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Alessandra De Angelis

PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Alessandra is a PhD student in Law and Politics at the University of Nottingham with a multidisciplinary research project on the Europeanization of defence equipment markets.

She holds a BA (2006) and MA (2009) in European Law with the University of Parma, Italy (First, Distinction 110/110 cum laude). Alessandra also completed a post-graduate specialization (2010) in international transactions and business Law with the University of Milan Bicocca, Milan, Italy. She furthermore holds two post graduate specializations (2009-2010)) respectively in organized crime control policies and international criminal law from the Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven Belgium and the Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Science, Syracuse, Italy. Alessandra pursued an advanced joint diploma (2013) in design and analysis of public security and national defense policies form the University Institute of Lisbon (UL-ISCTE) and the Portuguese Institute of National Defence (IDN), Lisbon, Portugal.

Alessandra served as an intern (2007) to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations supporting the activities of the Italian representation to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). She furthermore served as an investigations assistant (2008) to the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Investigations Division (ID) in Vienna and as a legal/policy researcher (2009) at the Division for Operations with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

Alessandra is a European Lawyer qualified under the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese jurisdictions. She practiced as a lawyer and legal advisor in leading international law firms between 2009 and 2013. Alessandra also served as a legal and policy analyst with a leading innovation centre, INTELI Inteligência em Inovação, in Lisbon between 2012 and 2014. In that context she developed advanced policy analytical skills in the area of security, techno-industrial policy and defence. She also worked at the preparation of European industrial cooperation projects under FP7 and international projects under the Atlantic platform area.

Alessandra has been awarded a MAE/CRUI fellowship (Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, 2007), a Leonardo da Vinci European Fellowship (Antonio Viñal & Co Abogados, Madrid, Spain 2010), a Gulbenkian Foundation Research Prize (Social Sciences Research Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011) and a Vice Chancellor Scholarship for excellency in research, European Union (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2014-2017).

Alessandra is currently engaged in providing research support to the preparation of the European defense action plan with the EU Directorate General for Internal Market, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in Brussels, Belgium.

Alessandra is a multilingual professional, fluent in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. She is currently studying Russian.

Research Summary

Alessandra has been developing an interdisciplinary research project in Law and Politics aimed at explaining the process of Europeanization of defence equipment markets. Armaments policy has… read more

Participation to Conferences/Workshops/Trainings and field work activities:

28.29.04.2014 Alessandra delivered a presentation and contextually presented a paper entitled 'Competing policy frames at the heart of the European defence establishment and their impact on the process of European integration in defence procurement' at the 6th Public procurement Research Students Conference at the University of Nottingham, UK

12.06.2014 Alessandra delivered a presentation entitled 'Competing policy frameworks at the heart of the European Union and their impact on the process of European Armaments Integration' at the Postgraduate Research Conference 'Politics without borders' at the University of Nottingham, UK

July-August 2014 Alessandra attended a two-week training on 'Case study research: method and practise' lectured by Prof. Ingo Rolfing during the 9th ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques held in Lubijiana, Slovenia

April 2015 Alessandra completed scoping exploratory chats with EU policy makers and industrialists between Brussels, Rome and Paris to reconstruct empirical historical developments pertaining to her first case study analysis. Alessandra received partial economic support from the School of Politics and international relations, University of Nottingham

12.06.2015 Alessandra delivered a presentation entitled 'The making of a European armaments policy in the mid-90s: assessing policy consistency by observing policy preferences in the European armaments sector' at the Postgraduate Research Conference 'Politics in a volatile world' at the UoN, UK

September 2015 Alessandra spent a month research stay at the EU archives at the European University Institute in Florence to complete her archival research on the making of a EU-Commission armaments policy in the post Cold-war period supported by the Smith Trust scholarship from the School of Law, University of Nottingham

05.02.2016 Alessandra delivered a presentation entitled 'Conceptualizing the European Defence Equipment Market' at the 1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Conceptualizing Europe organized with the generous support of the Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Center at UoN, UK

17.02.2016 Alessandra delivered a presentation entitled 'The Europeanization of defence equipment markets' at the Law School Presentation Day at the UoN, UK

01.07.2016 Alessandra delivered a presentation entitled 'Explaining policy outcomes with process tracing' at the interdisciplinary workshop 'Social Sciences: different approaches, different solutions? An interdisciplinary dialogue' organized with the generous support of the Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Center at UoN, UK

02-03.11.2016 Alessandra participated in a number of workshops and technological demonstration events in the framework of the 2016 InnovateUK conference held at Manchester Central, UK

Current Research

Alessandra has been developing an interdisciplinary research project in Law and Politics aimed at explaining the process of Europeanization of defence equipment markets. Armaments policy has traditionally remained a prerogative of the national state; that notwithstanding very recently a number of supranational evolutions marked a shift in the regulatory control over the acquisition and the transfer of military goods and services. The question emerges spontaneously: why have armaments market been regulated at EU level? Why have economic and political actors agreed on a EU-rule based European Defence Equipment Market in an area that represent the bulwark of States' own sovereignty? The present PhD aims at providing an explanation to this interrogative building an interdisciplinary model-based explanation.

Alessandra is co-supervised by Prof. Wyn Rees and Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling from the School of Politics and International relations and by Prof. Irit Ronen-Mevorach from the School of Law.

Future Research

Alessandra has manifested a marked research interest in mixed analytical models combining regulatory and non regulatory instruments to accompany and assess the development of sector-specific policies. In specific, she is interested in deepening on SMEs-related regulatory and investment architectures in supporting innovation policies in the defense and security sector.

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