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Valeria Izzi

Valeria Izzi
Dr Valeria Izzi
Honorary Fellow
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Youth, International development, political economy of development, job creation, peacebuilding, conflict sensitive approaches to development, evidence-based development

Current Position

Honorary Fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

Impact and Learning Specialist, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), University of Edinburgh

Outline Biography

Laurea, Political Science, University of Pisa.

M.Sc., International Politics of Asia and Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Ph.D., International Law and Politics, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa.

I am currently part of the ESPA Directorate, supporting activities to build research impact and ensuring that knowledge generated by research projects is accessible to and usable by relevant stakeholders. In the past I have worked in international development for the UN system, NGOs and research institutions. 

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in examining the unintended impact of donors' development policies and interventions on social, political and cultural dynamics at the local level. My latest research focuses on the theory and practice of youth-specific interventions in international development, and in particular on the use of youth employment programmes as a stabilisation and peacebuilding measure in post-conflict African countries.I  recently collaborated with the International Security and Development Center in Berlin on producing an independent study on Employment Programmes and Peace, commissioned jointly by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, the International Labour Organisation, UNDP and the World Bank.


Book chapters and contributions to edited volumes

IZZI, V. & C. KUMAR (2013), “Do Youth Programmes Contribute to Post- Conflict Peacebuilding? Some reflections on existing practice”, in A. Schnabel and A. Tabyshalieva (eds), Escaping Victimhood: Children, Youth and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Tokyo: United Nations University Press. pp. 181-196, ISBN 978-92-808-1211-4.

IZZI, V. (2011), “Enfants soldats”, in M. Marzano (ed.), Dictionnaire de la Violence, Paris: Presses Universitaires Françaises, pp. 411-419. ISBN : 978-2-13-057734-8.

IZZI, V. (2011), “Johan Galtung”, in M. Marzano (ed.), Dictionnaire de la Violence, Paris: Presses Universitaires Françaises, pp. 523-528. ISBN : 978-2-13-057734-8.

IZZI, V. & K. PISHCHIKOVA (2011) “Engaging Civil Society in Peacebuilding”, in R. Marchetti & N. Tocci (eds), Conflict Society and Peacebuilding, New Delhi: Routledge India, pp. 41-71. ISBN: 978-0-415-68563-4.

IZZI, V. (2002), “Development and Human Rights: Stretching the World Bank?”, in A. de Guttry (ed.), Le nuove sfide nella protezione internazionale dei diritti dell’uomo, Pisa: Edizioni ETS, pp.81-99. ISBN: 88-467-0525-4

Journal articles

IZZI, V. (2013), “Just Keeping Them Busy? Youth employment projects as a peacebuilding tool”, International Development Planning Review, 35 (2), pp. 103-117.

IZZI, V. (2011), “No Nkunda No Job: Rumours, Local Narratives and Peacebuilding in the Kivus, Democratic Republic of Congo”, Human Security Perspectives, 1, pp.165-181.

Conference papers

IZZI, V. (2013), Why Youth Anyway? Examining the rationale for a youth-specific focus in donor-funded employment projects, Paper presented at the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Employment in the Global South – Copenhagen Business School, 25 June.

IZZI, V. (2011), Youth Unemployment and Peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa – unpacking assumptions, Paper presented at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London, 31 August.

IZZI, V. (2011), No Nkunda No Job: Local Perceptions, Rumours and Peacebuilding in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Paper presented at the 4th Graz Workshop on the Future of Security, University of Graz, 7-8 April.

IZZI, V. & K. PISHCHIKOVA (2009), Engaging Civil Society in Peacebuilding – reflections on past practice, Paper presented at the SHUR Final Conference, Luiss University, Rome,May 5.

IZZI, V. & C. KURZ (2009), Potential and Pitfalls of Conflict-Sensitive Development in Conflict Zones - reflections on the case of North Kivu, DRC, Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New York NY, February 17.

Reports (selection)

BROEK, T., FERGUSON, N.T.N, IZZI, V. & STOJETZ, W. (2016), Jobs Aid Peace - A Review of the Theory and Practice of the Impact of Employment Programmes on Peace in Fragile and Conflict-Affected CountriesBerlin: International Security and Development Center. 

IZZI, V. (2010), “Democratic Republic of Congo”, in Building an Inclusive, Responsive and Capable State, Background Papers for the UNDP Community of Practice Meeting, Dakar: United Nations Development Programme.

IZZI, V. & C. KURZ (2009), Etude sur la sensibilité aux conflits du Programme PEAR Plus. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: Search for Common Ground for UNICEF. October. (here the Executive Summary in English).

IZZI, V, D. MASUMBUKO, C. MOYROUD & C. KURZ (2009), Exercice participative d’Analyse des Conflits et des Capacités de Paix pour la Planification du Développement dans la Province du Nord-Kivu – Rapport Final, Cellule Provinciale d’Appui à la Pacification (CPAP) and UNDP. Goma, North Kivu, DRC, April.