Elisa Gambino (she/her) is a Doctoral Researcher on the AFRIGOS project, where she contributes research on China-Africa engagement in the infrastructure sector.
Elisa has submitted her PhD thesis, titled The Political Economy of Sino-African Infrastructural Engagement: The Internationalisation of Chinese State-owned Companies in Kenya in May 2021 and is awaiting examination.
Prof. Paul Nugent, Dr. Jose-Maria Munoz, Dr. Daniel Hammond
Gambino, E. (2021, forthcoming). “Chinese Interests in the Development of African Transport Corridors: Building the Belt and Road Initiative through Market Expansion?”, in Nugent, P. and Lamarque, H. (eds.) Transport Corridors in Africa. Melton: James Currey.
Gambino, E. (2020). "La participation chinoise dans le développement des infrastructures de transport au Kenya: une transformation des géométries du pouvoir?" [Chinese Participation in Kenyan Transport Infrastructure: Reshaping Power-Geometries?], Critique Internationale, 89, pp. 95-114 [available here in French, please contact author for English version].
Gambino, E. (2020). What interests does China have in the Southern Red Sea?. Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) [available here].
Gambino, E. (2020). Job insecurity, labour contestation and everyday resistance at the Chinese-built Lamu port site in Kenya. The Asia Dialogue [available here].
Gambino, E. (2018). L'Africa nelle nuove vie della seta cinesi. Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) [available here].
- Analysing Development (distance learning)
- International Development: Research Design and Practice (in person & remote)
- International Political Economy (in person & remote)
- Comparative Politics in a Globalised World (in person & remote)
Conferences and seminars
Asia and Africa in Transition, Virtual Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 30th June 2021. Paper presenter (co-authors Dr. Frangton Chiyemura and Dr. Tim Zajontz).
Seminar co-contributor (with Kamau Wairuri) “Researcher Positionally and Access Negotiation in the Field”, part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences “Conducting PGR research in a time of COVID-19: Conceptual and Methodological Reframings”, 23rd November 2020.
Virtual Lecture “China-Africa Infrastructure Relations: Building infrastructure and brokering labour relations” as part of a China-Africa series for the Master Degree in Local Development, University of Padua, Italy, 6th November 2020.
Seminar: “Il Pragmatismo Cinese in Africa” [China’s pragmatism in Africa], University of Trento, Italy, 24th June 2020.
China's Aid During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Virtual Conference, 1st June 2020. Conference Organiser.
China in Africa: Impact on Local Societies, Economies and Cultures, 12th-13th December, 2019, Ghent University, Belgium.
3rd International Conference on the Belt and Road Initiative, 3rd-4th October 2019, the University of Edinburgh, UK. Panel co-organiser (with Dr. Ling Liu) and paper presenter.
Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEASC), 4th-6th September 2019, the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Paving the Path for the Belt and Road Initiative, 16th August 2019, the University of Greenwich, UK. Panel organiser (China-Africa infrastructure financing) and paper presenter (co-author Davide Zoppolato).
8th European Conference of African Studies (ECAS), 12th-14th June 2019, the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Global Asias 5, 4th-6th April 2019, Pennsylvania State College, USA.
Oxford China-Africa Network Conference, 22nd May 2018, The University of Oxford, UK.
Chinese in Africa/Africans in China, 9th-11th July 2020, Hong Kong. Panel organiser and paper presenter. (*postponed due to COVID-19)
"The Making of Belt and Road Initiative Projects in African States" (paper presenter, co-authors Dr. Frangton Chiyemura and Dr. Tim Zajontz), 26th March 2021, University of Helsinki, Finland.
"Democratising infrastructure workshop: exploring the relation between materiality and democracy" (Paper presenter) 23rd-24th January 2020, Durham University, UK.
"Interdisciplinary Marine Social Science" (Participant) 17th-18th September 2019, University of Lancaster, UK.
"Sino-African Engagement in the 21st Century" (Organiser and Chair), 17th June 2019, The University of Edinburgh, UK.
"Africa's Mobility Struggles" (Paper Presenter), 31st March - 1st April 2020, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda (*postponed due to COVID-19)
"Gender and Research" (organiser together with Ian Russell), 17th March 2020, University of Edinburgh, UK (*postponed due to COVID-19)
"AEGIS Summer School" 9th-13th June 2020, Cagliari University Italy (*postponed due to COVID-19)
Full scholarship (2017-2020) as part of the AFRIGOS project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant ADG-2014–670851.
Visiting Young Sinologist Programme (2018) at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China.
Master's in Chinese Studies, University of Edinburgh (2015-2017).
BA in Applied Languages (Chinese and English), University of Turin (2011-2014).
Language student at Fudan University, Shanghai (2012 and 2016); Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing (2013); East China Normal University, Shanghai (2015).