Daniela Irrera, Ph.D.


University of Catania

City: Catania

Country: Italy

About Me:

I am Associate Professor of  International Relations and Global Civil Society at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania, where I serve as Erasmus coordinator and Deputy Dean for Internationalization and Research.I currently serve as Secretary of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP); Chair of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations; President of the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA), and member of the ISA Governing Council.I am Associate Editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, where I co-edit book reviews.

Research Interests


Conflict Processes & War

European Politics


My Research:

My research focuses on non-state actors’ influence on global politics, both positive (civil society movements and NGOs) and negative (organized crime groups and terrorists). On these topics, I have extensively published, monographs, edited volumes, book chapters and journal articles (among others, on Global Crime, The European Union Review, Perspectives in European Politics and Society).


Journal Articles:

(2018) The Relevance of Third-Party Intervention,, Conflict Management and Peace Science

Third-party intervention in conflict management has been extensively analysed by International Relations scholars, stressing both the types of actors involved and the various techniques and approaches that have been developed within and beyond ‘traditional’ diplomatic action. This special collection provides MA and PhD students in peace and conflict studies a chance to assess the state of the art in the current theoretical debate, as well as to deepen their knowledge and promote further reflection. This special collection consists of three parts: first, an overview of some basic assumptions on how to study the involvement of third-party intervention in conflict management; second, considerations of those characteristics that influence the propensity of actors, as well as trends in techniques and approaches, particularly with regard to local communities; and third, the relevance of natural and economic resources employed by third-party actors and their effect on conflicts.

Books Written:

(2018) EU Emergency response policies and NGO. Trends and innovations,, Palgrave Macmillan

This book analyses trends and changes in the European Union’s (EU) humanitarian aid policy, by focusing on the performance of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs). NGOs have developed strong relationships with international institutions but have also maintained direct interaction with EU member states. The result is a multi-layered process in which national interests, common values, universal principles and global duties meet and interact. By combining a deepening of the theoretical debate with the use of empirical data on the funding of NGO projects by EU institutions and member states, the book significantly furthers our understanding of the complex relationship between these actors. It will appeal to students and scholars interested in EU politics, global security, and international aid, as well as practitioners in the humanitarian field.

(2017) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy,, Palgrave Macmillan

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy examines a comprehensive range of counterterrorism policies, strategies, and practices across dozens of states and actors around the world. It covers the topics of terrorism and counterterrorism both thematically and by region, allowing for discussions about the underpinning dynamics of these fields, consideration of how terrorism and counterterrorism are evolving in the modern period, and in-depth analyses of individual states and non-state actors, and their approaches to countering terrorism and terrorist threats. It draws upon a multidisciplinary range of established scholars and upcoming new researchers from across multiple fields including political science and international relations, sociology, and history, examining both theory and practice in their respective chapters. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and practitioners alike.

Media Appearances:

Radio Appearances:

(2016) BBC

Interview to BBC on Red Cross presence in Afghanistan, 12 October 2016

Blog Posts:

(2017) EURACTIV.com

Brexit will badly impact Northern Ireland. Being cut off from the EU will rob it of its main stability guarantee, writes Daniela Irrera.

(2017) LSE Blog on Europe

Several EU governments have sent ships to the Mediterranean as part of efforts to tackle the ongoing migration crisis, but a number of non-governmental actors have also been involved in conducting operations. Daniela Irrera writes on the role of these actors and whether overreliance on NGOs could prove problematic if there is an upturn in attempted crossings in the central Mediterranean following the EU’s agreement with Turkey.