joint initiatives with the media.
T.wai regularly hosts speakers from around the world for a rich programme of events and conferences, often in parnership with the local University of Torino. The Institute is also home to the monthly papers OrizzonteCina and IndiaIndie, among Italy’s leading publications on the politics, economics and international relations of contemporary China and India.
T.wai maintains substantial partnerships with a number of high-profile academic departments, research centres and individual researchers throughout the world, including the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Mario Einaudi Center at Cornell University, SIPRI, the Chinese Institute for Contemporary International Relations, the East Asian Institute (National University of Singapore) and CM2S (Centre Marocain des Sciences Sociales). The Institute does seek financial support from other organizations in order to carry out its broad research programme.
ResearchResearch is structured around three areas:
1) Emerging Actors, with special attention devoted to China and India
2) Europe and the Maghreb, international order and the theory of global politics
3) Security studies, with a focus on new approaches to security and the privatization of violence
Anna Caffarena, President
Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Turin
Deputy Director, Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin
She has written extensively on International Relation’s theory, international order, multilateralism, international organization. She is in charge of the Global studies programme of the master course in Scienze internazionali of the Università di Torino. She is part of the Phd School Scuola di Dottorato in Scienze Umane e Sociali of the Università di Torino, and of the Steering coommittee of the Scuola Universitaria Interfacoltà in Scienze Strategiche. Honorary Fellow at Exeter University (UK), 1999-2000, was invited speaker at Scuola Superiore S. Anna di Pisa and Scuola Superiore dell’Università di Udine. Until 2010, member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Society of Political Science - Società Italiana di Scienza Politica - SISP and of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on International Relations of the European Consortium for Political Research - ECPR. She is founding member and President of T.wai, Torino World Affairs Institute. She was Local organizer of the Sixth Pan-European Conference of International Relations, Turin 12-15 September 2007. Member of the Scientific Board of the journal Teoria Politica. Editor of the journal Biblioteca della Libertà from 2005 to 2008.
Giovanni Andornino, Vice President
Assistant Professor of International Relations of East Asia at the University of Turin
Associate at the China Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney
A Ph.D. in International Relations from the Catholic University of Milan, Dr. Andornino is the author of Dopo la muraglia. La Cina nella politica internazionale del XXI secolo (“After the Wall: China in XXI century international politics”), Milan 2008, and co-author of L’orizzonte del mondo (“The world’s horizon”), Milan 2010. His chapters on China and global governance feature in the 2010 Routledge Handbook of Chinese International Relations (S. Breslin ed.), the 2011 Brookings Institution Press Frontiers of Europe (F. Bindi e I. Angelescu eds.), and the forthcoming China through Italian Eyes (S. Beretta and L. Zhang eds.).
A recipient of an Australian Centre on China in the World scholarly visit grant in 2011 and the London School of Economics McKenzie Prize in 2005, Dr. Andornino has published on China & World Economy, The International Spectator, Teoria Politica and for a working paper series of the LSE, where he completed with distinction an MSc in Global History in 2005. A Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (Washington DC) in 2010, Dr. Andornino is a former Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, P.R.China (2009) and Adjunct Professor of Regional Studies at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy (2008-2011). He lectures regularly in advanced training schemes, including at the “Istituto Diplomatico” of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, the “Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori” in Pavia and the “Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale” (ISPI) in Milan.
Dr. Andornino is the editor of OrizzonteCina, a leading Italian monthly publication discussing trends and ideas regarding contemporary China’s politics and economy, and General Editor of TheChinaCompanion, a web portal specializing on Chinese politics, international relations and international political economy. He is the scientific director of the TOChina Summer School, held yearly since 2007.
Phone: +39 011 5591626
Fabio Armao, Head of research
Full Professor of International Relations, University of Turin
Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Turin
Current research focuses on non-state armed actors and transnational organized crime, as both local and global challengers of state sovereignty; and on the peculiar methodological problems related to this field of analysis.
His published work in English include:
- Why is Organized Crime so Successful?, in F. Allum and R. Siebert (eds.), Organized Crime and the Challenge to Democracy, Routledge, London 2003, pp. 27-38;
- Who is the Enemy? Scenarios of War in Times of Globalization, in M. Evangelista (ed.), Peace Studies. Critical Concepts in Political Science, vol. 3, Routledge, London 2005, pp. 279-305;
- The Market of Violence: From Monopoly to Free Competition, in G. Giacomello e R. Craig Nation (eds.), Security in the West. Evolution of a Concept, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2009, pp. 101-133.
Irene Bono, Head of research
Research fellow at the CERI - Sciences Po in Paris (novembre 2011-may 2012)
Research associate at the Moroccan Center of Social Sciences (CM2S), University Hassan II, Casablanca
She has been post-doc at the Department of Political Studies of the University of Turin (2009-2011). She holds a Ph.D. in political science (2009) from the same institution with a thesis about the participatory phenomenon in Morocco, a European Master in Euro-Mediterranean Relations from the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice (2008), a full degree in International Relations from the University of Turin (2005), and a Political studies certificate from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence (2003). She is member of the Fonds d'Analyse des Sociétés Politiques (FASOPO) and she regularly collaborates with the Centre d'Etudes Sociales Economiques et Manageriales (CESEM) de Rabat.
Her research tackles the process of state formation and the neoliberal transformations of the exercise of power, by focusing on practices and narratives related to non-governmental actors with an approach of historical sociology of politics and economics. Until now she had the opportunity to decline such interests working on associations and foundations, on entrepreneurs, on social and development policies, emergency and knowledge, in Morocco, in Italy, and more generally in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
Among her publications, “L'activisme associatif comme marché du travail” (Politique africaine n.120, 2010), Le phénomène participatif au Maroc à travers ses styles d'action et ses normes (Les Etudes du CERI, 2010), In nome della società civile, un caso di sviluppo partecipato in Marocco (Guerini, Milano 2010). She is currently working on a book on The contingent government of inequality in Morocco, (forthcoming 2012).
As head of research in global politics at the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) she is responsible of the Economic and Social Dynamics Beyond the “Arab Awakening” research programme, and of the Observatory on Mobility in the European Research Area with Chiara Carrozza. She is also the editor of the T.wai Pre.testo series.
Giuseppe Gabusi, Head of Research
Adjoint professor of International political economy and political economy of East Asia, University of Turin
Adjoint Professor, Regional Studies (International Relations of East Asia) and International political economy, Catholic University of Milan
Among his works are L’importazione del capitalismo: il ruolo delle istituzioni nello sviluppo economico cinese, Vita & Pensiero, Milano 2009; From the ‘Roaring Nineties’ to the Doha Stalemate: China’s development within the WTO negotiation framework, in F. Bestagno – L. Rubini (eds.), Challenges of Development: Asian Perspectives, Vita & Pensiero, Milano 2010.Evolution after revolution: the Chinese ‘claiming state’ between history and textbook economics, in L. Wang (ed.), Rising China in the Changing World Economy, Routledge, London 2012.
Phone: +39 011 5591634
Stefano Ruzza, Head of Research
Adjunct Professor of Strategic Studies and of Democratization Processes, University of Turin
His research interests mainly focus around conflict transformation, non-state armed actors in international relations and, more specifically, on private military and security companies.
A Ph.D. in Strategic Studies from the University of Torino (with scholarship from the Italian MoD), Dr. Ruzza is the author of Guerre conto terzi: Aziende di sicurezza e privatizzazione della funzione militare (“Fighting others’ war: Security firms and military privatization”), Bologna 2011, and also of Combattere: I dilemma delle democrazie (“Fight: The democracies’ dilemmas”), Roma 2010. he co-authored L’orizzonte del mondo (“The world’s horizon”), Milan 2010, and his chapter on Italian security commercialization will be published on the forthcoming The Commercialization of Security in Europe: Consequences for Peace and Reconciliation (A. Leander ed., PRIO New Security Studies, Routledge).
Formerly a visiting scholar at Cornell University, he is currently a member of the Italian Political Science Association (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica – SISP) and of the Editorial Board of WARning: Rivista semestrale di studi internazionali (“WARning: Biannual Journal of International Studies”), a prominent Italian scientific journal focused on issues of war, conflict and peace.
He lectures regularly in advanced educational programs of the Italian Army, including Staff Courses, Post-Conflict Rebuilding Management courses and pre-deployment courses aimed at OMLT (Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team) personnel.
Dr. Ruzza is responsible for the Italian translation of the world-renown SIPRI Yearbook Booklet and is the scientific director of the Engaging Conflict Summer School, an advanced training program designed to critically understand conflict and tackle it as a dynamic reality. As a part of its Planning Committee, Dr. Ruzza also helps in running the “Emerging Patters of Insecurity Dialogue” (EPID) project, a privileged venue for analyzing and discussing the role of non-governmental armed organization in today’s world and their political and social implications.
Matilde Adduci, Research Associate
Research Fellow at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin
Her research activity focuses on the socio-economic impact of neoliberalism on the Indian state of Orissa. Her research interests include development theory, neoliberalism, India’s political economy. Her recent publications include ‘Neoliberal Wave Rocks Chilika Lake, India: Conflict over Intensive Aquaculture from a Class Perspective’, Journal of Agrarian Change 9(4), pp. 484-511 and ‘Neoliberalism and Class Reproduction in India: The Political Economy of Privatisation in the Mineral Sector in the Indian State of Orissa’, Forum for Social Economics (Published Online First: 3 July 2011 DOI: 10.1007/s12143-011-9091-z).
Chiara Carrozza, Non Resident Research Associate
Research Fellow at CES - Centro de Estudos Sociais, University of Coimbra
My research has been focusing on the contested Italian water management reform (1994-referendum 2011), having two main goals: i) to explain how water actors interpreted the margins of flexibility provided by the new regulations of the 1994, ii) to explore the 20 years old controversy around the reform by delving into the different ways of conceiving the “water problem” in the national context.
While I am still working on this last topic, during my post-doc I will develop a new research projects exploring – both theoretically and empirically – the role of expertise in decision-making processes. Following “interpretive approaches” for policy studies and the literature of the Science and Technology Studies, the research will focus the relation between knowledge production and governance production by exploring the reproduction of the scientific cultures in environmental policies.
I am also interested in research policies, particularly within the European Research Area. At Twai, in collaboration with Irene Bono, I am working on the research project OMERA Social Sciences (Observatory of Mobility in Social Sciences in the European Research Area) addressing the funding of social sciences’ research and the narratives of research mobility.
Among my publications: Decisional rounds and local modes of governance in Italian water management reform in Water Policy (2011), La riforma dei servizi pubblici locali. Il caso dei servizi idrici, in Stato e Mercato (2011), Privatising local public services between industrial legacy and political ambitions, in Local Government Studies (2010), I referendum del 2011. Una vittoria a metà, in Politica in Italia 2011 (Il Mulino, forthcoming 2012).
Enrico Fardella, Non Resident Research Associate
Bairen Jihua Research Fellow, Peking University
Fellow EU Science & Technology China. Beijing Unviersity (BEIDA) (CN) , since 2010
Research Scholar, Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies, (University of Florence), since 2007
Teaching experience: Lectures in China at Beijing University (BEIDA), East China Normal University (ECNU), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and in Italy at the University of Florence (UF), University of Palermo (UP), University of Rome (UR), University of Turin (TU).
Project expertise: Organizer, The International Role of the People’s Republic of China. Thirty years after Mao’s death: a reflection, International Conference, University of Roma 3, Rome (IT), 2006; organizer, From the periphery to the Center: China in 2009, International Conference, University of Palermo (IT); Project Manager: The relationship between China and Europe during the Cold War, (1960s-1980s), International Conference organized with the support of the Fondazione Roma- Mediterraneo by the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center and East China Normal University; Founder of ThinkIn China monthly seminars sponsored by Turin World Affairs Institute and held in Beijing (PRC), Project Manager: What Will China Want? Foreign Policy Thinking from the next generation of Chinese Academia (2012-2014) project promoted by Turin World Affairs Institute and funded by Stiftung Mercatur (For references: Dr Andornino).
Studies: Post-Doc in History, Beijing University, 2010; PhD in History of International Relations, University of Florence (IT), 2007; Degree in Contemporary History, University of Bologna (IT), 2002 – cum laude.
Rewards: PRC Ministry of Education, China Post-Doc Special Scientific Fund, 2008; Beijing Daxue, Best-Post Doc 2009 Award, 2009.
• Enrico Fardella, Mao Zedong, (Milano: Mondadori, 2004) pp.191. (Italian) (subsequently translated and published also in Spanish, Dutch and Greek);
• Enrico Fardella, “The Sino-American Normalization: A Reassessment”, in Diplomatic History, Vol. 33, No. 4 (September 2009) 545-578;
• Enrico Fardella, “ Alle origini di un G-2? I rapporti tra Cina e Stati Uniti nel’era Obama” in ItalianiEuropei, 5/2009, 163-183;
• Enrico Fardella, ‘The Sino-American Entente of 1978-9 and Its “Baptism of Fire” in Indochina’, in Max Guderzo and Bruna Bagnato (eds), Global Diplomacy and Local Confrontation: The Last Decade of the Cold War, 1975-85, (London: Routledge, 2009) pp.154-165.
Ray Hervandi, Research Associate
MA in Applied Economics, Johns Hopkins University
An Indonesian, Ray holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in economics and foreign affairs, and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in applied economics. While at Hopkins, he completed the certificate in international studies from its School of Advanced International Studies. He speaks German and Japanese.
Phone: +39 011 5591628
Boris Samuel, Non Resident Research Associate
PhD candidate in Political Sciences, CERI/Sciences Po, Paris
Main research interests:
• Economic and financial reforms since 1990 in Africa
• Historical sociology of quantification in Africa
• Macroeconomics as modes of government
• Political economy of protests against high prices
Irene Capelli, Non Resident Research Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate in Social Anthropology, University of Turin
Sonia Cordera, Research Assistant
PhD candidate in History of International Relations, University of Florence
Sonia Cordera was rewarded during 2010-2011 with a research scholarship by Fondazione Luigi Einaudi of Turin. Her research interests focus on India's history and foreign-domestic policy, especially the evolution of India’s strategy towards grerat powers and its neighbours. She is working as research assistant at T.wai (Torino World Affairs Institute).
Simone Dossi, Research Assistant
Dr. in Political Science from SUM – Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Florence) in 2012.
Simone’s research interests centre on China’s foreign and security policy, especially the evolution of China’s military strategy and doctrine, China’s policy towards its neighbours, and the Chinese discourse on international politics. He was trained in Chinese language at the University of Milan and attended language courses at the Chinese People’s University, at Beijing Normal University, and at Peking University. In his research, Simone makes extensive use of the several Chinese-language sources that are now available, including academic books, journal articles, and the press.
Sara Minucci, Non Resident Research Assistant
Dr. in Political Science and International Relations, University of Turin
Sara’s research interests centre on political communication and popularization and spectacularization of politics, political communication on the Web.
Badiha Nahhass, Non Resident Research Assistant
PhD candidate in historical sociology, University of Casablanca
She holds a DESA in Public Law from the University Mohamed V in Rabat (2000), and a Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain in Madrid (2006).
Anna Paola Quaglia, Research Assistant
MSc in International Economics and Management, University of Torino
During and after her studies, Anna Paola has experienced different professional horizons as marketing trainee and assistant in two global Italian firms, Martini&Rossi and Ferrero. She has also spent three months working in the Afghanistan Unit at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, part of the MAE-CRUI program.
Anna Paola's research interests focus on China's ongoing economic and social transformation, particularly in terms of social stratification and social mobility.
Anna Paola Quaglia won the 2013 Call for Project competition at Torino's Centro Einaudi, for which she is conducting a research on "Chinese Urban Middle Class: China's Way to Economic Sustainability".
She joined T.wai in April 2013