South-South cooperation, China-Africa, Industrialisation, Infrastructure, Cities.
Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; International Institute of Social Studies
Valeria is pursuing her double PhD degree in global politics (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies) and development studies (International Institute of Social Studies). Valeria research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and international political economy, with a particular focus on development financing and the rise of China in the global context. Her dissertation “Beltways of agency: drivers, modalities and outcomes of Chinese engagement in Ethiopian infrastructure investments” centres on the linkages between Chinese firms’ increasing presence in the Ethiopian infrastructure sector and local processes of development. Valeria holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and an MA in International Relations from the University of Roma Tre. Previously, she has held visiting positions at the Tsinghua University and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. She has also worked for various international organisations and research institutes across Europe, Asia and Africa (OECD, UNDP-Ethiopia, UNIDO China, Operation Asha India).