Dr Francesco Giumelli

Dr. Francesco Giumelli is a researcher in the field of international relations, specializing in international sanctions and illicit trade. His areas of expertise are international security, European studies, international organization, foreign policy and global governance. In his academic contributions, Dr. Giumelli adopted a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to study the complex dynamics of international sanctions, security complexes and trade relations. His research focused on the entire policy cycle of sanctions, from the study of the objectives of restrictive measures, to assessing their success, evaluating their implementation and tackling evasion. This latter research area has allowed Giumelli’s expertise to also include the various dimensions of illicit trade. His research on sanctions evasion contributes to the academic debate about informality and he also investigates how economic crises, such as the one caused by Covid-19, lead to the expansion and radicationlization of informal practices. 

He published three books with ECPR Press, Routledge and Il Mulino, and several academic articles on journals such as International Affairs, the Journal of Common Market Studies and Global Governance. Francesco Giumelli obtained his PhD at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane at the University of Florence and he has served as deputy director of the IR department at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, since 2017.